Suffragette (2015) - full transcript

A drama that tracks the story of the foot soldiers of the early feminist movement, women who were forced underground to pursue a dangerous game of cat and mouse with an increasingly brutal State. These women were not primarily from the genteel educated classes, they were working women who had seen peaceful protest achieve nothing. Radicalized and turning to violence as the only route to change, they were willing to lose everything in their fight for equality - their jobs, their homes, their children and their lives. Maud was one such foot soldier. The story of her fight for dignity is as gripping and visceral as any thriller, it is also heart-breaking and inspirational.

Women do not have
the calmness of temperament

or the balance of mind

to exercise judgment
in political affairs.

If we allow women to vote,

it will mean the loss
of social structure.

Women are well represented
by their fathers,
brothers, husbands.

Man #3:
Once the vote was given,

it would be impossible
to stop at this.

Women would then demand
the rights of becoming mps,

cabinet ministers, judges.

Maud, take this
up the west end.

It's meant to be there
by 6:00.

Deliveries should have
picked it up.

Votes for women!

Votes for women!

Votes for women!

Victory will be ours!

Votes for women!


- Votes for women!

Is George sleeping?

Yeah. Mrs. garston
fed him bread and jam.

You all right?
It's late.

Taylor sent me up to town.

- Have a look.
- It's nothing.

I got caught
in a scuffle.

There were loads
of those women shouting.

Broke all the windows
on the west end.

I'll deliver that package
for you in the morning.

You coming to bed?
I'm just gonna
get this done.

Arms up.

Arms up.
You keep doing that,

you're never
gonna get it on.

Here's the slippers.

All right, dear.

Oh, come here.
Be good.

Come on, you lot.

- Oi, Mrs. Miller!
- Mrs. Miller!

Don't you ignore me.
Sorry, Mr. Taylor.

Late again?
Oh, I'm fairly late. I'm--

shut your mouth.
You listen to me.

That's the second time
you've been late and you've
only been here three weeks.

I haven't been late--
don't answer me back.
This is what I'm telling you.

- I'm sorry.
- You want me to dismiss you?
Is that it?

No. No, Mr. Taylor.
No, sir, I don't.

I won't be late tomorrow.
Well, you pull
your finger out.

Drive belt's
loose again.

It was checked
on Friday, maud.

You can smell burning.
I'd check 'em all.

Get your toolbox!

Check the drive belt
on number six!


We meet mondays
and Thursdays,
if you're interested.

The ellyns pharmacy.

Hey, maud.

That package get
to barclays yesterday?

George had his chest again.

Sonny took it up for me
this morning.

You ready?

This is my oldest.


Hello, Maggie.

It is men
who have all legal rights
over our children.

It is men who control
our economic existence.

Who's that?

Mp's wife.
Mrs. haughton.

She's here at Christmas
giving out tangerines
to the children.

And the prime minister,
Mr. asquith,

has agreed to a hearing
of testimonies
of working women

up and down
the country.

We have an opportunity
to demonstrate

that as women are equal
to men in their labors,

so they should be equal to men
in their right to vote.

You've never
labored in your life.

This is your moment
to come forward
and speak up,

and I will choose
one person from this laundry

to deliver their testimony
at the house of commons.

These will be heard by
the chancellor of the exchequer,
Mr. Lloyd George.

No one cares, love.

Some of us do,
Mrs. Coleman, so shut
your bleeding cake-hole.

Hear, hear.

Thank you for your support.
Votes for women.

Ladies, votes for women.
The power is in your hands.

Thank you, ladies.
Oh, go home.

Votes for women.
Thank you.

Mommy! Mommy!

Hello, kids.
Give me half a moment.

Are you gonna give
your testimony then?

Mr. Taylor's
a good employer.

To you he is.
Take that back.

I can't take back
what I see.

You've been here
less than a month.

I've been doing laundry work
ever since I was 13.

Maggie's only 12,
and she's in here already.

It's as tough for us women
as it's ever been.

We've got to do
whatever we can,
however we can.

like smashing windows?
It's not respectable.

what's respectable.

You want me
to respect the law,

then make the law

So, Georgie--
Georgie, this is six.


You ready?
You watching?

You got yours.

You see
Mrs. haughton today?

Wants some of the women
to go to parliament.

She thinks
we should be paid more.

On her high horse again.

Say good night
to the king, George.

Good night, sir.

