– Peterloo –
Only in cinemas from 16 May 2019
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Mike Leigh’s latest film is 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 reform and protest against rising levels of poverty. Many protestors were killed and hundreds more injured, sparking a nationwide outcry but also further government suppression. The Peterloo Massacre was a defining moment in British democracy which also played a significant role in the founding of The Guardian newspaper.
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Mike Leigh is known for his socially-conscious modern dramas. But he’s done historical themes previously as well. In 1999, he directed a portrait of the 19th Century opera stars Gilbert & Sullivan. What was the name of that film?
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David Edwards is the editor of The Blurb and a contributor on film and television