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