Good boy.

Come on.

Now, young sir,
can you give me
a big breath in, please?

Ah. Good boy.

And out.

And now another
big one, please.

And big breath out.

- Good boy.
- And a big breath in.

Oh, yes.
Here comes the 11:00 just
passing through the tunnel.

Good. It's on time.

he's all right.

Good boy.

You're a suffragette,
Mrs. ellyn?

Yes, but I consider myself
more of a soldier, Mrs. watts.

These women's testimonies
make a difference?

Maybe. But as
Mrs. pankhurst says,

"it's deeds, not words
that will get us the vote."

Make up
a combination.

Now, George,
do you like barley sugar?

Are the others here yet?

Uh, no. Not yet.
But you can go through.

Plenty of steam.
Couple of drops
in the water, twice daily.

Keep him warm.

No, no. No charge.

Thank you.

- Thank you, Mr. ellyn.
- Mrs. watts.

Come on.

Let's get you wrapped up.

Superintendent burrill.

Mr. haughton,
thank you for coming here.
This is inspector--

inspector sneed.
Benedict haughton,
home office.

I'm reliably informed

that you have considerable
experience of surveillance
within the special branch.

I've gathered intelligence
on various anarchists,

including fenian agitators
in liverpool and Manchester.

I can show you.

of these cameras

would be the first
of its kind
in the country.

They are considerably
more advanced than anything
we've used before.

Thank you.

Compact enough
to be used without a tripod.

It means
we can operate them
covertly on the streets.


Let's start
with Mrs. Edith ellyn.

Chief commandant.
She's clever.

Been arrested
nine times,
incarcerated four.

She's educated
without scruples,

which makes her
particularly dangerous.

It's worth noting
her husband, Mr. Hugh ellyn.


He's been incarcerated twice
for abetting
his wife's activities.

Fully paid-up member
of the men's league.

Here's an old hand--
Mrs. Violet Miller.

She moves around a lot.
Been arrested a number of times.
Incarcerated twice.

Spits out children.
Husband's a violent drunk.

She agitates.
Gets her hands dirty.

She'll be using her zeal
to recruit.

To justify
the unjustifiable.

Now, who's this here?

Um, watts.
Maud watts.

Not seen her before.

- That's a good girl.
Come on. Come on.
- No! Get off.

It'll be all right.
It'll be all right.

You know who I like.

Get back to work.
Go on. Get out of here.

What did you want, maud?

Fourteen short
on soap paddles.

Why don't you
tell acquisitions
if we're short?


I don't want a slipup
like that to happen again,
do you hear?

She reminds me
of you at that age.

Oi, Mrs. Miller,

I heard a whisper
you've been chosen
to deliver your testimony

to Mr. Lloyd George.

Leave the vote to us men,
eh, Mrs. Miller?
And we'll leave you to the home.

I've already
made up the hours.

I worked late Tuesday
and Thursday.

And Maggie will mop up
any extra.

Why don't you tell
Mr. Miller

I'll give you a clip
round here and knock some sense
into you if he won't.

It'll do her some good, eh?


I'll come
with you tomorrow,
hear you speak.

What are you doing?

I'm just gonna listen.

Women we want the vote!
We want the vote!


Where were you?
We waited--

It's nothing.
I'm all right.

Mrs. haughton's inside.

Well, come on then.

Oh, Mrs. Miller--

oh, my dear.

Glass house laundry next.

Sheffield weavers union,
please be ready.
You'll be straight after.

You cannot deliver
your testimony like this.

Deputations will
be heard one by one.

- I'm fine.
- No, Mrs. Miller, you're not.

Lloyd George
will dismiss you
and what will you say?

Glass house laundry.


You speak
for me.

I can't.

It is written down.
No, I'm not--
I'm not good at--

all you'd have to do
is read it.
Please ask someone else.

Someone can do it
better than I can.
You can tell them.

- We have no time.
- Glass house laundry, please.

you can do this.

You can do it.
You tell them.

Good luck, maud.

Shall you begin,
Mrs. Miller?


It's Mrs. watts, sir.

Mrs. Miller
isn't able to--

I have her testimony.

You work
at the glass house laundry
in bethnal green too?

I was born there.

Then I should like
to hear your testimony.

I don't know what to say.

Your mother worked
at the laundry?

From when she was 14.

She'd strapped me on her back
or under the copper vats
if I'd sleep.

All the women did it
who had babies then.

Your employer
allowed that?

He'd have you back
as soon as you could.

Mr. Taylor.

And does your mother
still work at the laundry?

She died when I was four.

I see.

A vat tipped.
Scalded her.

What of your father?

Don't know him.

And you've worked
for Mr. Taylor--

from when I was seven.

from when I was 12.

Don't need much schooling
to laundry shirts.

I was good at collars,
steaming the fine lacing.

Got the hands for it.

I was made head washer at 17,
forewoman at 20.

I'm 24 now, so--

you're young
for such a position.

Laundry work's a short life
if you're a woman.

And why is that?

You get your aches
and your chest cough,
crushed fingers,

leg ulcers, burns,

headaches from the gas.

We had one girl
last year poisoned.

Can't work again.
Ruined her lungs.

And your pay?

We get 13 shillings
a week, sir.

For a man it's 19.

And we work
a third more the hours.

They're outside most days
on deliveries, so at least
they're in the fresh air.

What would the vote
mean to you,
Mrs. watts?

I never thought
we'd get the vote,

so I've never thought
about what it would mean.

So why are you here?

The thought that we might.

That this life--

there is another way
of living this life.

Sorry. My words--
I'm not--

no, no.

The finest eloquence
is that which gets
things done.

Thank you,
Mrs. watts.

I believe we have
all that down.

We shall have a response
for you very soon.

An amendment to the bill
might just force the change
towards the vote.

Thank you, sir.

Can we please have
sheffield weavers union?

You've been drinking.
Just a Brandy.

Mrs. haughton
treated us.
Mrs. haughton can afford it.

I spoke, Sonny.

I thought you were
just gonna listen.

Violet couldn't,
so they asked me.

I was just gonna say
what she would have said,

but then he asked me
if I worked at laundry
as well.

And I just
started talking.

To Mr. Lloyd George.

If we got the vote--
what would you do
with it, maud?

Do the same you do
with yours, Sonny--

exercise my rights.

Exercise your rights?

a suffragette now?

One of those panks?

Mrs. Miller is.

You know
how they like to talk.

You spend your time with her,
that's what they'll call you.

I'm only looking out
for you, maud.

I know.

That's all
I've ever done.

Oi, maud.

Mrs. ellyn's
invited you to tea.

Has she?

She says you've gone
and woken up the dinosaurs
of westminster.

- Where are Mr. ellyn's
- Hmm? Oh, he hasn't any.

His father passed
the business to him,

but he never really
took to chemistry.

I actually wanted
to become a doctor.

My father
didn't approve.

I'm still good
at diagnosis.

So you're married?

Twenty-three years now.

Oh, I had hoped
that one day

it might have read
"ellyn and daughters."

One must look
to the next generation.

I hear you spoke well.

I was thinking
we could take him
to the seaside this summer.

Don't go drinking champagne
on beer money, maud.

Arms up.

Go to the pictures,

Give me. Give me.
Come here.

Oi, Mrs. Miller.
Bet you wish
you were a man.

Yeah, bet you wish
you weren't old.
Saucy cow.

Come here.

Wish us luck.
Luck would be
you'd stop this now,

go to work.

Go on.

You ready?

Here, maud.

You look the part.

- Can you see anything?
They haven't
opened the doors yet.

It's him.

The prime minister
duly reviewed all
the women's testimonies.

After careful debate
with a number of mps

very sympathetic
to the women's cause,

it was carried

that there was not
the evidence

to support any change
to the suffrage bill.


- No votes
for women then, sir?
- No. No votes.

But Mr. Lloyd George listened.
He took it all down.

A sham. A sham.
It's a sham!

How dare you!


- Liar!
- Liar!

- Liar!
- Shame on you, sir!

Shame on you!



Go on now.
You've had your fun.

Get back!

Move back now!
Come on!

Go home!

You won't push me back!


Hey, leave her alone!

Don't hurt me!


Leave her! Leave--

get in here!
Get in there!

No! No!

Good afternoon, officer.
Benedict haughton.

How much is bail, please?

Two pound, sir.

No, Benedict,
you must bail
all of the women.

I cannot be
the only one
to go free.

Benedict, please.
I will not.

- How much is the sum?
- Two pound each.

?12 to release
all the women.
Please, sign it.

It's my money.
It's my money.

You're my wife.
You'll act like a wife.

I have
humored you, Alice,
thus far,

but this
is an outrage.

Thank you.

Come on.

I have to fetch
my son by 6:00.

I'm late.
He'll need his tea.

You won't be home for tea.

Would you like me to contact
your husband, Mrs. watts?

I picked up
a suffragette last week.
I'm not a suffragette.

Rough little diamond.

In her bloomers,
three bricks.

Works for
Mrs. pankhurst directly.

I asked her
why she does it.

She said it makes
her life worth something.

She's just
the hod carrier.

I'm not a suffragette.

I'm glad.

You know,

they say that the way certain
types of women have been
acting these past few months

lends a good deal of color
to the argument

that the mental equilibrium
of the female sex is less
than that of the male's.

But I don't agree.

There's no madness in it.

They know exactly
what they're doing.

But my opinion
doesn't matter.

My job is to enforce
the law, Mrs. watts.

So I'm going to give you
some advice now,

and I sincerely
hope you take it.

You serve your time now.

At worst
you'll get a week.

Then you go home
to your husband.

They lied to us.

They didn't lie.

They promised nothing.
They gave nothing.


One set of stockings.
Hole. Right foot.

Don't be alarmed, maud.
Stay calm.

We're political prisoners.
We have the right
to wear our own clothes.

Arms up.

We have the right--


Sorry, Georgie.

Oi. Your wife is
a fucking disgrace, Sonny.

You should
be keeping her
under control.

Police are bringing
these bitches to their knees.

At least maud
will be used to that.

Come on, maud.

She's missing her boy.

We've all been separated
from those we love, maud.

My mother.

When I was a child,
i barely saw her.

She worked
day and night,

fighting for me
to be educated
as my brother was.

But that didn't come
without a sacrifice.

There's Emily.

She's done
more time here
than any of us.

She's on hunger strike.

Orders from Mrs. pankhurst
are we're to follow.

If they will not accept us
as political prisoners,
we will strike until they do.

Not maud.

It's her
first time here.

- Emily.
- Violet.

We got
a new member.

This is maud.
Welcome, maud.

Faster. Move.

Oh, Hugh.

Welcome, Mrs. watts.
Please, come with us.

I've got to go.
I've got to see my son.

Everyone gets one
their first time, maud.

For your
first incarceration.


Mrs. Miller, the escalation
of violence from the police
will be met with force.

You will receive word.

Are they in?
Mrs. garston!


How's George?
Shh. He's asleep.

I'm sorry, Sonny.

Sonny, I tried to get back
as quickly as I could,
but they kept me there--

I can't look at you.

You don't know
what they did to us.

Us? What's it done
to me and George?

I had the police around.

I said I didn't
know anything.

Got the whole street

I covered
for you to Taylor,
but he knew.

It won't happen again.

- Mama.
- Hi, darling. Mmm.

Get back to bed!

Go on, darling.
I'll be there in a minute.

Go on, darling.

- You eaten?
- Mrs. garston
did her best.

I'll make you some tea.

I waited and waited for you
until it was almost dawn.

I was praying
for you to come home.

I'm back now.

You won't ever shame me
like that again.

- Go on. On your way.
- I've had enough of you.

You've been
nothing but trouble
since you got here.

I'll see you
at home, pal.

I love you.

It's all right.

Votes for women!

Hello, maud.

Nice to see you're
feeling better.

Sonny tells me
you've not been well.

It's all right,
you know?

I found someone else
willing to, uh,
make up the hours.


You wait for me here.
I won't be long.



a big gathering on Friday.
They're saying she's to speak.

I got to go.

I can't.

You can't not.

If we'd had a girl,
what would we have
called her?


After my mother.

What kind of life
would she have had?

Same as yours.

I'm working late tonight.

Intelligence confirms
a growing intention
to retaliate.

They're putting
their strategy
in place.

Our contact in lewisham
tells us Mrs. pankhurst
is to give an address.

Any day now.
We don't know where yet,

but I'm sure
our east London ladies
will lead us there.

- Emily.
- Maud. It's good
to see you again.

You've heard
her speak before?

Many times.
She's without fear.

- Emily, Edith's
waiting for us.
- You made it then?

You're here.

We must hurry.
It'll be the first time
she's appeared for months.

They'll be on alert
to arrest her.

Mrs. pankhurst.

- Good luck,
Mrs. pankhurst.
- Thank you.

