This fascinating British Film Institute compilation of original footage highlights the passion and media savvy of the suffragettes in struggle, offering a fascinating portrait of British women during this time. “You have to make more noise than anybody else” said Emmeline Pankhurst.
A special Bristol Radical History screening to mark the centenary of some women in Britain getting the vote, it will be introduced by Dawn Dyer, librarian at Bristol Central Library, who will provide a Bristol perspective.
As well as newsreel footage of Emily Davison’s fatal protest at the 1913 Derby and the arrest of Emmeline Pankhurst, the compilation includes knockabout female comedy and anti-suffrage satire. The film also reveals the way in which some of the suffrage campaigners supported the war effort in 1914 and includes footage of ‘A Day in the Life of a Young Ammunition Worker’ as she prepares shells for the killing fields of the Western Front.