Meryl Streep’s Suffragette To Open This Year’s BFI London Film Festival!

Credit: Pathe
Credit: Pathe

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 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.

Clare Stewart, the BFI London Film Festival director said: “We are proud to announce that the much anticipated Suffragette will be this year’s BFI London Film Festival opening night gala.”
She went on to say, “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.”
Producers Faye Ward and Alison Owen added that they had made “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”.This year’s BFI London Film Festival runs from October 7-18 at cinemas around the capital. You can find out more by going to the Festival’s home page.
Suffragette will open in cinemas in the UK on October 30.

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