Amazingly, there’s never been a film about the suffragettes (no, Mrs Banks in 'Mary Poppins' doesn’t count). Now the feminist pioneers finally get a film they deserve with ‘Suffragette’, which premiered last night at Telluride Film Festival in Colorado. It's brilliant and stars Carey Mulligan – doing cockney – as a Bethnal Green laundry worker who risks her job, her family, her everything to become a suffragette footsoldier in 1912. Mulligan, who’s about to have her first baby, didn’t attend the premiere, but her co-star Meryl Streep, who has a small part as Suffragette leader Emmeline Pankhurst, was there with the film’s director Sarah Gavron. Despite her absence, Mulligan – giving another one of those performances where it’s all in her eyes – is now the woman to beat for Best Actress come awards season.
‘Suffragette’ is out here on September 12 after opening the London Film Festival on September 7.