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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.
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.
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.