Well done!

My friends,

in spite
of his majesty's

I am here tonight.

I know the sacrifice
you have made to be here.

Many of you, I know,
are estranged from the lives
you once had.

Yet, I feel
your spirit tonight.

For 50 years,

we have labored peacefully
to secure the vote for women.

We've been ridiculed,
battered and ignored.

Now we have realized
that deeds and sacrifice

must be the order
of the day.


We are fighting
for a time

in which every little girl
born into the world

will have an equal chance
with her brothers.

Never underestimate
the power we women have

to define
our own destinies.

We do not want
to be lawbreakers.

We want to be lawmakers.

Be militant,
each of you
in your own way.

Those of you
who can break windows,
break them.

Those of you
who can further attack
the sacred idol of property,

do so.

We have been left
with no alternative

but to defy
this government.

If we must go to prison
to obtain the vote,

let it be
the windows of government,

not the bodies of women
which shall be broken.

Around the back, maud.
Around the back.

I incite this meeting

and all the women
in britain
to rebellion.

I would rather be
a rebel than a slave.

Don't let Mrs. pankhurst
be arrested!

No surrender!

Mrs. p.

Dear Emily.

This is Mrs. watts,
Mrs. pankhurst.

- Maud.
- Thank you, maud.

Never surrender.
Never give up the fight.

Let go of me!

Don't bother
arresting them.

Let their husbands
deal with them.

Drop them
at their front doors.

Sonny, I'm sorry.

I took you on, maud.

I thought I could
straighten you out.

What if you
don't need to?

You're a mother, maud.

You're a wife. My wife.
That's what you're
meant to be.

I'm not
just that anymore.

Sonny! Sonny!
What are you doing?

Sonny! Son--
Sonny, let-- what--

Sonny! Sonny!

- Get out!
- Sonny!

Let me see George!

Let me see George.


Let me in!
I wanna see George!


You're a disgrace!


This is it.

Two and six
a week.

- Make it two and four.
- The union will pay.

Go on then.

I'll get you
some blankets

and clothes
from the wspu jumble.

They collect stuff
for women who--

I'm sorry.

No, no,
no, no, no.

Don't cry.

It aggravates them more
if they see it
hasn't touched you.

So you practice now
with me.

Do it, maud.

And god shall wipe away
all their tears.

And there shall be
no more death,

neither sorrow,
nor crying.

Neither shall there
be any more pain.

For the former things
are passed away.

Two and four a week
and a bed of bleeding nails.

Sweet dreams, Maudie.

So Mrs. pankhurst
is briefly out of hiding.

Gentlemen, this is
a deliberate escalation

of which the government
cannot accept.

Who knows what
they will do next.

They've been
given orders
to be ready.

The east London branch,
in particular, is to mobilize.

Should we even be taking
these threats seriously?

I would
not underestimate
the threat.

Neither would
the prime minister.

If it's to be tackled,
we need to get closer in.

I hope to track down those
still open to persuasion

and have them infiltrate
and inform on the others.

We've identified
weaknesses in their ranks.

We're hoping
one of them will break.

So I'm going to release
these to the press.

Here. Maud.
You seen yourself?

The shame of it.

"Mrs. pankhurst's

It's not a bad photograph,
though. I might cut it out.
Put it on me wall.

I want you out, maud.

After everything
I've done for you.

And how I've paid for it.

- Mr. Taylor.

What are you lookin' at?

Call the police!

Come back, maud!

You'll walk free
out of here, today.

In return, you'll help me.

There is information
you'll pass to me.

Anything you know,
anything you hear,

even if it's only a snippet
or a piece of conversation
that's of interest.

Look at me.

He deserved it.

If I told you--
and do you think anyone listens
to a girl like you?

That anyone cares?
They don't.

You're nothing in the world.

I grew up with girls
like you, maud.

People who sacrificed life
for revenge and a cause.

I know you.

And so do they.

They know how to draw
on girls like you.

Girls with no money,
no prospects, who want things
to be better.

They pimp and they preen
and they fluff you

and they tell you you are
the foot soldiers
of the cause.

But you're only fodder...

For a battle
none of you can win.

I'm offering you
a lifeline.

Take it.

Before it is too late.

Come on, George.

George, you're
scuffing your shoes
doin' that!

What's the matter with you?
What would your mother say?


What am i
going to do with ya?

