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Following an effective teaser released to coincide with the UK general election, the highly anticipated Suffragette premiered its evocative and goosebump-inducing official trailer this week. The always-wonderful Carey Mulligan takes the lead in the film, which centres on the founding of the British women’s suffragette movement. Handling the topic with pathos, resilience, respect and even humour, the trailer concentrates on Mulligan’s Maud, a working wife and mother who joins the movement.

From An Education to Drive to Never Let Me Go, Mulligan has proved her ability to convey a wealth of emotions in a single, startling look. In Suffragette she stars alongside some of Britain’s most talented performers, including Helena Bonham Carter, Romola Garai and Anne-Marie Duff, but it is Mulligan’s performance that looks set to anchor the film.

Presiding over events is the inimitable Meryl Streep, who plays leader of the movement Emmeline Pankhurst, who is seen telling Maud and her fellow activists to “defy the government and define their own destinies”. Directed by Sarah Gavron and written by Abi Morgan, both of whom worked with Streep on 2011’s The Iron Lady, Suffragette is already attracting widespread attention and Oscar buzz.

The film also stars Brendan Gleeson and Ben Whishaw and is due to be released on 30 October 2015, following its premiere at the opening night of the BFI London Film Festival.

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