The dialogue is as vital as the grand set pieces in Mike Leigh’s austere retelling of the Peterloo Massacre. Though no one character dominates, performances from Brits Rory Kinnear, Maxine Peake and David Moorst are especially noteworthy. Produced by UK companies, BFI, Film4 and Thin Man Films, this intelligent and immersive work is one of the British director’s most breathtaking.
This gripping historical epic depicts the infamous Peterloo Massacre of 1819, when a peaceful pro-democracy protest at St. Peter’s Field in Manchester turned into a brutal and tragic event. The film explores the political and social unrest of the time, shedding light on the fight for reform, the struggle for workers' rights, and the clash between the working class and the ruling elite.