Actress Anne-Marie Duff hopes to inspire the younger generation of females with Suffragette, as she’s worried they don’t know much about the movement.
The 44-year-old star is one of the main protagonists in the upcoming drama, based on early members of the women’s suffrage movement in late 19th and early 20th century London. Many have commented on how long it has taken for such important historical events to be brought to the big screen. Anne-Marie agrees and hopes to keep the message alive.
“There’s a danger that the suffragette message has got lost, so sometimes you have to revisit a story to make people understand,” she explained to Britain’s Metro newspaper. “One of the great things is the way the film is edited. It’s a 12 certificate, so young girls can see it. I felt proud to be involved in something that had a sense of commitment to what’s good and true and right. And it shows young women that it’s still a fight worth fighting. It’s a huge fight.”
Also starring in the movie are Helena Bonham-Carter and Meryl Streep, as well as leading lady Carey Mulligan. Anne-Marie was pleased to have been offered such a gritty, powerful role and welcomed her alter ego with open arms.
“It comes at the suffragette story from a working-class point of view, which I found really interesting,” she added. “My character Violet works with Carey Mulligan’s character (Maud) and she’s very committed to the cause. I had a ball playing her.”
Carey too has been open about what the project means to her. She believes inequality is still present within the movie industry, admitting certain comments anger her.
“You don’t say to men: ‘You played another really strong man,’” she previously told Elle UK. “The idea that women are inherently weak – and we’ve identified the few strong ones to tell stories about – is mad.”
– Cover Media