British historical drama following the events which culminated in the
Peterloo massacre at St. Peter's Field, Manchester in 1819. As the
Napoleonic Wars reached an end, political unrest struck the nation as
ongoing stretches of famine, unemployment and the introduction of the
Corn Laws began to stir the working classes.
A demonstration took place on 16th August led by Henry Hunt (Rory Kinnear) with the intention to challenge the government and propose parliamentary reform. Their hopes were soon diminished, however, when a cavalry charged in to the massive crowd, causing the situation to turn deadly. Directed by Mike Leigh.
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