Mike Leigh charts the events that saw a peaceful pro-democracy rally in Manchester turn into the Peterloo Massacre – 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 protesters 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, and one that Leigh’s brilliant directing turns into a powerful reminder for today’s world.

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