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Helena Bonham Carter

'Suffragette' was pitched as 'a kick-ass movie where women in corsets get to blow things up'

'Suffragette' was pitched as 'a kick-ass movie where women in corsets get to blow things up'

"Suffragette" was a labor of love. Sarah Gavron, the director, and I had worked together before, bringing to the screen "Brick Lane," which was based on Monica Ali's novel of the life of a Bangladeshi woman living in the heart of East London. A woman who arrives in a country where she does not know the language and over time finally finds her voice. Delving into the past for "Suffragette," to focus on the militant fight fought by a determined group of Edwardian women to gain the vote for women in 1913 Britain, was not dissimilar. Both stories focused on giving voice to the voiceless, the working-class, often illiterate foot soldiers who had not been written...

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