Suffragette

Hollywood's story of the struggle for women's rights is late in coming, but more relevant than ever.

(GERMANY OUT) Great Britain England Manchester: Women's rights activists Suffragetes demonstrating for women's suffrage - 1910 - Photographer: Philipp Kester - Vintage property of ullstein bild  (Photo by Philipp Kester/ullstein bild via Getty Images)

Some have asked why it’s taken Hollywood so long to bring the plight of the brave women fighting for equal rights at the turn of the century to our screens. On the other hand, with gender inequality more than ever making international headlines, perhaps it’s the perfect time to celebrate freedoms so many of us take for granted.

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Suffragette hits the big screens on Monday 12th October 2015, and with an all-star cast including Meryl Streep, Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter, Brendan Gleeson and Ben Whishaw, it’s likely to tempt a high percentage of cinema goers keen to escape the dark evenings.

There has been some excitement around the fact that it is the first film to be shot in the Houses of Parliament, so you may like to start your homage there. For the historical enthusiasts among you walking tours of the key Suffragette hotspots are available, or you could opt for the Woman’s Rights Tour of Westminster for a more politically up-to-date experience.

Helena Bonham Carter and Carey Mulligan were seen filming in Islington’s Holloway Prison, but we don’t recommend applying to visit there unless you have to. Rather, try a trip to The Historic Dockyard Chatham in Kent, which doubled as the exterior to the Bethnal Green Laundry, a factory and a prison cell.

A variety of Georgian and Victorian architecture can be enjoyed at the 80-acre site, where you can soak in the cobbled streets, and industrial buildings that have characterised Britain’s maritime history.

If you’re a real costume drama aficionado keep a keen eye out, for the historic yards have also appeared in the BBC’s Call the Midwife and in ITV’s popular Downton AbbeyMr Selfridge and Foyle’s War as well as in hit movies, Les Miserables and The Golden Compass.

Words by Agnes Davis

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