Feminist protesters lie down on red carpet at premiere of Suffragette


Feminist protesters hit the red carpet tonight alongside stars of the film Suffragette at the opening night of the BFI London Film Festival.

Scenes from real life mirrored those in the drama, which stars Carey Mulligan, Meryl Streep and Anne-Marie Duff.

Groups of women from Sisters Uncut, wearing tops with posters stuck on saying "Two women killed every week" and "Dead women can't vote", jumped the barriers and lay on the carpet while Duff and fellow actresses Helena Bonham Carter and Romola Garai gave interviews.

"We are suffragettes," they shouted, and "Domestic violence cuts kill," referring to cuts to domestic abuse services.

Other protesters held banners with the words "50/50 Parliament", calling for equality in the British Government.

Garai said: "I haven't spoken to them or seen their demands but I'm happy to see the suffrage movement is alive and happening."