Come on.


I thought you
wouldn't come today.

March on.

- So--
- next time, get his
left hand and all.

It was an accident.

Now, ladies,
i ask you to remain vigilant
while coming and going.

Uh, we know
we're being watched.

But hopefully,
they will not expect
to find us here.

I recognized the militant path
may not be for all of you,

but, well, all I ask is for you
to make your decision now.

Anyone who doesn't want
to stay may leave.

I need only those who can
give their full commitment.

There will be no judgment.

Good. We can begin.

Violet, the map, please.


I have marked up a map.

The pillar boxes are red.

The telegraph wires
are green.

We shall cut into the heart
of communications.

But remember, it is vital
that no life is harmed
during your activities.

We shall start early,
before dawn.

That way the streets
should be deserted.

Everyone take a list
of the locations.

Memorize them,
then burn them.

We don't want them falling
into the wrong hands, do we?

You're it.

George. George.


Shh, shh.

Mmm, darling.

How slow. Georgie, you can
run faster than that.

Wait, wait, wait.
Run, run, run.

That's it.

Come here.

Unbelievable, you.

Who dressed you this morning?


You still got
your nightshirt on.

When you coming home?

I don't know.

Have you done something
very bad, mama?

Don't think so.
I just can't come home
at the moment.

Is it because
of your sickness?

Dad says you're
not well in the head.

That's not true, George.

Go on.

Here you are.

That's for today.

That's for tomorrow.

And that's to save
till I see you next.
Off you go.

Come inside.

- Don't take him again, maud.
- Let me see him. Please.

Trust you with him?

After what you did
to Taylor?

What did Taylor do to me, Sonny?
For years.

George belongs to me.

The law says he's mine, maud.

Where he belongs is up to me.

That's the law.

Dear Mr. steed.

I thought about your offer,

and I have to say no.

You see, I am a suffragette
after all.

You tell me no one listens
to girls like me.

Well, I can't have that anymore.

All my life
I've been respectful,

done what men told me.

I know better now.

I'm worth no more,
no less than you.

Mrs. pankhurst said,

"if it's right for men
to fight for their freedom,

then it's right for women
to fight for theirs."

George, back to bed.

If the laws says
I can't see my son,

I will fight to change that law.

We're both foot soldiers
in our own way.

- Come on, maud.
- Everyone, find a partner.

Both fighting for our cause.

I'm all right.

You have to participate

if you want to change
the way the world is run.

- Hyah!
- Ohh!

Jolly good.

All right, Maudie.

I won't betray mine.

Would you betray yours?

If you thought I would,
you were wrong about me.

Yours sincerely,

maud watts.

Another explosion
at cadogan square.

It's happening
all over London, sir.
And telegraph wires cut.

Miss withers was seen
in the vicinity.

You get a warrant.



That's a lot of
worming tablets, Mr. ellyn.

One of life's great parasites,
inspector steed.
Is your wife in?

Just concluding a treatment.

I can go through.

Uh, mastitis.

See you on Friday.

You're a wet nurse now,
eh, miss withers?

Shall we get this
over with?

You've searched before
and found nothing,
but I'm happy to comply again.

You're a very clever woman,
Mrs. ellyn. I'll give you that,
the way you seduce these women.

Draw them in,
train them in destruction.

You're under arrest,
miss withers.

I'd advise you
not to struggle.

Take her out.
Get off!

Come on.

- Get off!
- Get off me!

I'd advise you
not to struggle.
Take her out.

- Am I also to be arrested?
- No!

Not today, Mrs. ellyn.

No! No!

Let go of me!
Oh! Oh!

Miss withers will get
six months at least.

I could do a few weeks,
Edith, but--

what are you saying?

This isn't the time
to stand down.

No, we push on.
Capitalize on
press interest.

The press do nothing
but scorn and mock us.

They scorn and mock us
because they feel
our threat.

Mrs. haughton.

Have you got the information
i asked for?

Lloyd George's summerhouse
is not yet completed.

He was complaining about it
at dinner just the other night.

It's being built next
to the golf course
at walton-on-the-hill,

paid for by the owner
of the news of the world.

Valuable information.
Thank you.

Edith, come here.

Mrs. watts,
how is your son?

It's his birthday tomorrow.

I'm so sorry for you.

I trusted my husband
and this government.

I was wrong.

- I have to go.
- I don't have the strength.

