Multi-Oscar nominee Mike Leigh (Another Year) writes and directs this story on the 1819 Peterloo Massacre, where a peaceful pro-democracy rally turned violent when British forces stormed through the crowds.

"The massacre saw British government forces charge into a crowd of over 60,000 that had gathered to demand political reforms 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 which also played a significant role in the founding of The Guardian newspaper." (Venice Film Festival)


Directed by

  • Mike Leigh('Mr. Turner', 'Another Year', 'Happy-Go-Lucky')

Written by

Drama, Historical


Rating: M Mature themes and violence


The Guardian


With this richly intelligent, passionate movie Mike Leigh has fought a brilliant rearguard action on history's political battlefield.

The Telegraph (UK)


There is a danger of filing Peterloo away as an "important film" - but it is also a complex, rousing and rewarding one for anyone prepared to meet it on its own unapologetically ambitious terms.

Variety (USA)


It's a stately, explicitly rhetorical paean to the people - setting the past in stone while also lashing out at a present-day political order.

Screen International


This magnificently-realised film moves from feeling like a long, dry history lesson to becoming an angrily-direct and emotional tribute to the reformers of the past.

TimeOut (London)


The authenticity is immersive, even if the historical exposition occasionally feels like prep for an exam no one's warned you about.

The Times (UK)


There exists a cavernous gap between a powerful idea and a great movie, and it's where you will find this latest ambitious, if flawed, Mike Leigh project.



Those with the patience and attention span are rewarded; the last 30 minutes is perhaps the most visceral filmmaking Leigh has ever pulled off...



Peterloo is purest Mike Leigh in the best sense.