Legendary filmmaker Mike Leigh delivers his largest and most ambitious film to date, with this exhaustively detailed depiction of the 1819 Peterloo massacre. Called one of the defining moments of its age, the Peterloo massacre found tens of thousands of unarmed pro-democracy protesters violently charged by the army.
Leigh’s account of the event is handsomely mounted, presenting a large and detailed canvas that carefully establishes its historical context before immersing the viewer into a passionate and gripping recreation of that fateful day. Peterloo is both austere and visceral, a vital period film with compelling relevance to today’s divisive political climate.
“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” Daily Telegraph
Awards/Notable Mentions: Venice Film Festival (Official Competition), Toronto Film Festival, London Film Festival