Suffragette to open BFI London Film Festival
by Naman Ramachandran
- Right to vote drama stars Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter and Meryl Streep
Suffragette [+see also:
film profile], directed by Sarah Gavron (Brick Lane [+see also:
film profile]) will open 59th British Film Institute (BFI) London Film Festival (7-18 October). The film tells the 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. Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter, Brendan Gleeson, Anne-Marie Duff, Ben Whishaw and Meryl Streep star.
Written by Abi Morgan (The Iron Lady [+see also:
film profile]), Suffragette is produced by Faye Ward and Alison Owen. The film is produced by Ruby Films, Pathé, Film4 and the BFI in association with Redgill Productions and with the participation of Canal+ and Cine-Cinema. Executive Producers are Cameron McCracken, Tessa Ross, Rose Garnett, Nik Bower, James Schamus and Teresa Moneo. Christopher Collins was the lead executive for the BFI.
Clare Stewart, BFI London Film Festival Director, said, “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.”
Ward and Owen said, “Suffragette is a film of struggle, a film of rage, but above all a film of passion. The women in our film are British women, London women, so it feels right for us to present our film at BFI London Film Festival. The Suffragettes would have felt very much at home here, surrounded by the energy, determination, hard work and inspiration that goes into both the Festival and the films that screen here.”
Pathé UK will release the film in UK cinemas on 30 October.