Starring: Maxine Peake, Rory Kinnear
Duration: 154 min
Mike Leigh (Mr Turner) directs an epic portrayal of the events surrounding the infamous 1819 Peterloo Massacre at St Peter’s Field in Manchester, where a peaceful pro-democracy rally turned into one of the bloodiest and most notorious episodes in British history. Government forces charged into a crowd of over 60,000 that had gathered to demand political reform and protest against rising levels of poverty. Many protestors were killed and hundreds more injured, sparking not only a nationwide outcry but also further government suppression. The massacre was a defining moment in British democracy. In a huge ensemble cast, Rory Kinnear shines as orator Henry Hunt, while Maxine Peake plays a matriarch struggling to hold her family together in the face of severe deprivation.