Women may have won the right to vote almost a century ago, but the pay disparity between the sexes is still around 19.1 percent in the UK. To help balance things out – and to celebrate the release of powerful new drama ‘Suffragette’, starring Meryl Streep as firebrand activist Emmeline Pankhurst – the Lexi Cinema in Kensal Rise will be offering all female cinemagoers a 19.1 percent discount at the bar. And those who attend the Oct 21 screening of the film will get an extra treat: an introduction by Maggie Toy, granddaughter of original suffragette and Holloway hunger-striker Violet Mary Doudney. Toy will speak about her ancestor’s history of activism and bring along a certificate given by Pankhurst herself to thank Doudney for her service.
It’s one of a number of events in London cinemas marking the release of ‘Suffragette’, including a pair of discussions on women’s representation in the film industry featuring contributions from Emmeline’s granddaughter Helen Pankhurst and producer Faye Ward, one at Curzon Mayfair on Oct 22 and another at Picturehouse Central on Oct 23. There’ll also be a season of events across the country running until January under the title ‘Time is Now’: watch this space for further details.
To claim your bar discount, just turn up at the Lexi from Oct 16 with your ticket. And if you are attending the cinema with a significant (male) other, we urge you not to get a round in – this one’s just for you.
Check out interviews with the cast of ‘Suffragette’, including Meryl Streep and Carey Mulligan, and read a review of the film here.