Home, Manchester, will host the UK premiere of Mike Leigh’s Peterloo in October, with director Mike Leigh himself and members of the cast in attendance.  The premiere will be followed by a Q&A with the director.

The film tells the story of the Peterloo Massacre which took place 199 years ago today.  Produced by Thin Man Films, Peterloo stars Rory Kinnear, Maxine Peake, Neil Bell, Philip Jackson, Vincent Franklin, Karl Johnson and Tim McInnerny.

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.

The Peterloo Massacre was a defining moment in British democracy as British cavalry forces charged into a crowd of over 60,000 who had gathered to demand political reform and protest against poverty.  Many protesters were killed and hundreds more injured at St Peter’s Fields in Manchester.

Peterloo reunites Mike Leigh with his regular team of Oscar and BAFTA winners and nominees, including Dick Pope (cinematography), Suzie Davies (production design), Jacqueline Durran (costumes), Christine Blundell (hair and make-up), Jon Gregory (editing) and Gary Yershon (music).  Georgina Lowe produces for Thin Man Films, with Gail Egan serving as executive producer.

When does Peterloo premiere at Home Manchester?

Peterloo premieres at Home Manchester on Wednesday 17 October.  The film will also screen in London on Friday 19 October.

Still from Peterloo courtesy Simon Mein