suffragette to open london film festival

The Carey Mulligan-led film about the early women’s rights movement will premier at the festival in October

by Colin Crummy
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03 June 2015, 3:01pm

Suffragette, the first feature film about the fight by British women to get the right to vote, will get its European premiere at this year's London Film Festival. The film, starring Carey Mulligan, will open the LFF on 7th October, with simultaneous screenings planned in cinemas across the UK. The full trailer for the film, released today, shows Carey Mulligan as Maud, a laundry worker who is recruited into the Suffragettes, Britain's early feminist movement, and who becomes embroiled in their increasingly violent battle to have women's voices heard in the British political landscape.

The trailer also includes a speech by Emmeline Pankhurst, leader of the suffragette movement and played in the film by Meryl Streep. The cast includes Helena Bonham Carter, Anne-Marie Duff and Ben Whishaw, as Maud's husband. Suffragette also includes scenes shot in the Houses of Parliament; the first time a commercial crew has been allowed in to film. The film is out 30th October.