Suffragette script
Suffragette (2015)
Synopsis: Suffragette is a 2015 British historical period drama film about women's suffrage in the United Kingdom, directed by Sarah Gavron and written by Abi Morgan. The film stars Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter, Brendan Gleeson, Anne-Marie Duff, Ben Whishaw, and Meryl Streep.

CAPTION:
LONDON, 1912.

THICK WHITE FOG, AT FIRST NOTHING VISIBLE AND THEN THROUGH

THE STIFLING HEAT the FOG IS REVEALED AS BILLOWING CLOUDS of

STEAM hanging like a blanket over a vast laundry floor with

row upon row of WOMEN washing, pressing and folding endless

linen, in continual repeat from vat to hot press to basket.

POLITICIAN V/O

Women do not have the calmness of

temperament or the balance of mind

to exercise judgement in political

affairs.

Through the rising clouds of steam, WOMEN ironing, MRS VIOLET

MILLER [early 40s] amongst them.

POLITICIAN 2 V/O

If we allow women to vote, it will

mean the loss of social structure.

Women are well represented by their

fathers, brothers, husbands.

HOUSE CROWD V/O

(cheering)

Here here.

CAPTION:

POLITICIAN 3 V/O

Once the vote was given, it would

be impossible to stop at this.

Women would then demand the right

of becoming MPs, cabinet ministers,

judges.

FOR DECADES WOMEN HAD PEACEFULLY CAMPAIGNED FOR EQUALITY AND

THE RIGHT TO VOTE.

THEIR ARGUMENTS WERE IGNORED.

IN RESPONSE, EMMELINE PANKHURST, LEADER OF THE SUFFRAGETTE

MOVEMENT, CALLED FOR A NATIONAL CAMPAIGN OF CIVIL

DISOBEDIENCE.

THIS IS THE STORY OF ONE GROUP OF WORKING WOMEN WHO JOINED

THE FIGHT.

INT. WASHING ROOM. LAUNDRY. BETHNAL GREEN. LONDON. 1912. DAY.

THE LOUD BELLOW of a FACTORY BELL. Women begin to file out.

MAUD WATTS [20’S] scrubs a deep washing vat, as the last

LAUNDRY WORKERS drain from the floor.

TAYLOR (O/S)

Maud - take this up to the West

End.

MR TAYLOR [40’s] with irritation, throws a parcel at her, a

central London address clear on the front. It slams hard into

her chest, winding her a little.

TAYLOR (CONT’D)

It’s meant to be there by six.

MAUD nods, sweat and steam blotting her clothes.

MAUD:

Delivery should have picked it up.

EXT. YARD/STREET. LAUNDRY. BETHNAL GREEN. 1912. DAY.

MAUD stepping out through the iron gates of the laundry,

clearly the last to leave. She hurries off towards a waiting

BUS gripping the parcel tighter.

EXT. STREET. CENTRAL LONDON. 1912. DAY.

The SWIRL and BUSTLE of the street on the edge of closing

time-

MAUD gets off the bus, still gripping the parcel. She weaves

her way past the human ebb and flow.

Fleeting glimpses of SHOP WINDOWS, HOTEL DOORWAYS, a DOORMAN

lets out an ELEGANT LADY, her MAID close by. Several boxes

and shopping bags alluding to an expensive shopping trip.

A STIFF BACKED NANNY, MISS WITHERS, wheels a Silver Cross

pram, a few yards behind MAUD.

MAUD crosses the street.

The SQUEAK of the pram wheel underscores.

EXT. SHOP. STREET. CENTRAL LONDON. 1912. DAY.

A WINDOW display catches MAUD’S eye, showing the peak of

fashion in 1912. A perfect family scene, mother, father and

son by the beach, all dressed in bathing suits.

ON MAUD quietly marvelling- as her eyes scan over the

display, drinking it in.

A clock overhead creeps towards 6pm.

A POST MISTRESS, MISS SAMSON stands seemingly reading a

magazine at a newspaper stall.

MISS WITHERS only inches behind MAUD now. She pulls back the

baby’s blanket to reveal... no baby, but stones. She whips a

stone out and hurls it-

MISS WITHERS:

VOTES FOR WOMEN!

CRASH!

The SHATTER of a shop window right next to MAUD. MAUD turns,

shocked and bewildered by the sudden anarchy as she ducks for

cover, clasping the parcel to her breast-

HANDS whip out stones from deep inside fur muffs. FINGERS

unfasten handbag clasps pulling out hammers, mallets, rolling

pins.

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Abi Morgan

Abi Morgan (born 1968) is a British playwright and screenwriter known for her works for television, such as Sex Traffic and The Hour, and the films Brick Lane, The Iron Lady, Shame and Suffragette. more…

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