BFI Begins Announcements for the 59th London Film Festival

The 59th BFI London Film Festival is set to take place Wednesday 7th October – Sunday 18th October 2015. A full programme for the Festival will be announced on Tuesday 1st September 2015. It has also been announced that this year’s Opening Night premiere will be Suffragette, it 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. The premiere will be attended by cast including Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter and Meryl Streep.

We are proud to announce that the much anticipated Suffragette will be this year’s BFI London Film Festival Opening Night gala. 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. – Clare Stewart (BFI London Film Festival Director)

A drama that tracks the story of the foot soldiers of the early feminist movement, 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. Radicalized 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. Maud was one such foot soldier. The story of her fight for dignity is as gripping and visceral as any thriller, it is also heart-breaking and inspirational.

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