The first teaser trailer for Carey Mulligan’s upcoming drama “Suffragette” has just been released online, and you can watch it below. Carey Mulligan plays Maud and Meryl Streep stars as noted British political activist Emmeline Pankhurst. “Suffragette” has a U.K. release date of October 30, with no date set for the US as of yet.
“Suffragette” is an intense drama that tracks the story of the foot soldiers of the early feminist movement as they fought for the right to vote, women who were forced underground to pursue a dangerous game of cat and mouse with an increasingly brutal State. These women were not primarily from the genteel educated classes, they were working women who had seen peaceful protest achieve nothing. Radicalised 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. The character of Maud, played by Carey Mulligan, is one such foot soldier. The story of her fight for dignity is both heart-breaking and inspirational.
Focus Features has acquired the North American rights to “Suffragette”, the new film starring Meryl Streep, Helena Bonham-Carter and Carey Mulligan. Directed by BAFTA Award winner Sarah Gavron from a script written by Emmy Award winner Abi Morgan, the film is set for a Fall 2015 domestic release.
The cast of the U.K. film includes Academy Award nominees Carey Mulligan and Helena Bonham Carter, BAFTA Award winner Ben Whishaw, British Independent Film Award winner Anne-Marie Duff, Golden Globe Award nominee Brendan Gleeson, and three-time Academy Award winner Meryl Streep. Focus has also acquired the distribution rights for Latin America, India, South Korea, and most of Eastern Europe including Russia; Universal Pictures International will release the film in those territories. Focus CEO Peter Schlessel made the announcement today.
“Suffragette” is produced by Faye Ward and Alison Owen, Sarah Gavron (Brick Lane) directs the cast.
“Suffragette” is a moving drama that empowering all who are striving for equal rights in our own day and age. The stirring story, inspired by the early-20th-century campaign by the suffragettes for the right of women to vote, centers on Maud (played by Carey Mulligan), a working wife and mother who comes to realize that she must fight for her dignity both at home and in her workplace. Realizing that she is not alone, she becomes an activist alongside other brave women from all walks of life. The early efforts at resistance were passive but as the women faced increasingly aggressive police action, the suffragettes become galvanized – risking their very lives to ensure that women’s rights would be recognized and respected.
Peter Schlessel, CEO of Focus Features, said, “Suffragette is a story that will resonate with men and women across the generations; it is about parents and children, courage and dedication, and making hard choices. Sarah, Abi, Alison and Faye are women who represent an amazing convergence of filmmaking talent. We’re proud to partner with Pathé to bring this powerful drama to audiences worldwide.”
The deal was negotiated by Focus Features’ Beth Lemberger, Executive Vice President, Business Affairs, and Lia Buman, President of Acquisitions, with Cameron McCracken, Managing Director, Pathé Productions, and Muriel Sauzay, Head of Sales, Pathé International.
The cast and crew of “Suffragette” have posed for a photograph to celebrate International Women’s Day on Sunday (March 8).
Meryl Streep, Carey Mulligan and Helena Bonham Carter were joined by director Sarah Gavron, producers Faye Ward and Alison Owen and screenwriter Abi Morgan.
Helen Pankhurst, the great-granddaughter of suffragette leader Emmeline Pankhurst, also joined the cast and crew for the special occasion.
Streep plays political activist Emmeline opposite Mulligan’s Maud – a fellow activist in the feminist movement – in the project from Pathé, Film4 and the BFI Film Fund.
Speaking about the importance of International Women’s Day, Streep said: “Every daughter should know this history, every son write it on his own heart.”
Meanwhile, Gavron said: “International Women’s Day celebrates the achievements of women throughout the world and I am overjoyed that my film can be part of that celebration.
“The story of the ordinary British women who were willing to sacrifice everything in their fight for the right to vote is an inspiration to all of us in our ongoing fight for equality.”
“Suffragette” will be released in the UK on September 11.
After Bill Nighy saw David Hare’s play “Skylight” in 1995, he telephoned the playwright to tell him he had never had a better night in the theater. “I was exhilarated,” Mr. Nighy recalled. “It was everything I loved and admired, and I picked up the phone and said, ‘David! I’ve just seen “Skylark.’ ”
Mr. Nighy, tall, elegant and handsomely grizzled, gave the kind of patent-worthy self-deprecatory grimace that will be familiar to fans of his films “Love Actually” and “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.” “So that went well,” he said.
Mr. Hare evidently didn’t hold the slip of the tongue against him. Twenty years later, Mr. Nighy, 65, is playing Tom Sergeant, the lead male role in “Skylight,” for the third time in 18 years, in a production directed by Stephen Daldry that will begin a 13-week Broadway run at the John Golden Theater on March 13.
There, as in London last summer, when the play sold out for its entire run and attracted a record number of viewers to a live broadcast, he will act opposite Carey Mulligan, who plays Kyra Hollis, the young woman with whom Tom had a six-year affair that ended three years before the play begins.
Ms. Mulligan, 29, drew acclaim for her portrayal of Nina in Ian Rickson’s 2007 production of “The Seagull,” which reached Broadway the next year. Ms. Mulligan, Ben Brantley wrote in The New York Times, “may well turn out to be one of the great actresses of the 21st century.”
She has certainly turned out to be one of the busiest, largely working in film since earning a 2010 Oscar nomination for playing a teenager who has an affair with an older man in “An Education,” and starring as Daisy in Baz Luhrmann’s 2013 “The Great Gatsby,” among other roles.
Ms. Mulligan laughed heartily at Mr. Nighy’s “Skylark” story. “I’ve never heard that before,” she said delightedly.
A second trailer for “Far From the Madding Crowd” has been released today, featuring an whole host of new scenes and giving a more in-depth look at the plot. Watch it in full below: