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Peterloo

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Director: Mike Leigh

Starring: Rory Kinnear, David Bamber, Alastair Mackenzie, Eileen Davies, Liam Gerrard, Bronwyn James, Nico Mirallegro, Pearce Quigley, Tim McInnerny and Maxine Peake

Rating: 12A

United Kingdom 2018, 154mins

Mike Leigh (Vera Drake, Mr Turner) returns with another vital take on British history. Leigh marks the 200th anniversary of the 1819 Peterloo Massacre where British forces attacked a peaceful pro-democracy rally in Manchester.

On 16 August 1819, a crowd of some 60,000 people from Manchester and surrounding towns gathered to demand Parliamentary reform and an extension of voting rights. In an attempt to arrest a leader of the meeting, the armed government militias panicked and charged upon the crowd. The toll of casualties has always been disputed, but as many as 15 people were killed and up to 700 wounded. 200 years on, a fine cast assemble for a never more timely recreation of those events.

Did you know? The speech delivered by Rory Kinnear as Henry Hunt in London, was filmed in Gainsborough Old Hall, Lincolnshire, and was written by Kinnear himself.