Please, just listen
to me, Edith.

A minister's home?
That's going too far.

Why too far?

It's unoccupied.
It is empty.
No one will be harmed.

Your commitment, Edith.
I always knew you'd take it as
far as it must go, but this--

- Mrs. pankhurst, she asked us--
- Mrs. pankhurst asked too much.

Violet. Vi!

Listen, you can't do this.

You can't bring me into this
and then just leave me.

I'm sorry, maud,
but I can't. I'm--

not now.

Oh, vi.
I can't take care
of the ones I got.


When are you due?


Oh, maud, I'm so sorry.

I just want to wish him
happy birthday.

At least let me do that.

Not now.



You can't--
you're too late.

This is
Mr. and Mrs. drayton.

They're taking George.

What are you talking about?

Adopting him.

- Sonny--
- we have a very nice home,
with a garden...

And all that he'll need.

- No. George--
- I can't look after him,

Sonny, please.
I can't be a mother to him.

We have no family, maud.
No one to take him.
I can't do it all.

Mrs. garston won't take him.
No one around here will.
Sonny, just let me--

we've been cast out, maud.
We've been cast out.

Georgie, come here.
Come here. Come here.

Say your good-byes
and then let him go.

Open your present.


Your mother's name
is maud watts.

Don't forget that name...

'Cause I will be waiting
for you to find me.

Will you find me,

Don't forget it.

Come on.
No. No. No!

Come on, George.
No. No.

- Let him-- take him.
- Mama.

No. Darling. No.

Sonny-- ohh!

- Mama.
- Sonny! No!

What have you done?
Maud, it's for the best.

What have you done?

What have you done?

- It's for the best.
- What have you done?

No! No!

What have you done, Sonny?

What have you done?

what have you done?

Can I help you with that?
No, I can do it.

So Violet will not be
joining us anymore?

No. She questioned
our strategy.

Our friends are there
to challenge us.

To keep the balances
and checks, Edith.

- No, no.
They're can be no doubting.
- The movement is divided now.

Even Sylvia pankhurst is opposed
to her mother and her sister's
militant strategy.

The only way is forward.

And what if you blow yourself up
with one of those damn things?

What happens to
your damn cause then?

Are you all right?


Hugh, go.

Mrs. watts.

Come with us, please.
You're under arrest.

When women attack the home
of-- of a government minister,

we have reached
a state of anarchy
we can no longer ignore.

This has to stop.

The press can only
be tamed so long.

They grow
more and more interested
in these damn women

while we in government must
try to quash every new story.

Pankhurst claims responsibility
for the bombing and faces prison

while the real culprits go free.

She going to milk
every ounce of attention
she can in prison.

We've made some key arrests.

Punish those responsible
in whatever way you can.

You women cleaned
yourselves up well.

Couldn't find a scrap
of dynamite on any of you.

Then why am I here?
Oh, you'll be charged.

For illegal meetings
if for nothing else.

You know there was
a housekeeper on her way back
when the bomb went off?

She forgot her gloves.

If she was two minutes later,

what would that have done
for your cause?

Violence doesn't discern!

It takes the innocent
and the guilty!

What gives you the right to put
that woman's life at risk?

What gave you the right to
stand in the middle of a riot

and watch women beaten
and do nothing?

You're a hypocrite.
I uphold the law.

The law means nothing.
I've had no say
in making the law.

That's an excuse.
It's all we have.

We break windows,
we burn things,

'cause war is the only
language men listen to.

'Cause you've beaten us
and betrayed us, and there's
nothing else left.

And there's nothing left
but to stop you.

What are you gonna do?
Lock us all up?

We're in every home.
We're half the human race.
You can't stop us all.

You might lose your life
before this is over.

And we will win.

Sylvia, can you hear me?

- Five days.
- Will you eat now?



Hold her still.

No! No!


Treatment of them grows
increasingly barbaric, sir.

What is the alternative?

They will not hold us to
ransom with their threats.

The fear is
they won't break, sir.

If one of them dies,
we'll have blood on our hands
and they'll have their martyr.

That must not happen.

Or Mrs. pankhurst
will have won.

Hello, Edith.

Maud, can I drive you?
Best not.

I've left you
bedding at the church.
The union will send you word.



I heard you
were sleeping here.

It's only bread
and a bit of broth.
That's all.

A little at a time.

