Mike Leigh goes to Peterloo
by Naman Ramachandran
- Film on Manchester massacre to begin filming in 2017
Veteran British director Mike Leigh’s next film is Peterloo, about the 1819 massacre by government forces at a peaceful pro-democracy rally at St Peter’s Field in Manchester, when 700 working people were injured, and 18 killed. The film will shoot in 2017. It is currently in development with Film4. Leigh will team again with his usual collaborators from Thin Man Films, including producer Georgina Lowe, cinematographer Dick Pope, executive producer Gail Egan and associate producer Helen Grearson.
Leigh said, “There has never been a feature film about the Peterloo massacre. 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 director is basking in the box office success of his last release Mr. Turner [+see also:
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