Mike Leigh explains why his historical epic, Peterloo, still resonates today

Mike Leigh explains why his historical epic, Peterloo, still resonates today

The 1819 Peterloo Massacre was one of the most violent events in British history. Leigh’s new film displays a fight for democracy that remains an ongoing battle.

Starring

Rory Kinnear, Maxine Peake, Neil Bell 

Director

Mike Leigh

Release date

May 17, 2019

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Historical films often remind us of how much or how little things have changed. Acclaimed director Mike Leigh has chosen an interesting time to tell the story of the Peterloo Massacre, in which a peaceful protest for democracy led by activist Henry Hunt was attacked, leaving hundreds injured and many dead.

We spoke to Leigh about the research that went into depicting this event, and why he thinks audiences should be aware of this moment in history. Watch the video and see Peterloo in select Cineplex theatres starting on May 17.

Peterloo depicts an important moment in history.

This film’s lesson is more important than ever, and it’s a story that will inform and remind us of what can happen when rights are taken away from a society. Peterloo is a bold and sprawling film with an important and terrifying message.

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