As millions of Americans become hopeful that we’ll see the first woman elected President of the United States next fall, this fall we will have a chance to see millions of Brits hopeful that they’ll see women finally allowed to elect politicians of any kind. Suffragette, the first teaser for which can be seen above, is a drama about the suffrage movement in the UK around the turn of the 20th century.
Meryl Streep is in it, and she’s sure to earn her hundredth Oscar nomination for the portrayal of real-life voting activist Emmeline Pankhurts. Other substantial talents among the cast include Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter, Romola Garai, Natalie Press and a few men who you can look up if you must.
This very brief initial teaser doesn’t show us much more than a look at what “rock the vote” meant more than a century ago, and an essential glimpse of Streep in her latest guise, imploring Mulligan’s character to “never surrender; never give up the fight.” In a mere 20 seconds, though, we can be certain that this will be a big awards contender next February. Focus Features has the film scheduled for a seasonal October 23rd release.
Suffragette was written by Abi Morgan (The Iron Lady) and is directed by BAFTA nominee Sarah Gavron (Brick Lane, which was also written by Morgan). Here’s the official synopsis:
SUFFRAGETTE is a thrilling drama that tracks the story of the foot soldiers of the early feminist movement, women who were forced underground to pursue a dangerous game of cat and mouse with an increasingly brutal State. These women were not primarily from the genteel educated classes, they were working women who had seen peaceful protest achieve nothing. Radicalized and turning to violence as the only route to change, they were willing to lose everything in their fight for equality – their jobs, their homes, their children and their lives. MAUD was one such foot soldier. The story of her fight for dignity is as gripping and visceral as any thriller, it is also heart-breaking and inspirational.