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Filming Fight for the Right: the Birmingham Suffragettes has now begun in earnest. Last week we filmed two scenes at Kings Norton Girls School, including the opening scene set in a present day classroom.

Filming the opening scene
Filming the opening scene
filming Bertha Ryland

filming Bertha Ryland
Photo courtesy of Matthew Ward @historyneedsyou

police harrassment

police harrassment!
Photo courtesy of Matthew Ward @historyneedsyou

Yesterday both schools came together at Birmingham Archives & Heritage to film 6 scenes, including one of the most pivotal incidents, when the suffragettes and suffragists march together. We also filmed Hilda Burkitt and Bertha Ryland as they plan their protest for Prime Minister Asquith’s visit to Birmingham, and a scene featuring Catherine Osler, also discussing the visit of Asquith and her outrage at women being prevented from attending the meeting.

journalist, Mrs Osler & Mrs Fawcett

journalist quizzing Mrs Osler & Mrs Fawcett
Photo courtesy of Matthew Ward @historyneedsyou

Mrs Osler

Mrs Catherine Osler
Photo courtesy of Matthew Ward @historyneedsyou

the arrest of Hilda Burkitt

the arrest of Hilda Burkitt
Photo courtesy of Matthew Ward @historyneedsyou

On Thursday we will finish shooting scenes that feature Prime Ministers Asquith and Lloyd George and Mrs Osler and Mrs Fawcett. In a few weeks we will film the scenes that show Bertha Ryland planning her attack on a painting at the Art Gallery and the scenes with Hilda Burkitt in Winson Green, undergoing the ordeal of forcible feeding.

Both groups of participants have been absolutely amazing! Their positivity and enthusiasm was infectious (even when standing around in freezing cold temperatures!) and Sima Gonsai and myself have had a brilliant time working with them. The film already looks very special indeed and we can’t wait for people to see it, hopefully towards the end of June. We’d also really like to say a HUGE thanks to all of our supporters, particularly Nikki Thorpe, Don Hazzard and Richard Albutt for their amazing help and support, Matthew Ward, Ellie Dobson & Rosalind Fursland, who were brilliant extras on the shoot, staff at the Archives, the Heritage Lottery Fund and Birmingham City Council for their help with this project – we couldn’t have done it without them.

Nicola

Tabby the suffragist

Tabby the suffragist
Photo courtesy of Matthew Ward @historyneedsyou

journalist & passerby

journalist & passerby
Photo courtesy of Matthew Ward @historyneedsyou

Sima Gonsai, director

Sima Gonsai, director
Photo courtesy of Matthew Ward @historyneedsyou

Project manager Nicola

Nicola Gauld, project manager
Photo courtesy of Matthew Ward @historyneedsyou

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