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06/03/2014

Suffragette To Film In House Of Commons

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In April, the House of Commons is to welcome a commercial production into its iconic halls for the first time, as the filming of British feature Suffragette gets underway.
The film, based on the story of the struggle for the right of women to vote in UK elections, will feature an all-star cast including Meryl Streep, Carey Mulligan and Helena Bonham Carter.
With assistance and support from Film London, the Palace of Westminster has decided to allow appropriate commercial filming on the Estate when the House is not sitting.
"London is one of the most popular filming destinations in the world and the production industries are a vital driver for our economy and support thousands of jobs," says Adrian Wootton, Chief Executive of Film London and the British Film Commission.
"Opening up such an iconic location as the House of Commons for filming is fantastic news. 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."
Commercial filming aims to generate income to offset the running costs of the House of Commons. All commercial filming proposals will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Directed by Sarah Gavron (Brick Lane) and based on a script by Abi Morgan (Brick Lane, The Iron Lady), Suffragette also stars Brendan Gleeson and Anne-Marie Duff.
"Our film is inspired by the true stories of the foot soldiers of the suffragette movement, women who were willing to sacrifice everything in their fight for the right to vote," says Gavron.
"We are honoured to be allowed to recreate a crucial moment in that long journey towards equality by filming where the suffragettes actually brought their protest over 100 years ago."
"As a British film which clearly relates to Parliament's history and heritage, this is an ideal pilot for the House of Commons to identify the opportunities for location filming and income generation," Sir Alan Haselhurst MP, Chair of the House of Commons Administration Committee.
"We hope the film will engage the public with Parliament's history and heritage, and will offer a new way to bring our iconic buildings to a wider audience."
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