Peterloo reunites the writer-director with his regular team of Oscar and BAFTA winners and nominees, headed by producer Georgina Lowe, and including Dick Pope (cinematography), Suzie Davies (production design), Jacqueline Durran (costumes), Christine Blundell (hair and make-up), Jon Gregory (editing) and Gary Yershon (music). Gail Egan is executive producer.
A drama based on events surrounding the infamous 1819 Peterloo Massacre, where British forces fired on a peaceful pro-democracy rally at St Peter’s Field in Manchester.
The notorious massacre saw British government forces charge into a crowd of 60,000 that had to demand political reform. The forces killed an estimated 18 protestors and injured hundreds, sparking outcry but also further government crackdowns.
This was a defining moment in radical British history which also played a significant role in the founding of the UK’s left-wing broadsheet newspaper The Guardian.
“There has never been a feature film about the Peterloo Massacre. The universal significance of this historic event becomes ever more relevant in our own turbulent times.” Mike Leigh.
Two of our recent Makeup school graduates will join Christine on set as “Peterloo” Makeup trainees. Watch Christine prep for the film!