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UK, 2018, 154mins, Cert.12A

Film description

From legendary British filmmaker Mike Leigh comes the impassioned and urgent retelling of one of the most notorious episodes in British history.

The 1819 Peterloo Massacre saw British government forces charge into a crowd of over 60,000 peaceful pro-democracy protesters, who had gathered in Manchester to demand political reform and protest against rising levels of poverty. Many protesters were killed and hundreds more injured, sparking a nationwide outcry in one of the defining moments in British democracy.


This screening will be followed by a panel discussion, exploring the enduring legacy of the events in the film, and how they relate to issues of representation, democracy and the union movement today. 

Speakers include Pete Keal (Equity and the Trades Union Congress), Granville Williams (National Union of Journalists and Campaign for Press & Broadcasting Freedom) and Joanne Thomas (Union of Shop, Distributive & Allied Workers and Trades Union Congress) - in a discussion to be chaired by Laura Ager from Film Fringe.

The film will also receive a short introduction from historian Dr Simon Morgan, head of History at Leeds Beckett University.


All scheduled screenings have now passed.