100 Word Review – Suffragette (2015)

A fantastic feat of female filmmaking. 

Following the actions of a small group of women fighting for the right to vote in 1912.

Focusing on Maud Watts (Carey Mulligan), it is based in history and does a wonderful job at documenting a time, a struggle and a political movement that changed the world.

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Co-starring Helena Bonham-Carter, Brendan Gleeson, Romola Garai, Ben Whishaw and Meryl Streep (among others), it was written by Sarah Gavron (Brick Lane) and directed by Abi Morgan (Shame, The Iron Lady).

Deliberately visually unsteady and dirty, it delivers a glimpse of the past that moved me to tears.

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100 Word Review – The Great Gatsby (2013)

All the glitz and glam of 1920s New York with a twist of the modern day? It must be Baz Luhrmann (Strictly Ballroom, Romeo + Juliet).

Nick Carraway (Toby Maguire) is trying to make his fortune on Wall Street when he becomes entangled in the romantic lives of his cousin Daisy (Carey Mulligan) and her husband (Joel Edgerton). And then, of course, there is Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio).

Adapted from F Scott Fitzgerald’s most famous novel, it is not realistic or truthful to the time in which it is set. But it captures is a feeling, a sense that anything is possible.