To commemorate the 199th anniversary of the 1819 Peterloo Massacre, Amazon Studios has unveiled the official Peterloo poster and a never-before-seen clip. If you missed the teaser trailer, you can still watch it by clicking here.
In the film, internationally acclaimed and Oscar-nominated filmmaker Mike Leigh portrays one of the bloodiest episodes in British history, the infamous Peterloo Massacre of 1819, where government-backed cavalry charged into a peaceful crowd of 80,000 that gathered in Manchester, England to demand democratic reform.
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 that came to be known as the 1819 Peterloo Massacre.
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, which also played a significant role in the founding of The Guardian newspaper.
The PG-13 film stars Rory Kinnear, Maxine Peake, Neil Bell, Philip Jackson, Vincent Franklin, Karl Johnson, and Tim McInnerny. Georgina Lowe produced Peterloo.
Mike Leigh’s credits include such films as Life is Sweet, Career Girls, Topsy-Turvy, All or Nothing, Naked, Secrets & Lies, Vera Drake, and Mr. Turner.
Peterloo will be opening in theaters on November 9.