Virtual PETERLOO

Mike Leigh / 154 mins / 2018 (UK)

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⋆⋆⋆⋆⋆ "A biting sense of topicality pervades this passionate account of the murders of protesters at a mass pro-democracy protest in Manchester in 1819"

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

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