Magazine article Screen International

‘Suffragette’ to Open BFI London Film Festival

Magazine article Screen International

‘Suffragette’ to Open BFI London Film Festival

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Suffragette, the story of the British women who fought for the right to vote at the turn of the 20th century, has been named as the opening night film of the 59th BFI London Film Festival (Oct 7-18).

The period drama will receive its European premiere at the festival on October 7 - three weeks ahead of its UK release - at the Odeon Leicester Square, attended by cast members including Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter and Meryl Streep.

The premiere will be broadcast live from the red carpet ahead of simultaneous screenings of the film at cinemas across the UK.

The film stars Mulligan, Bonham Carter, Brendan Gleeson, Anne-Marie Duff, Ben Whishaw and Streep.

It is directed by Sarah Gavron, who returns to the festival for a third time, reteaming with her Brick Lane screenwriter Abi Morgan (The Iron Lady).

The film is produced by Faye Ward and Alison Owen, producers of Saving Mr. Banks, which closed the LFF in 2013.

Suffragette tracks the story of the foot soldiers of the early feminist movement as they fought for the right to vote, women who were forced underground to pursue a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse with an increasingly brutal State.

Mulligan will play one such foot soldier, Maud, while Steep makes an appearance as Suffragette leader Emmeline Pankhurst. …

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