Academy Award-nominated actress Carey Mulligan’s newest project, Suffragette, tells the hard-fought battle for women to gain the right to vote in the United Kingdom. The film centers around Carey’s character, working-class Maud Watts, as she becomes disillusioned with her everyday reality and joins the suffragette movement. While Maud is fictional, many of the characters she interacts with throughout the film are not, including Meryl Streep as Emmeline Pankhurst, and Natalie Press as Emily Wilding. Helena Bonham Carter also appears in the film.
“It’s not just a documentary about a time,” Carey told me. “It’s not just saying, ‘This happened and we owe them a great deal and that’s brilliant.’ It’s saying, ‘That happened and we do owe them, but look where we are now.’ If you look globally, we have much farther to go. I hope it makes people feel empowered to speak up and do something.”
I sat down with Carey, Sarah Gavron, the film’s director, screenwriter Abi Morgan and co-producer Alison Owen to discuss the making of the movie, the real suffragettes and their lasting relevance in the world; they hope that the message and spirit of the film will be inspiring to women everywhere.
Suffragette opens in select theaters on Oct. 23.
Watch my complete interview with Carey and the women behind Suffragette on Yahoo News below: