GB 1913, P Warwick Trading Company, Print b/w, 35mm, 40 s, silent, BFI National Archive

These newsreel scenes show the policemen swarming the streets of Westminster prepared to quash violent protests. As it happened, according to a contemporary Guardian newspaper report: "women showed no sign of an organised attack, and after a time the crowd became weary of waiting for something and melted away". (Katy McGahan, Make More Noise! Suffragettes in Silent Film)


GB 1913, P Pathé Frères Cinema, Print b/w, 35mm, 46 s, silent, BFI National Archive

This Pathé newsreel captures the aftermath of an arson attack on Levetleigh House, St Leonards, former residence of Conservative MP for Hastings and Rye Arthur Du Cros. The attack was orchestrated by suffragette Kitty Marion, by way of a protest against the politician's staunch resistance to women's suffrage. (Katy McGahan, Make More Noise! Suffragettes in Silent Film)


GB 1917, P Topical Film Company, Print b/w, Digibeta from 35mm, 1 min, silent, BFI National Archive

The great leaders of the party pose for the newsreel cameras, as the WSPU [Women's Social and Political Union] took to the stage of Queen's Hall London to discuss the issue of women Members of Parliament. We see Emmeline (Mrs) Pankhurst, her daughter Christabel, Flora 'The General’ Drummond and Angie Kenney, the only working-class suffragette to rise to the top echelons of the party. (Jez Stewart, Make More Noise! Suffragettes in Silent Film)


GB 1923, P Topical Film Company, Print b/w, 35mm, 13 s, silent, BFI National Archive

Nancy Astor addressing her supporters from the back of a car during her re-election for Plymouth Sutton. This was the Conservative seat she had won in 1919 making her the first woman MP to sit in parliament.  (Bryony Dixon, Make More Noise! Suffragettes in Silent Film)


D 1913, D, SC Urban Gad, C Emil Schünemann, Guido Seeber, Karl Freund, P Paul Davidson for Projektions AG »Union« (PAGU), Berlin, Cast Asta Nielsen, Max Landa, Mary Scheller, Adele Reuter-Eichberg, Fred Immler, Charly Berger, Print b/w, Blu-ray from 35mm, 60 min, silent, Stiftung Deutsche Kinemathek

„Asta Nielsen depicts all the stages of her spiritual condition in this play. From the cheerful, larksome young girl returning to her parental home (…) to the mature woman hurling defiance at her father with a decisive No! In the assembly she swears an oath, completes her baptism by fire as she demolishes windowpanes armed with a hammer, then finally lands in prison. (…) Asta Nielsen performs this pantomime with consummate skill.“ (Christian Arp, Erste Internationale Film-Zeitung, 1913). The protagonists are based on British suffragettes Emmeline Pankhurst and her daughter Christabel Pankhurst. Bavarian censors only approved a version that had been shortened by 136 metres, leading Urban Gad to pull the film from release in Bavaria.

Accompanied on a historic Kramer grand piano by Elvira Plenar


Historisches Museum Frankfurt


Weiterer Spieltermin "Die Suffragette."


Murnau-Filmtheater Wiesbaden