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Film Review Urgent messages from Peterloo 21 Oct 2018 12:47 #10648

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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2018
Film Review Urgent messages from Peterloo

Mike Leigh's stirring film on the 1819 massacre in Manchester has striking contemporary resonances, says PAUL FOLEY

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IT'S fitting that the British premiere of Mike Leigh’s epic film Peterloo should be screened in Manchester.

It was in the heart of the city on St Peter’s Fields on August 16 1819 that the ruling class sent in sabre-wielding troops to disperse a massive yet peaceful demonstration calling for social and political reform. By the end of the evening, at least 18 people were dead and many hundreds more injured. Coming four years after Wellington’s victory over Napoleon, it was dubbed the Peterloo Massacre.

It's fitting too that the venue chosen for the premiere should be Manchester’s contemporary arts centre HOME — standing proudly outside the front door is the large granite statue of the great supporter of workers’ freedom, Friedrich Engels.

Mike Leigh’s film follows the events leading up to the carnage. It opens with a lone bugle boy (David Moorst) stranded on the battlefield at Waterloo. Though disorientated and distressed by the mayhem all around him he survives and, in contrast to the £750,000 awarded to Wellington by a sycophantic Parliament, the boy has to make his own way home.

There's a different sort of mayhem back in England, a country where repressive laws and an increasingly corrupt government are prompting calls for reform. The boy’s mother Nellie, played by the great Maxine Peake, is delighted to have her son home again. He may be broken but he is alive. Yet despite her hatred for the tyrants that control their lives, she is sceptical about the possibility of reform.

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Film Review Urgent messages from Peterloo 21 Oct 2018 12:49 #10649

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a country where repressive laws and an increasingly corrupt government are prompting calls for reform. The boy’s mother Nellie, played by the great Maxine Peake, is delighted to have her son home again. He may be broken but he is alive. Yet despite her hatred for the tyrants that control their lives, she is sceptical about the possibility of reform.
Do you see a striking Similarity between the period in time this Movie was set (On True Events) and NOW ?
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I picked up a brief comment about this on the radio, not quite a review so I have been intrigued as this is from one of my favourite directors and actresses. Mr Turner was brilliant and I wondered what he would do after that. One thing Mike Leigh has always had in spades is timing. To be honest this one is long overdue. I love watching drama with Maxine Peak (wouldn't have expected to have liked Silk so much but she made that series what it was), I imagine they will make a great team. Looking forward to seeing the film.

I didn't know about the statue but do remember studying Engels and his report on housing conditions in that part of the world when I went back to school in my late twenties; 'Condition of the Working Class in England' I think the book was called and I got it dead cheap in a penguin edition. Fitting location indeed.
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