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Mike Leigh’s Peterloo will premiere in UK at 62nd BFI London Film Festival, live from HOME in Manchester, on Wednesday October 17 –  the first time the BFI London Film Festival has premiered a film outside of the capital.

Peterloo tells the story of the Peterloo massacre, which took place 199 years ago today, on August 16, 1819, and stars Rory Kinnear, Maxine Peake, Neil Bell, Philip Jackson, Vincent Franklin, Karl Johnson and Tim McInnerny.

Written and directed by Mike Leigh, Peterloo is 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 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.

Peterloo reunites Mike Leigh with his regular team of Oscar® and BAFTA winners and nominees, including Dick Pope (cinematography), Suzie Davies (production design), Jacqueline Durran (costumes), Christine Blundell (hair and make-up), Jon Gregory (editing) and Gary Yershon (music). Georgina Lowe produces for Thin Man Films, with Gail Egan serving as executive producer.

Mike Leigh, Director of Peterloo says: “It’s always an honor to be included in the glorious London Film Festival, but how inspired and generous of the Festival to screen Peterloo in Manchester, where it all happened! I’m truly delighted!”

eOne will release Peterloo in cinemas across the UK on November 2nd, 2018.

The 62nd BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express takes place from Wednesday October 10 to Sunday October 21 2018.

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