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PETERLOO (12A) – 2018 UK 154 min
Thursday 20 December 2018
NOTE EARLY (7.00) START OF EVENING SCREENING
Director: Mike Leigh
Stars: Rory Kinnear, Maxine Peake, Pearce Quigley
Manchester, 1819. As England recovers from the war with Napoleon, the poor are at the mercy of rich landowners, with prices kept artificially high by the Corn Laws. With hunger biting, angry working men start preaching suffrage and “one man one vote”, and unarmed civilians rally at Peters Field under the nervous eye of the authorities. Peake is on powerful form as a mother whose family are caught up in the melee, as the Peterloo massacre is reconstructed in forensic detail by masterly veteran director Leigh (Vera Drake, Mr Turner).