Audiences Get First Sight Of Mike Leigh’s “Peterloo”

Critically acclaimed writer-director Mike Leigh will release his latest film Peterloo in UK cinemas on November 2. Entertainment One has now released the first trailer of the film based on the shocking true story of the 1819 Peterloo Massacre.

Mike Leigh, the critically acclaimed writer-director of such British independent greats as Secrets and Lies and Another Year is set to bring the tragic true story of the 1819 Peterloo Massacre to vivid life on November 2.

The man who gave us brilliant subtle politicised comic-dramas like Life Is Sweet and Meantime turns his attentions once again to a real life historic event after his last outing saw Mr. Turner chart the life of painter J. M. W. Turner.

Peterloo - Mike Leigh

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The trailer reveals a visually arresting period piece with Leigh enlisting the help of long-time collaborator, director of photography Dick Pope. Portraying the events surrounding the infamous 1819 Peterloo Massacre, the film recreates the true tale of how a peaceful pro-democracy rally in Manchester turned into notoriously bloody carnage when government forces stormed into a crowd of 60,000 people.

Protesting against poverty and demanding political reform, many protesters lost their lives with hundreds more injured. A defining moment, the Peterloo Massacre was a precursor and part-inspiration to the founding of liberal newspaper The Guardian.

Leigh described the story as having “personal resonance” when speaking to Screen International in 2015 when he originally announced it as his next project. “There has never been a feature film about the Peterloo Massacre,” Leigh said. “Apart from the universal political significance of this historic event, the story has a particular personal resonance for me, as a native of Manchester and Salford.”

Peterloo arrives in UK cinemas on November 2.

Amilia Totten
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