One of the films hotly tipped for Oscar nominations next year, Suffragette, starring Meryl Streep, Carey Mulligan and Helena Bonham-Carter is to open this year’s BFI London Film Festival.
The Film Festival opens in London on October 7, and Suffragette will have its European premiere at the Odeon Leicester Square. In announcing the opening film for the Festival, a new trailer has also been released.
Set in 1912, when the rights of women were non-existent, Suffragette follows the the story of Emmeline Pankhurst. Pankhurst was a British political activist and leader of the British Suffragette movement, which helped women win the right to vote. Multi-award winning Streep portrays the woman who “shook society into a new pattern from which there could be no going back”.
Starring alongside Streep, Mulligan, and Bonham Carter is Brendan Gleeson, Anne-Marie Duff and Ben Whishaw. Suffragette is directed by Sarah Gavron and written by Abi Morgan, who wrote the screenplay for The Iron Lady.