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Directed byMike Leigh

Cast membersMaxine Peake, Rory Kinnear

Running time174 minutes

Peterloo (12A)

Epic drama based on the Peterloo massacre of 1819.
MR TURNER director Mike Leigh presents 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 protesters 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 Insight: moderate violence, language
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