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Venezia 75 Competition

Mike Leigh
Thin Man Films (Geogina Lowe), Amazon Studios, Film 4, BFI, Lipsync
Running Time:
United Kingdom, USA
Main Cast:
Rory Kinnear, Maxine Peake, Pearce Quigley, David Moorst, Rachel Finnegan, Tom Meredith
Mike Leigh
Dick Pope
Jon Gregory
Production Designer:
Suzie Davies
Costume Designer:
Jacqueline Durran
Gary Yershon
Rob Ireland, Tim Fraser
Visual Effects:
Elements FX (Johnny Rafique, Nick Rideout)


An epic portrayal of the events surrounding the infamous 1819 Peterloo Massacre, where a peaceful pro-democracy rally at St Peter’s Field in Manchester turned into one of the bloodiest and most notorious episodes in British history.
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.

Director’s Statement

The strengths and weaknesses of humanity. The eternal struggle of love, care, integrity and commitment against power, corruption, greed and cynicism. If only the fights for true democracy two centuries ago were lost in remote antiquity. But the Manchester massacre, a seminal event in the history of universal liberty, resonates on endless levels with our chaotic 21st-century world. Peterloo is a celebration of the power of hope, and a lamentation on man’s inexhaustible capacity to destroy.


PRODUCTION 1: Thin Man Films
9 Greek Street
W1D 4DQ – London, United Kingdom
Tel. +44 (0) 207 734 7372

OTHER COPRODUCTIONS: Amazon Studios, Film4, BFI, Lipsync

WORLD SALES: Alison Thompson - Cornerstone Films
c/o WeWork
1 Fore Street
London, EC2Y 5EJ
Tel. +44 2034577257

ITALIAN DISTRIBUTION: Alessandro Giacobbe - Academy Two
Via Pammatone, 2
16121 – Genova, Italy
Tel. +39 068416488

PRESS OFFICE: Jonathan Rutter - Premier
4 Bucknall Street, London
WC2H 8LA – United Kingdom
Tel. +44 207292 8330

ITALIAN PRESS OFFICE: Paola Leonardi - Academy Two
Via Monte Zebio 9
00195 – Rome, Italy
Tel. +39 068416488

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