Belfast Telegraph

Streep to head into Parliament

Meryl Streep is to set foot into the Houses of Parliament to film scenes for Suffragette.

The Oscar-winning actress, who will play pioneering campaigner Emmeline Pankhurst in the movie, will make history as it will be the first commercial film to shoot footage inside the historic venue after members approved an application.

Sarah Gavron's upcoming drama, written by Iron Lady screenwriter Abi Morgan, will shoot in Parliament over the Easter break, said The Hollywood Reporter.

Film London and British Film Commission chief executive Adrian Wootton said: "This unique location promises to attract more production to the capital, and by working with the industry and our partners, we will help ensure it can get the most out of filming, while protecting the integrity of this very special building.

"And I look forward to seeing it on screen in the star-studded Suffragette, which will be a fantastic showcase of British talent, behind and in front of the camera, and this very special new location," he added.

Carey Mulligan stars alongside Meryl in the film as Maud, one of the early Women's Social and Political Union members, while Helena Bonham Carter, Romola Garai and Ben Whishaw also have roles.

Suffragette, which is scheduled for release in 2015, tells the story about women's quest for equal voting rights in the early 20th century, led by Emmeline.

No commercial filming had previously been allowed in the chambers, so film producers had to construct them as sets instead.

When Meryl portrayed former UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady, Manchester Town Hall was used to show parts of the Palace of Westminster.


From Belfast Telegraph