Director Sarah Gavron and Screenwriter Abi Morgan sat down on Sunday to talk about their latest film, Suffragette and film-making. Suffragette tells the story of a young woman, Maud (Carey Mulligan) who joins the growing suffragette movement in the UK. The film is a drama exploring these women who risked their lives, their love, their children and their jobs as they fought for women’s right to vote in early 20th Century Britain.
Here are some highlights from the intimate conversation:
“We need more stories on screen to reflect the culture we live in.” – Sarah Gavron on women filmmakers and female stories in film.”
“As a female director you are often the only one in the room.” Sarah Gavron
“I feel like there’s nothing I can’t write.” Abi Morgan.
“In the edit is always the time the writer becomes the dejected lover. The editor is the new lover.” Abi Morgan
“This wasn’t going to be a biopic. It was about those 5 key moments in suffragette history” – Abi Morgan on making Suffragette
“90% of films we watch are made by male directors.” Sarah Gavron
“It’s crazy to shoot on film these days but we did it anyway” -Sarah Gavron on shooting in Super 8