We’re only days away from the world’s Oldest film festival Edinburgh and today the UK’s biggest BFI London Film Festival announces Suffragette will open 59th Edition. To celebrate news we now have the first UK trailer a story of the ordinary British women at the turn of the last century who risked everything in the fight for equality and the right to vote.
As well as its Opening Gala, Suffragette will also receive its European premiere on Wednesday 7 October at the Odeon Leicester Square. For an importance to British social history it deserves a fantastic line up of actress and with Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter ,Meryl Streep along with Ben Whishaw and Brendan Gleeson. You can say the film directed by Abi Morgan (The Iron Lady) has that stellar cast.
Suffragette is an intense drama that 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. These women were not primarily from the genteel educated classes, they were working women who had seen peaceful protest achieve nothing. Radicalised and turning to violence as the only route to change, they were willing to lose everything in their fight for equality – their jobs, their homes, their children and their lives. The character of Maud, played by Carey Mulligan, is one such foot soldier. The story of her fight for dignity is both heart-breaking and inspirational.
“Suffragette is an urgent and compelling film – made by British women, about British women who changed the course of history and it is, quite simply, a film that everyone must see.” said Clare Stewart, BFI London Film Festival Director.
Full programme for the festival will be launched on 1st September as ever we hope to be at the festival itself which will run from 7th until 18th October, with Suffragette been released in UK&Ireland from 30th October.