The film was written by Abi Morgan, produced by Faye Ward and Alison Owen, directed by Sarah Gavron and stars Meryl Streep, as activist Suffragette leader Emmeline Pankhurst, and Helena Bonham Carter, as Edith New, one of the first Suffragette "window smashers." Carey Mulligan plays Maud, a young working woman who sacrificed her family, her job and her freedom to join the fight for emancipation. Also in the stellar cast are Anne-Marie Duff, Ben Whishaw and Brendan Gleeson.
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The European premiere of Suffragette will open the 59th BFI London Film Festival on Oct. 7 with a live cinecast from the red carpet and simultaneous screenings at cinemas across the U.K.
BFI London Film Festival director Clare Stewart said: "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."
Suffragette will be released in cinemas nationwide on Oct. 30.
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