+ Q&A with Mike Leigh
Mike Leigh's epic drama about Manchester’s Peterloo massacre.
Dir Mike Leigh
With Rory Kinnear, Maxine Peake, Pearce Quigley, Philip Jackson
The massacre at a large pro-democracy rally at Manchester’s St Peter’s Field in 1819 is the subject of Mike Leigh’s epic and frighteningly relevant drama. Leigh’s rich characterisation and broad spectrum of characters make the inevitable climax all the more devastating – as does the film’s being rooted in a much-overlooked historical event that demonstrates how little we appear to learn from our mistakes.