Friday, 23 October 2015
Carey Mulligan has the central role of Maud, a young laundry worker in London who is gradually drawn into the cause for women's rights. (Meryl Streep has only a fleeting appearance as Emmeline Pankhurst.) It was well filmed. Of course, the camera lens is seductive and even squalor can look rather lovely when seen on screen! Some scenes in the film I recall from my childhood, the rows of terrace houses where the washing hung across the street. The fight for women's rights is such a recent history. How I would love to be able to talk to my grandmothers and hear what their opinions were! My paternal grandmother was a factory worker like Maud, working in the woollen mills of the West Riding of Yorkshire and I recall her well as an intelligent and quite formidable character.