Peterloo will receive its UK premiere at HOME in Manchester as part of the 62nd BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express®.

Followed by a broadcast Q&A with Mike Leigh and members of the cast, this screening represents the first time the BFI London Film Festival has premiered a film outside of the capital.

Peterloo tells the true story 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.

Richly intelligent, passionate.
Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian
Perhaps the most visceral filmmaking Leigh has ever pulled off.

See the 62nd BFI London Film Festival events being held at Rich Mix here.