To celebrate International Women’s Day, Pathé has released a portrait of the women behind its major new film Suffragette – the first feature film to tell the story of the ordinary British women at the turn of the last century who risked everything in the fight for equality and the right to vote.
The photograph was taken by Brigitte Lacombe and features…
Back Row, Left to Right:
Sarah Gavron (Director), Helen Pankhurst (Great-granddaughter of Emmeline Pankhurst), Laura Pankhurst (Great-great-granddaughter of Emmeline Pankhurst), Alison Owen (Producer).
Front Row, Left to Right:
Abi Morgan (Screenwriter), Anne-Marie Duff (Actor), Meryl Streep (Actor), Carey Mulligan (Actor), Helena Bonham Carter (Actor), Faye Ward (Producer).
International Women’s Day takes place on Sunday 8 March 2015 and this year’s theme is ‘Make it Happen’.
“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,” said director Sarah Gavron. “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.”
British Film Institute figures show that, from 2007 to 2013, the average percentage of British films released each year that were directed by women was 12 per cent; and for films written by women the percentage was little better at 14.8 per cent.