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Suffragettes in film

How the battle for women’s suffrage in the early years of the 20th century was captured on film.

European premiere of Suffragette to open 59th BFI London Film Festival

The opening night of the 59th BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express® will be attended by the filmmakers and stellar cast, including Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter and Meryl Streep.

Born on this day in 1857: watch Emmeline Pankhurst’s arrest at Buckingham Palace

'Arrested at the gates of the Palace. Tell the King!' 157 years after her birth, watch the historic moment when pioneer suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst was arrested at Buckingham Palace.

Centenary of suffragette Emily Davison’s death

Watch the historic moment 100 years ago at the 1913 Derby when suffragette Emily Davison was trampled by King George V's horse.

59th BFI London Film Festival: red carpet photo round-up

Now the dust has settled on another terrific Festival, let’s look back at the best snaps of the stars from Meryl Streep to Michael Fassbender.

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Sight & Sound magazine

Different strengths: women to the fore (and aft) at London 2015

Women were in the spotlight at this year's London Film Festival, from Suffragette's opening-gala platform to the Geena Davis Institute's campaign on gender representation. But did the emphasis on symbols overshadow subjects and sensibilities, asks Simran Hans?

Sight & Sound: the November 2015 issue

Guillermo del Toro's gothic Crimson Peak, Andrei Tarkovsky's path-forging screen poetry and Yorgos Lanthimos's starry social satire The Lobster. Plus Carey Mulligan and Suffragette, Sicario's US-Mexico borderlands and British TV documentaries from the 1950s and 60s.

‘Strong’ women – latinate quarter at London 2015

With women on film centre-stage at this year's London Film Festival, Mar Diestro-Dópido rounds up ten films with a female flavour from Latin America, Spain, France and Italy.

BFI London Film Festival 2015: 30 recommendations

Our hot takes on 30 hot tickets at this year's festival.

Silk and steel: the life of Olivia de Havilland

On the eve of her 100th birthday, Farran Smith Nehme celebrates the career of the last of the great pre-World War II Hollywood stars, a woman who was not only a fabulous performer but also a thorn in the side of the studios, winning a key legal battle for which every actor in Tinseltown owed a debt of gratitude.​

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BFI Media Conference 2014

Read the full programme, watch the conference sessions and access speakers’ notes and presentations from our 2014 conference.

BFI Media Conference 2015

Read the full programme and download speakers’ notes and presentations from our 2015 conference.

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