The BFI announced this morning that the 59th BFI London Film Festival will be opened on Wednesday 7th October with the European premiere of Suffragette at the Odeon Leicester Square.
Directed by BAFTA nominated filmmaker Sarah Gavron, Suffragette is the first ever feature film to document the story of the ordinary British women who at the turn of the twentieth century fought for equality and women’s right to vote, risking everything in the process.
With an all star cast including Meryl Streep, Helena Bonham Carter and Carey Mulligan, Suffragette is the first film in history to be filmed inside the Houses of Parliament, with the permission of MPs.
Sarah Gavron once again teamed up with screenwriter Abi Morgan (The Iron Lady, 2011) and producer Alison Owen (The Other Boyeln Girl, 2008), the trio previously worked together on the BAFTA nominated Brick Lane (2007).
The full programme for the 59th BFI London Film Festival is due to be announced on Tuesday 1st September, and runs from Wednesday 7th October – Sunday 18th October 2015.