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A masterful depiction of one of the bloodiest episodes in British history, the 1819 Peterloo Massacre, from acclaimed director Mike Leigh.
Veteran filmmaker Mike Leigh (Topsy-Turvy, Mr Turner) has crafted a sobering and immersive look at the 1819 Peterloo Massacre. Four years after the British defeated Napoleon on the field at Waterloo, a different kind of battle was fought, this time on English soil at St. Peter’s Field in Manchester. Leigh orchestrates a superb ensemble cast to weave multiple stories of everyday people into a socialist tapestry. Warm, intelligent and incendiary, this is an important work of cinematic history.
(2018 UK 154 mins)
Peterloo is purest Mike Leigh in the best sense: class-conscious, beautifully acted and filmed and a call for social change. It is also, despite that kinetic battle scene, a film of ideas and political conversation, not action. The historical problems Leigh’s characters confront are presented in exquisite detail, down to the sympathetic working class’s rotting teeth and the smug ruling class’s lace and finery. But the ideas are also designed to resonate today: an economy that short-changes workers, callous politicians without conscience or empathy, even an assault on truth and a defence of the journalism that might pierce the government’s lies … exquisitely shot by cinematographer Dick Pope. Caryn James, BBC
BBFC advice: Contains moderate violence and language
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