From master British filmmaker Mike Leigh comes 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.
BBFC Advice: Contains moderate violence, language
This screening will be introduced John Charlton a member of North East Labour History Society and writer of '1819: Waterloo, Peterloo and Newcastle Town Moor’.
Running Time: 2hrs 34mins
BBFC Advice: 12A
Director(s): Mike Leigh
Country of Origin: UK
Year of release: 2018
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