Peterloo

Winner
Human Rights Film Network Award
Venice Film Festival
Nominee
Golden Lion
Venice Film Festival
With this richly intelligent, passionate movie Mike Leigh has fought a brilliant rearguard action on history's political battlefield.

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Peterloo

An epic portrayal of the events surrounding the infamous 1819 Peterloo Massacre, where a peaceful pro-democracy rally at St Peter's Field in Manchester turned into one of the bloodiest and most notorious episodes in British history.

The massacre saw British government forces charge into a crowd of over 60,000 that had gathered to demand political reform and protest against rising levels of poverty. Many protesters were killed and hundreds more injured, sparking a nationwide outcry but also further government suppression.

The Peterloo Massacre was a defining moment in British democracy which also played a significant role in the founding of The Guardian newspaper.
Genre
Drama, History, Auteur Cinema
Runtime
153
Language
English
Director
Mike Leigh
Writer(s)
Mike Leigh
Awards:
Winner, Human Rights Film Network Award, Venice Film Festival
Nominee, Golden Lion, Venice Film Festival
FEATURED REVIEW
Guy Lodge, Variety

For two filmmakers who have, for much of their careers, been bracketed as twin bastions of British social realism, Mike Leigh and Ken Loach have never had much in common. Where Loach has long worn his liberal activist’s heart on his sleeve, Leigh tends to tuck his politics into the folds of his ...

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