Sunday 23 October 2016

Carey Mulligan says women's stories untold in 'sexist film industry'

Published 18/09/2015 | 00:10

Carey Mulligan plays a laundry worker and housewife in Suffragette
Carey Mulligan plays a laundry worker and housewife in Suffragette

Actress Carey Mulligan has bemoaned the "sexist film industry", saying that women's stories are "largely untold".

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Mulligan's latest role in the movie Suffragette sees her playing Maud Watts, a laundry worker and housewife from the East End who gets drawn into the suffragette movement.

In an interview with Reader's Digest, Mulligan reflects on why this story hasn't been told before.

"I don't think it's an oversight at all," she says, "I think we have a sexist film industry, and stories about women are largely untold. This is one that's fallen by the wayside because of that."

"I think a lot of people have sat around tables in various production offices and decided it wasn't financially viable."

Her other notable roles include the recent one opposite Matthias Schoenaerts in Far from The Madding Crowd.

So it's a surprise to hear that before making the above-mentioned movie, she hadn't worked for 18 months.

"That was mainly because there wasn't anything that interesting to work on," she explains. "You either make a lot of compromises and play roles you're not very keen on, or you have to wait.

"I've been incredibly lucky in getting the jobs I've done, and I did enough work in the earlier part of my career to allow me to sit around for a bit. But that's a privileged position - not many people get to do that."

Mulligan is married to Mumford and Sons front man, Marcus Mumford, and the pair are expecting their first child later this year.

Suffragette opens the London Film Festival on October 7.

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