Mike Leigh’s long awaited PETERLOO hits the screens across the UK today. The film is being seen as a rallying call for political activism in a time when democracy is in crisis all over the world.
An epic portrayal of the events surrounding the infamous 1819 Peterloo Massacre, where a peaceful pro-democracy rally at St Peter’s Field in Manchester turned into one of the bloodiest and most notorious episodes in British history. The massacre saw British government forces charge into a crowd of over 60,000 that had gathered to demand political reform and protest against rising levels of poverty. Many protestors 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 brought about the beginnings of the trade union movement and played a significant role in the founding of the Guardian newspaper.
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