Mike Leigh’s PETERLOO (named after the Battle of Waterloo as this other massacre took place at Peter’s Field) is described in the press notes as a historical drama that portrays the epic events surrounding the infamous 1819 Peterloo Massacre, where a peaceful pro-democracy rally at St Peter’s Field in Manchester turned bloody. British government forces charged into a crowd of over 60,000 that had gathered to demand political reform and protest against rising poverty. Many protestors were killed and hundreds more injured, sparking a nationwide outcry.
The outcry was made known by the Guardian newspaper thus re-defining a moment in British democracy.
It is a 150 minute film which builds up to the last 30 minutes when the bloodshed begins. The audience is aware…
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