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Suffragette: Life mirrors art as premiere is upstaged by cuts protest

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

Real life mirrored the drama, which stars Carey Mulligan, Meryl Streep and Anne-Marie Duff.

Women from Sisters Uncut, wearing tops saying "Dead women can't vote", jumped barriers and lay on the carpet as Duff and fellow actresses Helena Bonham Carter and Romola Garai gave interviews.

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

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

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Meryl Streep, Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter and Anne Marie Duff at the Suffragette premiere in London last night

Meryl Streep, Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter and Anne Marie Duff at the Suffragette premiere in London last night

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Meryl Streep, Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter and Anne Marie Duff at the Suffragette premiere in London last night

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