Magazine article Screen International

Mike Leigh's Next Film Revealed: 'Peterloo'

Magazine article Screen International

Mike Leigh's Next Film Revealed: 'Peterloo'

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Mr. Turner director Mike Leigh will return to the 19th century for his next film, currently titled Peterloo, a drama about the infamous Peterloo Massacre of 1819.

The BAFTA-winning writer-director, who also has seven Oscar nominations to his name, intends to shoot the film in 2017 and will re-team with DoP Dick Pope, who was Oscar-nominated for his camerawork on last year's Cannes Competition title Mr. Turner.

"There has never been a feature film about the Peterloo Massacre," Leigh said. "Apart from the universal political significance of this historic event, the story has a particular personal resonance for me, as a native of Manchester and Salford."

The notorious massacre, now widely taught in UK schools, saw British government forces charge into a crowd of 60,000 that had gathered in St Peter's Field in Manchester to demand political reform.

The forces killed an estimated 15 protestors and injured hundreds, sparking outcry but also further government crackdowns. …

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