|Sun 23rd Dec||7.30pm A/D|
|Thurs 27th Dec||7.30pm A/D|
Dir: Mike Leigh | UK | 2018 | 154 mins
Cast: Rory Kinnear, Maxine Peake, Pearce Quigley, David Moorst
Mike Leigh orchestrates a superb ensemble cast including Rory Kinnear and Maxine Peake in this rousing, sweeping tale of a defining moment in British democracy: the infamous Peterloo Massacre of 1819. Returning from the battle of Waterloo, shell-shocked soldiers find their hometowns ravaged by the gentry. A peaceful protest march is arranged, where radical orator Henry Hunt (Kinnear) will speak, but as the day approaches the situation becomes dangerously volatile… Weaving class consciousness, family dynamics, hypocrisy, humanism and the stories of everyday people into a socialist tapestry, Leigh depicts an historic act of state brutality with huge contemporary relevance.
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