Carey Mulligan: Hollywood has ignored the suffrage movement

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 2 November 2015
Carey Mulligan

Carey Mulligan

London-born actress Carey Mulligan has argued it's "crazy" Hollywood has largely ignored the suffrage movement

Carey Mulligan thinks it's "crazy" Hollywood has largely ignored the story of the suffrage movement.

The 30-year-old actress stars alongside Meryl Streep and Helena Bonham Carter in the new historical period drama 'Suffragette', and she's amazed that the fight to give women the right to vote has been neglected by the movie business.

She said: "I thought I knew a lot about the suffrage movement and I didn't. When I started reading the script, I had my eyes opened to a lot of things. And it kind of just struck me that it being so crazy that the story had never been told.

"So to finally bring the story to the screen was a massive deal to me."

However, Carey admitted that the problem is not restricted to the film industry.

She told CNN: "It's the fault of our education. I mean, I definitely didn't learn about the suffrage movement at school. There was a tiny paragraph dedicated to it in my history book.

"You know, at the time - when it all happened - it was documented by men. The newspapers were run by men and they were controlled by the parliament. So some of the stuff that happened went completely undocumented."


  • 5 stars
  • 2015
  • UK
  • 1h 46min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Sarah Gavron
  • Written by: Abi Morgan
  • Cast: Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham-Carter, Ben Whishaw, Meryl Streep
  • UK release: 30 October 2015

In 1912, laundry worker Maud (Mulligan) has her eyes opened to gender inequality by suffragette activists Violet (Duff), Edith (Bonham-Carter) and Alice (Garai). Gavron's decision to shoot it not as a stoic period piece but as a gritty actioner pays off, with a superb performance from Mulligan at the centre of a great cast.

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