Rent Make More Noise!: Suffragettes in Silent Film (1917)

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Bad behaviour, noise, clamour and violence are not traits normally associated with British women - but for the first 15 years of the twentieth century, fearless females fought with the authorities, and society at large, to make themselves heard. At the same time, cinema was becoming established as a dominant art form, and the suffragettes made it their business to get in front of the cameras. This fascinating selection of over 20 films from the BFI National Archive combines documentary, newsreel and comedy to show how suffragettes were portrayed on the screen during the period when their battles were being waged on the streets.
Highlights include the wild antics of 'Tilly's Party' (1911), the harsh lessons of 'Wife the Weaker Vessel' (1915) and the poignancy of 'Miss Davison's Funeral' (1913).
, , Harry Buss, , Ruby Belasco, Arthur Staples, Lionelle Howard
Lewin Fitzhamon,
Lewin Fitzhamon
BFI Video
British Films, Comedy, Documentary
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Run Time:
72 minutes
English, Silent
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.33:1 / 4:3
B & W
  • Suffragette Demonstration in London (1910, 3 mins): newsreel of an early suffragette mass march
  • Tilly the Tomboy Visits the Poor (1910, 6 mins): The Tilly girls star in this mischievous comedy
  • London Factory Girls on Strike in Camden Town (1911, 27 secs): newsreel footage of the strikers
  • Suffragette Pageant in London (1911,1 min): footage of the Women's Coronation Procession
  • London Church Completely Destroyed by Fire (1913,1 min): newsreel of an arson attack
  • St Leonards Outrage (1913,1 min): footage of an arson attack on a MP's home
  • Suffragette Derby of 1913 (1913,5 mins): Gaumont's footage of the 1913 Derby
  • 'Law Abiding' Suffragists in Hyde Park {1913,1 min): a mass NUWSS meeting
  • Suffragettes Again (1913,1 min): newsreel of an arson attack in Plymouth
  • Trafalgar Square Meeting (1916,1 min): Mrs Pankhurst and Mrs Dacre Fox address the crowd
  • Labour's First Woman MP (1922,14 secs): short clip of Susan Lawrence
  • Lady Astor (Conservative) in Again for Plymouth (1923,13 secs): the first female MP celebrates another win

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