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A film about women campaigning for the vote in early Edwardian England. Sounds a winner?   No, I didn’t think so either – but I was wrong.

Sarah Gavron’s Suffragette is an excellent film starring Carey Mulligan as Maud a young mother who works as a laundry worker in East London in 1912.   The film tells the story of the suffragette movement through the fictional personal story of Maud.   It is a device that works really well, including as it does a brief appearance of Meryl Streep as Emmeline Pankhurst and Helena Bonham-Carter as a somewhat explosive pharmacist.   The Irish police detective Steed (played by Brendan Gleeson) is convincing and gives an insight into the methods that the police used (it is an astonishing fact that some of the police files were only opened in 2002!).   It is an emotional and moving movie. There is plenty pain and pathos in the…

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