Director Sarah Gavron has reunited with her BRICK LANE screenwriter Abi Morgan (THE IRON LADY, THE HOURS) to bring us the stirring story of the British women's suffrage movement. Beautifully shot in the Houses of Parliament, and with an excellent cast including Carey Mulligan, Meryl Streep (portraying Emmeline Pankhurst) and Brendan Gleeson - this gritty costume drama depicts the raw and often violent hunger for equality behind the movement, and may well prove a big winner during the upcoming awards season following it’s recent selection to open the 2015 London Film Festival.
It is a thoroughly valuable and absorbing film, with some terrifically managed suspense sequences that might conceivably have been admired by Gillo Pontecorvo. ★★★★
Written, shot and acted with a hot-blooded urgency that reminds you the struggle it depicts is an ongoing one - and which shakes up this most well-behaved of genres with a surge of civil disobedience. ★★★★
It's a tremendous, awards-worthy performance from Carey Mulligan. ★★★★