More than 100 protesters jumped over the barriers and onto the red carpet at the Suffragette premier in Lester Square last night.
They were demonstrating for a number of reasons, some seemed to be aimed at the film and others at the cuts that will direct women such as domestic violence support. Some of the women were there because they felt the film did not represent women of colour despite their involvement in the suffragette movement.
Helena Bonham Carter who was at the premier has said in an interview "I'm glad our film has done something. That's exactly what it's there for".
“It’s timely because the cast of the film is entirely white and they are running with this slogan, ‘I’d rather be a rebel than a slave’ which implies passivity or acceptance of being a slave. But it also ignores the fact that women of colour were completely involved in the suffragette struggle. This film isn’t representing them.” Asked why the protesters chose to target a film seemingly supportive of their feminist stance, Latifa said: “This film is talking about women’s liberation in a very celebratory sense and there’s this argument that we’re in a post-feminist era so that means that our messages more than ever need to heard because there is this delusional element to it all.”