Following the success of Mr. Turner (2014), Mike Leigh returns to a historical setting with this dramatisation of events surrounding the Peterloo Massacre of 1819. Taking the interest in class that has been common in his work to the fore, the film focuses on the emergence of the working class in Manchester, battling poverty and seeking fairer treatment in terms of pay and conditions as the gulf between them and their employers grows in the age of industrialisation. Although the film is characteristic of Leigh’s work with regard to its attention to detail and character, it is also perhaps his first epic.
There will be Open Captioned screenings at 18.00 on Monday 5th and at 13.00 on Tuesday 6th.
Notes by Kevin Coyne.