Peterloo – Exclusive Preview
The 62nd BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express® presents the UK premiere of Mike Leigh’s Peterloo live from HOME in Manchester, simulcast to cinemas around the UK.
Peterloo tells the story of the Peterloo massacre, which took place on 16 August 1819. The film stars Rory Kinnear, Maxine Peake, Neil Bell, Philip Jackson, Vincent Franklin, Karl Johnson and Tim McInnerny.
Written and directed by Mike Leigh, Peterloo is 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.
This screening, followed by a satellite Q&A with Mike Leigh and members of the cast, represents the first time the BFI London Film Festival has premiered a film outside of the capital.
Please note: the film will start promptly at 6.45pm. Total event duration: 3 hrs 15 mins approx.
Peterloo is released on Fri 2 Nov. Special thanks to Entertainment One.
Dir: Mike Leigh, UK, 2018, 154 min., 12A