A scene from "Peterloo."
Photo courtesy of the Venice Film Festival
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British director Mike Leigh first turned his hand to historical drama with "Mr.Leigh believes his latest film holds lessons for the present day in everything from austerity and apathy to authoritarianism and Brexit. "Peterloo" depicts the deadly and tumultuous 1819 assault on pro-democracy protesters at St. Peter's Field in Manchester and the filmmaker believes it remains relevant in our "worrying times". Leigh is eager for audiences to make their own minds up on the lessons to be learned from the drama."Peterloo" is the most expensive film the five-time Oscar contender has ever made.The film culminates in the Peterloo massacre named after the bloody Battle of Waterloo four years earlier when troops on horseback charged into crowds of at least 60,000 people, killing 15 and injuring hundreds.
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