Sarah Gavron was excited by female-driven film project Suffragette.

Sarah Gavron

Sarah Gavron

Gavron return to the director's chair last autumn with Suffragette, which explored the early days of the movement and battle for equal rights. It was the first film for Gavron since documentary Village at the End of the World and her first live-action film since she made her debut with Brick Lane.

And Gavron was not the only woman aboard the project as the writer, the producer, and most of the cast were women.

Speaking exclusively to FemaleFirst about the film, which is about to be released on DVD & Blu-ray, the director says it was an 'unusual' to see so many women involved in a film project.

She said: "It is unusual as only 1-10% of films are directed by women each year; this year it is something like 7%. Not only did we have a female director, writer and producer, but we also had a female production designer in Alice Normington, costume designer Jane Petrie and the make-up designer and location manager were also women.

"Then we had that big ensemble of women in front of the camera. So it was very unusual but it was exciting and there was a great sense of camaraderie and there was a feeling that we were doing something that broke with convention, just like the Suffragettes."

Suffragette saw Gavron team up with actress Carey Mulligan for the first time, as she took on the central role of Maud. Mulligan was joined on the cast list by Meryl Streep, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne-Marie Duff, Brendan Gleeson, and Ben Whishaw.

Suffragette was one of the best British films of 2015 and was part of a great year of cinema that saw some great films driven by women.

Read our full and exclusive interview with Sarah Gavron here.

Suffragette is released on DVD & Blu-ray on 29th February.

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