Focus Features has issued a new poster for the dramatic film Suffragette in honor of Women’s Equality Day. August 26th is Women’s Equality Day and recognizes the day in 1920 when the US government finally gave women the right to vote. Suffragette, directed by Sarah Gavron and starring Meryl Streep, Carey Mulligan, and Helena Bonham Carter, is inspired by women who put themselves on the line in order to help ensure women would be given voting rights. The film has a female director, female writer (Abi Morgan), and female producers (Alison Owen and Faye Ward). The cast also includes Anne-Marie Duff, Romola Garai, Natalie Press, Ben Whishaw, and Brendan Gleeson.
Suffragette will open in theaters in LA and NY on October 23, 2015 before expanding to additional cities.
Academy Award nominees Carey Mulligan and Helena Bonham Carter, and three-time Academy Award winner Meryl Streep, lead the cast of a powerful drama about the women who were willing to lose everything in their fight for equality in early-20th-century Britain. The stirring story centers on Maud (played by Carey Mulligan), a working wife and mother whose life is forever changed when she is secretly recruited to join the U.K.’s growing suffragette movement. Galvanized by the outlaw fugitive Emmeline Pankhurst (Meryl Streep), Maud becomes an activist for the cause alongside women from all walks of life. When increasingly aggressive police action forces Maud and her dedicated fellow suffragettes underground, they engage in a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse with the authorities, who are shocked as the women’s civil disobedience escalates and sparks debate across the nation. Inspired by true events, Suffragette is a moving drama exploring the passion and heartbreak of those who risked all they had for women’s right to vote – their jobs, their homes, their children, and even their lives.
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