Sarah Gavron's Suffragette to open the 59th BFI London Film Festival this year


Blimey, it seems like only last week were reviewing the opening film of last year's BFI London Film festival (which was The Imitation Game). This year, the 59th BFI London Film Festival has steered away from films featuring WWII and tortured male genius archetypes, and has a female-centric film for this year’s Opening Night. Sarah Gavron's Suffragette is the opener for 2015, billed as the first feature film to tell 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 59th BFI London Film Festival takes place 7 - 18 October. The full press release is below.

From the BFI:

The 59th BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express® is delighted to announce that this year’s Opening Night film will be Suffragette, the first feature film to tell 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.

Starring Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter, Brendan Gleeson, Anne-Marie Duff, Ben Whishaw and Meryl Streep, Suffragette is directed by LFF alumna Sarah Gavron, who returns to the Festival for a third time, reteaming with her Brick Lane screenwriter Abi Morgan (The Iron Lady).

The film will receive its European premiere on Wednesday 7 October at the Odeon Leicester Square, attended by the stellar cast and filmmakers, with a live cinecast from the red carpet and simultaneous screenings taking place at cinemas across the UK. Watch the trailer here.

BFI London Film Festival Director Clare Stewart says:

"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."

The full Festival programme will be revealed on Tue 1 Sep. BFI Patrons’ special booking service opens Tue 8 Sep, with BFI Champions’ extra priority on Wed 9 Sep and BFI Members’ priority booking on Thu 10 Sep. Tickets go on public sale on Thu 17 Sep.

The 59th BFI London Film Festival takes place 7 - 18 October at venues across London.


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