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  • Director

    Mike Leigh

  • Starring

    Rory Kinnear, Maxine Peake, Pearce Quigley, Rachel Finnegan, David Moorst, Tom Meredith, Simona Bitmate

  • Run Time

    155 mins

  • Release Year

    2018

  • Country of Origin

    UK

  • Certificate

    12A

  • Language

    English

  • Format

    Digital

Peterloo

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Mike Leigh (Another Year, Mr Turner) directs this much-anticipated drama based on events surrounding the infamous 1819 Peterloo Massacre, where British forces fired on a peaceful pro-democracy rally at St Peter's Field in Manchester.

The notorious incident saw British government forces charge into a crowd of 60,000 that had demanded political reform. The forces killed an estimated 18 protesters and injured hundreds, sparking outcry but also further government crackdowns. It proved to be a defining moment in radical British history, which also played a significant role in the founding of the UK's left-wing broadsheet newspaper The Guardian.

The screening on Thursday 25 October will be followed by a Q&A with director Mike Leigh, hosted by Edinburgh International Film Festival’s Deputy Artistic Director, Diane Henderson. 



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