According to Deadline, the Sarah Gavron-helmed Suffragette opened the London Film Festival last week in its European premiere after bowing at Telluride in early September. On Monday, it started previews in the UK with numbers that just keep going up. Pathé UK has the timely period drama locally which is being distributed by Fox under their pact (Focus releases Stateside on October 23). After four days at the polls, UK moviegoers have spent $2.16M through Thursday. Not only that, but playing on 490 screens, Suffragette jumped in the mid-week from $423K on Monday, to $562K on Tuesday and $600K on Wednesday. Going into the weekend, it’s running No. 2 behind The Martian and coming off the strong early days, Pathé is feeling pretty upbeat. The movie has been able to capitalize on that LFF premiere mixed with the currently amplified debate about equality for women. The complete article can be read here.
Meryl Streep will present designer Alber Elbaz with the Superstar award at The Fashion Group International’s Night of Stars on 22 October 2015. In July it was announced the Lanvin creative director would receive the prestigious prize and now WWD has confirmed who’ll be handing it over. He dressed Meryl in a golden gown for the 2012 Oscars, which makes the actress a good fit for the occasion. “The seamstress that made the dress worked for three days and three nights on the dress, and after she finished, she was sick for three days,” Alber recalled to Britain’s The Telegraph newspaper in 2012. “And you know, with the Oscars, you do the dress and you never know if they will wear it. I wanted so much for (Meryl) to wear it, just for this woman that didn’t go to sleep for three days, and just put so much love into the dress.” Many thanks to Glenn for the heads-up.
On Wednesday evening, Meryl Streep joined Gloria Steinem for a Manhattan screening of Leslee Udwin’s film, “India’s Daughter. The controversial documentary – banned in India – is about the protests following the brutal gang rape of 23-year-old medical student Jyoti Singh on a moving Delhi bus in 2012. India’s Daughter will screen at the Village East Cinema from October 23-29 before its November 16 broadcast on PBS.
Meryl Streep will be Jury President of the 66th Berlin International Film Festival. It will be the first time in her longstanding career that this world famous star takes on the role of a juror at a film festival. ”Meryl Streep is one of the most creative and multifaceted film artists. To mark our enthusiasm for her extraordinary talent we awarded her the Honorary Golden Bear in 2012 for her lifetime achievement. I am very happy that she is returning to Berlin and with her artistic experience will take on the chairmanship of the International Jury”, says Berlinale Director Dieter Kosslick. Meryl Streep has been a guest at the Berlin International Film Festival on a number of occasions: in 1999, she was awarded the Berlinale Camera, and in 2003, together with Julianne Moore and Nicole Kidman she shared the Silver Bear award for their performances in The Hours. In 2012, the Berlinale dedicated a homage to Meryl Streep and awarded her the Honorary Golden Bear for her lifetime achievement. On being appointed to lead the 2016 jury, Meryl Streep said today:
It is a thrill to return to the festival under any circumstances, but it is with great relish and anticipation I look forward to jury duty. The responsibility is somewhat daunting, as I have never been President of anything before, and I hope I can come up to the precedent set by the distinguished juries of preceding years. Grateful for the honor.
The last few days have been filled with lots of appearances in the United Kingdom for the promotion of “Suffragette”. Yesterday, Meryl sat down on Graham Norton’s couch (for the second time this year) to talk about the film alongside Carey Mulligan, Nicole Kidman and Nigella Lawson. The complete appearance can be watched in the video archive. Also added are Meryl’s appearances at the Women in the World London Summit, the “Suffragette” press conference at the BFI London Film Festival and an interview with BBC News. For a complete list of new added videos, have a look at the previews below.
Video Archive – Talkshows – The Graham Norton Show (2015)
Video Archive – Public Appearances – Women in the World London Summit
Video Archive – Public Appearances – BFI London Film Festival – Suffragette Premiere
Video Archive – Public Appearances – BFI London Film Festival – Suffragette Press Conference
Video Archive – News Segments – BBC News (October 07, 2015)
Video Archive – Miscellaneous – “We the People” for Global Goals (2015)
Video Archive – Career – Suffragette – Film Scene 02
Hundreds of additional pictures from the BFI London Film Festival’s photocall and premiere of “Suffragette” have been added to the photo gallery, with many thanks to Lindsey for the contribution. Additionally, pictures from the taping of “The Graham Norton Show” as well as the Women in the World Summit in London have been added as well. For more information about the latter two events, check the next update.
As previously reported, “Suffragette” has opened yesterday’s BFI London Film Festival. There has been a lot of bad press towards the film (not to confuse with actual critics who have seen and enjoyed the film) and online hysteria regarding the Time Out London photoshoot, and I’m going to write more about it this weekend (or probably just ignore it), but for now, let’s celebrate the film’s premiere with pictures from the photocall, press conference and premiere. There’s more to come, so check back soon.
Photo Gallery – Public Appearances – 2015 – BFI London Film Festival – Suffragette Premiere
Photo Gallery – Public Appearances – 2015 – BFI London Film Festival – Suffragette Press Conference
Photo Gallery – Public Appearances – 2015 – BFI London Film Festival – Suffragette Photocall
A first clip of Meryl Streep portraying Emmeline Pankhurst in “Suffragette” has been released. In the brief clip, which also features Suffragette’s leading lady Carey Mulligan, Pankhurst speaks from the balcony to a large group of followers about equality, saying, “We don’t want to be lawbreakers, we want to be lawmakers”. The clip can be found in the video archive. Many thanks to Joan for the heads-up.