Peterloo trailer: Mike Leigh returns with his biggest production yet

It's been four years since the release of Mike Leigh's acclaimed Mr.Turner and eOne UK have just released the first trailer for his new film, Peterloo. It looks like one of the biggest productions Leigh has been involved with to date, a far cry away from the usual small scale character-led dramas that have been his forte across his 30 years of filmmaking. Watch the trailer for Peterloo above to see what you think.

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 also played a significant role in the founding of The Guardian newspaper.

Leigh writes and directs as always, with the cast featuring Rory Kinnear, Maxine Peake, Neil Bell, Pearce Quigley, Rachel Finnegan and Tom Meredith.

Peterloo marches onto UK screens on November 2nd 2018.

Last updated: 24/07/2018 14:53:14

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