Mike Leigh’s portrayal of the events surrounding the infamous 1819 Peterloo Massacre. Government forces charged into a crowd of over 60,000 people who had gathered in a peaceful protest against rising levels of poverty and to demand political reform. 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.

Critics Views

“Mike Leigh brings an overwhelming simplicity and severity to this historical epic, which begins with rhetoric and ends in violence. There is force, grit and, above all, a sense of purpose; a sense that the story he has to tell is important and real, and that it needs to be heard right now.” The Guardian

“There is a danger of filing Peterloo away as an “important film” – but it is also a complex, rousing and rewarding one for anyone prepared to meet it on its own unapologetically ambitious terms.”  The Telegraph

“Leigh’s achievement is to have made a period film with the same immediacy and sense of anger that runs through contemporary dramas like Hillsborough or Bloody Sunday. He has a huge ensemble cast but that exhaustive attention to detail and fascination with the eccentricities of human behaviour which has always characterised his work is still there.” The Independent

Film Rating

 Critics 70% Audience 65%

Rotten Tomatoes
Top Critics positive review 62%  Top Critics average rating score 63% Audience want to see 90%

Stockbridge Audience: TBC%

No. of responses:-
Very Poor 

Date: Friday 15 February 2019

Time: 7.30pm

Length: 2hrs 34mins

Genre: Drama, History, Biography

Director: Mike Leigh

Writer: Mike Leigh

Starring: Rory Kinnear, Maxine Peake, Neil Bell

Rating: 12A
Moderate violence, language

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