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Film Review: Suffragette (2015)

Director: Sarah Gavron
Running time: 1h 46m
Written by: Abi Morgan
Stars: Carey Mulligan, Anne-Marie Duff, Helena Bonham Carter

“I would rather be a rebel than a slave”. This line, the rallying cry of the elusive suffragette leader Emmiline Pankhurst (Meryl Streep), has been the cause of a storm of controversy in the twitterverse about the ‘tone deaf’ and implicitly ‘racist’ nature of Sarah Gavron’s film, Suffragette. Streep has been criticised for wearing a t-shirt with this quotation in interviews publicising the movie and her cameo role in it. Some feminist groups have picketed showings of the movie for failing to conform to their own narrow agenda, for its lack of diversity, etc, etc.

That’s a shame, because this is a fine movie which gives some insight into how women – especially poor working-class women – were treated just a century ago and why some of them chose to follow a militant path to achieve votes for women. Carey Mulligan gives a fine performance as Maud, a poor working mother who slaves away for long hours in a laundry for a pittance. One evening, delivering a parcel to a customer, she come across a group of suffragettes breaking windows as part of their campaign of direct action to win votes for women. Soon she gets drawn into the movement, rejecting the attempts of Scotland Yard to recruit her as an informer, and ends up in prison where she undergoes the indignity of force-feeding.

The wonderful Helena Bonham Carter never disappoints in her role as the local suffragette leader. She recruits new members, encourages and supports them and provides safe houses to those – like Maud – who are thrown out of their homes by their outraged husbands who find they can no longer control their wives.

Streep’s role is fleeting, but her character dominates the film as the hidden inspiration for these brave women. Brendan Gleason also excels as a Liverpool Irish policeman who had made his name combatting Fenian outrages a few years before. A copper with a conscience, he finds it hard to approve of how his colleagues treat these troublesome women.

I have no idea how historically accurate Gavron’s film is in its details but it’s a cracking story! Today’s women may not always appreciate it but they owe their status today – imperfect as it may be – to women like Maud and Emily Wilding Davison (played by Natalie Press), the young women who died under the hooves of the King’s horse at the Derby. Don’t miss this one!

Reviewed by David Kerr

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Film & DVD Review: Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland graphic

“In any fairy-tale land there is good and bad. What I liked about Underland is that everything is slightly off, even the good people. That, to me, is something different.” ~ Tim Burton, Director


The Mad Hatter

This film is amazing, outstanding. Very well-played by the actors. I also thought that the 3D graphics were astonishing. If I got the chance I would re-watch it all day. An amazing performance from Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, and Anne Hathway as well as the others. I think Depp did a very convincing Scottish accent, and really took the ‘Hatter’ mercury thing into account. I would recommend this to all ages!

It has similarities to the animated film, but is very different to this and other versions.  Compared to the other versions, this is the best.  Tim Burton was definitely the right Director for this job because he has a bizarre (but insightful)  view of the world and mode of thinking. That inspired, somewhat skewed view of the world really helps this movie stand out from the other versions and is perfect for the story. All in all this movie was ace!

Reviewed by Evyan

The Red Queen


From Walt Disney Pictures and visionary director TIM BURTON comes an epic 3D fantasy adventure “ALICE IN WONDERLAND,” a magical and imaginative twist on some of the most beloved stories of all time. JOHNNY DEPP (“Pirates of the Caribbean” films, “Public Enemies”) stars as the Mad Hatter, and MIA WASIKOWSKA (“Amelia”) as 19-year-old Alice, who returns to the whimsical world she first encountered as a young girl, reuniting with her childhood friends: the White Rabbit, Tweedledee and Tweedledum, the Dormouse, the Caterpillar, the Cheshire Cat, and of course, the Mad Hatter. “ALICE IN WONDERLAND” will be presented in Disney Digital 3D™, RealD 3D and IMAX® 3D. The film has been rated PG by the MPAA Ratings Board. RealD 3D is the new generation of entertainment, with crisp, bright, ultra-realistic images so lifelike you feel like you’ve stepped inside the movie. RealD 3D adds depth that puts you in the thick of the action, whether you’re joining favorite characters in a new world or dodging objects that seem to fly into the theatre. RealD pioneered today’s digital 3D and is the world’s most widely used 3D cinema technology with over 9,500 screens under contract and 5,000 screens installed in 48 countries. And unlike the old days of paper glasses, RealD 3D glasses look like sunglasses, are recyclable and designed to comfortably fit on all moviegoers, and easily over prescription glasses ( Along with the film’s nationwide release in conventional theatres, “ALICE IN WONDERLAND” will be released in IMAX® theatres, digitally re-mastered into the unparalleled image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience® through proprietary IMAX DMR® technology. With crystal clear images, laser-aligned digital sound and maximized field of view, IMAX provides the world’s most immersive movie experience. Capturing the wonder of Lewis Carroll’s beloved “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” (1865) and “Through the Looking-Glass” (1871) with stunning, avant-garde visuals and the most charismatic characters in literary history, “ALICE IN WONDERLAND” comes to the big screen around the world in Spring 2010.

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