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Year: 2018 
Running Time:
Aspect Ratio: Unknown 
Certificate: BBFC 12A Cert – Under 12s admitted only with an adult 
Subtitles: This film is not expected to be subtitled, though this cannot be guaranteed. 
Directed by Mike Leigh 
Starring: Rory Kinnear, Maxine Peake, Pearce Quigley  
An image from Peterloo

In 1819, the masses are half starved from corn law tariffs, and hungry for change. In St Peter’s Field, over 100,000 men, women and children attend a peaceful pro-democracy rally to protest tax raises and increasing poverty levels. A reformer and orator, Henry Hunt (Rory Kinnear - Spectre) is sent from the capital to come to some kind of resolution with the Manchester protestors. Unfortunately, some excitable cavalry and yeomen, temporarily free from the restraint of a commanding officer, charge into the unarmed crowd, massacring 18, and injuring hundreds more...

Steeped in political discourse and rhetoric, this is a far cry from Leigh’s other films. With a delicate weaving of events that have an eerie resonance to those more contemporary, this is a gripping and often visceral period drama.

Gail Marshall

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Screenings of this film:

2018/2019 Spring Term (digital)