• 2018
  • UK
  • 2h 34min
  • Directed by: Mike Leigh
  • Cast: Rory Kinnear, Maxine Peake, Neil Bell

Historical drama depicting the 1819 massacre at St Peter’s Field in Manchester and its background. Leigh crafts an ensemble story on a far greater canvas than he’s ever attempted before, and shows he can handle big-scale action; while it struggles at times to gel, the quieter moments really linger. Passionate and finely-crafted.

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2018 | 154 mins | Dir: Mike Leigh | Cast includes: Maxine Peake, Rory Kinnear | Cert: 12A

Internationally acclaimed and Oscar-nominated filmmaker Mike Leigh portrays one of the bloodiest episodes in British history, the infamous Peterloo Massacre of 1819, where government-backed cavalry charged into a peaceful crowd of 80,000 that gathered in Manchester, England to demand democratic reform.

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