The film artwork was unveiled in the centre of Manchester yesterday by actress Christine Bottomley, in collaboration with the Peterloo Memorial Campaign to mark the 199th anniversary of the event. The unveiling took place outside the Manchester Central Convention Complex, the present-day site of the Peterloo massacre.
PETERLOO will receive its UK premiere at the 62nd BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express® at HOME in Manchester followed by a Q&A, simulcast to cinemas around the UK, on Wednesday 17 October. The premiere will be attended by Mike Leigh and members of the cast.
The screening represents the first time the BFI London Film Festival has premiered a film outside of the capital, offering audiences in Manchester and nationwide the opportunity to preview a major release with Manchester’s history at its forefront. On Friday 19th October the film will also screen in London, with a Q+A afterwards with Mike Leigh.
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.