“I feel very strongly we’re at a tipping point,” Gavron said at the L.A. premiere Tuesday at the Academy in Beverly Hills. “I can’t ever remember there being this much momentum behind and this many people being vocal about the issue of inequality in the film industry and in other areas. There has been a resurgence of women challenging repression, it really feels like a great moment.”
Star Carey Mulligan, who plays Maud Watts, a fighter during the early feminist movement, echoed her director’s sentiments.
“It feels like it’s a big part of the conversation,” Mulligan said. “With feminism and women’s rights and here especially with the pay gap, it feels like a good time for the film to come out and keep that conversation going.”
“Suffragette” follows the true story of the women’s organization in the late 19th and early 20th century who fought for equal rights among British women and men in increasingly intense ways. Gavron said the movie represented a dream project for her but the road to getting it made was a long one.
“I’d wanted to do it for 10 years and it took about six to get to here,” Gavron said. “It was really because there was so much source material and research and finding the right way in was a challenge.”
Because of the film’s premise, Gavron said the movie found even more hurdles as they continued to attempt it getting made.
“It was a difficult proposition,” the director said. “It’s so unusual that movies by women about women get made.”
Also on hand at the premiere were Meryl Streep and daughter Grace Gummer, producers Alison Owen and Faye Ward, Catherine Hardwicke, Diane Warren and Focus Features’ Peter Schlessel. After the screening, guests mingled at a reception in the foyer.
Focus opens “Suffragette” on Oct. 23.
(Pictured: Meryl Streep, Carey Mulligan, Sarah Gavron, Faye Ward and Alison Owen at the L.A. “Suffragette” premiere)