The Official Suffragette Film Trailer Released

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On April 16th, we shared the teaser for the new film SUFFRAGETTE, but today, the filmmakers released the official two minute trailer, and it’s packed with inspiration.

“We don’t want to be lawbreakers, we want to be lawmakers!”

The film is about the British women’s suffrage movement of the late 19th and early 20th century, and not only does it boast an all-star cast including Carey Mulligan and Meryl Streep, the film was also directed (Sarah Gavron) and written (Abi Morgan) by women.

SUFFRAGETTE will be released in the U.K. on October 30th, and will open in the U.S. on October 23rd.

Here’s the official synopsis:

SUFFRAGETTE is the first ever feature film to tell the inspirational story of the foot soldiers of the early feminist movement who risked everything in the fight for equality.

About the British women’s suffrage feminist movement of the late 19th and early 20th century, the drama boasts an all-star cast of British heavyweights.With an all-star cast including Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter, Brendan Gleeson, Anne-Marie Duff, Ben Whishsaw and Meryl Streep as Emmeline Pankhurst, SUFFRAGETTE is the epic and thrilling first film about the remarkable untold story of the real foot soldiers of the Suffragette movement.

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 (played by Carey Mulligan) 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. A story told by women, about women, for women.

  • Amy Luna Manderino

    Why is this a story, “by women, for women, about women?” Is the story of the American Revolution a story “by men, for men, about men?” All stories of liberation are the inspiring history of all of humanity. Saying this is a story for “women” not only commits the error of believing that men do not profit from learning women’s history, but it also marginalizes women’s history into second class status. In addition, saying this is a “story about women” makes invisible all of the men who supported women’s suffrage at great cost to themselves. Today’s men need those role models of men who stood up for women’s equality. For many examples of such men, see Michael Kimmel’s excellent book “Against the Tide: Pro-Feminist Men in the United States, 1776-1990 a Documentary History.” (link below) Women’s history IS history, for all humans.

    • maidenshadows

      This movie is about the British Women’s movement. Some more reading for you.

    • Ariane Mitchell

      Think of the MEN!

    • Amy Luna Manderino

      Oh my! Talk about confirmation bias. All some women need to hear is anything positive about men and they circle the wagons, lol. If you actually READ my comment, you would have heard how using gender segregating language HURTS WOMEN. I guess it’s too subtle of a point for some people…

  • amacdougall

    I am SO excited about this! Emmeline Pankhurst is my absolute idol and the WSPU will be the focus of my master’s thesis next Spring! These women risked their bodies and lives for the right to vote, and shattered societal boundaries along the way! I always hoped to see a movie made about this, I don’t think, many people know just how far they went, how hard they fought. Hopefully it won’t disappoint!