From internationally acclaimed and Oscar-nominated filmmaker Mike Leigh (Secrets & Lies, Mr. Turner, Topsy-Turvy) comes an epic recreation of one of the bloodiest episodes in British history. Manchester, 1819: a period of extreme famine after the Napoleonic Wars has led to increasing protest among working people. As Lord Sidmouth (Karl Johnson), the Home Secretary, suspends habeas corpus in an effort to suppress a political uprising, radical orator Henry Hunt (Rory Kinnear) prepares to deliver a damning speech for some 60,000 everyday people at St Peter’s Fields – demanding parliamentary reform and extended voting rights. But when the government-backed cavalry charges into the peaceful crowd, the ensuing massacre would prove to be one of the defining moments of change in European political history.
Why You Should See This Film
Wrought on an epic scale but nevertheless marked by Leigh’s signature flair for the intimate intricacies of working class life, Peterloo revisits a historical turning point with brutal honesty and stunning visuals. Painstakingly accurate in its set design and costuming but still thrillingly rough around the edges, this film will immerse you in the malaise and radicalism of Britain in 1819.
- Year: 2018
- Rating: M
- Director: Mike Leigh
- Cast: Rory Kinnear, Maxine Peake, Pearce Quigley
- Duration: 155 minutes
- Language: English