Mike Leigh announces the subject of his new film

The veteran British filmmaker looks set to get political with his latest project.

Almost a year on from the world premiere of Mike Leigh’s masterful Mr Turner, the revered British writer/director has announced the subject of his next feature-length project.

Leigh’s as-yet-untitled film will look at the infamous Peterloo Massace that took place on 16 August, 1819, in which 18 working people were killed and a further 700 injured at the hands of government forces during a peaceful pro-democracy rally at St Peter’s Field in Manchester. Shooting in 2017, the film will reunite Leigh with producer Georgina Lowe and cinematographer Dick Pope.

Of the project, Leigh has 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.”

‘Peterloo’ will be Leigh’s fourth period feature, following Topsy-Turvy, Vera Drake and Mr Turner, and promises to be another serious passion project from the 72 year old. Get those bets in early for the 2018 awards season.

Published 17 Apr 2015

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