Suffragette follows the growing suffragette movement through the eyes of Maud Watts, a working mother living in Britain. The film explores women's struggle for the right to vote and the suffragettes often violent clashes with police. A review in the Guardian reports "The film is at its best in conveying the claustrophobia of repression, the mushrooming realisation some grievances are impossible to swallow." June Purvis, professor of women’s and gender studies at the University of Portsmouth, was an unpaid consultant on Suffragette and authored this response to fellow academics' criticisms of the film.
Carol, based on Patricia Highsmith’s 1952 novel The Price of Salt, explores a love affair between a virginal shopgirl and the beautiful older married woman. Therese Belivet (Rooney Mara) meets Carol (Cate Blanchett) in a 1950s Manhattan department store, initiating the relationship that forms the centre of this "beautifully made and outstandingly intelligent" film. The film opens in cinemas nationally on January 14.
The ANU Gender Institute has 15 double passes to give away for Suffragette and 10 double passes to give away for Carol, which will be offered to post-graduate or undergraduate students on a first come first served basis. Please contact the Gender Institute via email.