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 reforms and protest against rising levels of poverty.
Camerimage: FIPRESCI Prize award winner for cinematographer Dick Pope!
Venice Film Festival: Human Rights Film Network Award for writer / director Mike Leigh!
5 Stars! “With this richly intelligent, passionate movie, Mike Leigh has fought a brilliant rearguard action on history’s political battlefield.” (The Guardian)