Your tummy will be sore
what you've been through.

Whatever you're planning next,
you be careful.

You get caught again,
you'll see two years
inside at least.

Maybe longer.

Maybe worse.


Little monkey.

George used to kick me
until night.

How's Maggie?

Working every hour god sends
down at the laundry.

She's the only one who can
bring in a proper wage now.

Now, come on.
You eat something.

When did they raid?
First thing this morning.
Six arrests.

Edith, what are you
doing here?
You're not well.

There will be a vigil
for Mrs. pankhurst tonight
at westminster Abbey.

She's not going to last
this time in prison, maud.

- The king must pardon her.
- He's not going to
pardon her, Emily.

- Then we got to make him.
- How, when the government
silences the press?

Look, one column
on the bombing.

How do we make
ourselves heard?

One just has to gather
one's strength.

If it is the world's attention
that we must capture--

we take it
straight to the king.
Do something he can't ignore.

Edith, you're too weak to
face another prison sentence.

Oh, nonsense, Hugh.

Maud, please.
She's right.

Every violent assault
weakens her. Her heart
cannot take it.


He's at the derby
on Wednesday.

The king is to attend.

There will be
thousands there.

You'll be stopped before
you get through the gates.

In those crowds,
we'll go unnoticed.

We will raise our flag in front
of the world's cameras.

The king's horse--

will be third
in the parade ring.

- Done.
- The eyes of
the world upon us.

Maud, no matter the risk,
we must not fail.

I want you to have this.

Edith gave it to me.

It has been an inspiration
to a great many of us.

Thank you.


Tomorrow then?


Here's the latest
from surveillance, sir.
Miss maud watts.

She's sleeping
in St. Paul's church.


we ready?

I just need two milligrams
of the cold salt tincture,
if you please.

Could you not have finished
the orders last night?

What did you say?

Cold salt-- Hugh?

Hugh? Hugh!

- Let me out.
- I can't.

What do you mean?
What do you mean?
I'm sorry.

You've given enough.

Now we're going to be late.
Let me out.

Please, let me out!

Your heart
won't take it, Edith.

I can't let you out.
I'm sorry.

Keep to the left, please.

Ladies and gentlemen,
to the left, please.

Please have
your tickets ready.

Please have
your tickets ready,
ladies and gentlemen.

Where's Edith?

She wasn't
at the station.

- Tickets, please!
- Miss?

Would you like to
take the next turnstile?
The queue's much shorter.



- your majesty!
- Your majesty!

There he is.

Your majesty!

There's the king.

- Your majesty!
- Please, over here!


- Your majesty!
- Please, over here!


Over here!

Your majesty!

Sorry, miss.
It's green badges
to enter the paddock.

Can I help you?

Thank you very much, sir.


We will find
another way.

Sorry. Excuse me.

Excuse me.
Thank you.

Let the gentleman through,
Excuse me.

Follow me.

Sorry, sir. Sorry.



Excuse me.

Pardon. Excuse me.

Excuse me.
Sorry. Sorry. Sorry.

Excuse me. Emily.


Never surrender.
Never give up the fight.




Maggie. Come on, darling.
Come on, Maggie. Let's go.

What are you doing, Mrs. watts?
Let's go.

- Where are you taking me?
- Oi!


Sorry. Sorry.

Get back to work!

Ellen, I'll get the door myself!


This is Maggie,
Violet's daughter.

She can launder and sew.

She does the best
collar starching,
and she can clean.

Come in, Maggie.

Be good.
Don't talk back.


Come in, Maggie.
I'm Mrs. haughton.

"The woman wanderer goes forth
to seek the land of freedom.

'How am I to get there?'

reason answers,

'there is one way,
and one way only.

Down the banks of labor,

through the waters of suffering.

There is no other.'

the woman,

having discarded all to which
she'd formerly clung, cries out,

'for what do I go
to this far land which
no one has ever reached?

I am alone.
I'm utterly alone.'"

it's in every paper.

They say thousands
will line the streets.

We go on, Edith.

You taught me that.

You want to take that?

Thank you.

It's almost 1:00, Maggie.
Get your gloves and help
Mrs. Ellen.

"And reason said to her,

'silence. What do you hear?'

and she said,
'i hear the sound of feet.

A thousand times, ten thousands
and thousands of thousands,
and they beat this way.'

'they are the feet of those
that shall follow you.

Lead on.'"