AFM: First look at Mike Leigh’s 'Peterloo' (exclusive)

By Wendy Mitchell | Screen

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Screen can reveal this exclusive first look of Mike Leigh’s Peterloo, now in post production.

Speaker Henry Hunt (Rory Kinnear) addresses the crowd of reformers as they gather at St. Peter’s Field ahead of the traumatic events of 1819, when British forces attacked a peaceful pro-democracy rally in Manchester, killing at least 15 people.

The ensemble cast also includes David Bamber, Maxine Peake, Nico Mirallegro and Eileen Davies.

Cornerstone Films is handling international sales.

Amazon Studios is financing worldwide rights and handling US distribution on the film, produced by Thin Man Films. Georgina Lowe produces with Gail Egan as executive producer.

Additional financing comes from Film4, which backed development, along with the BFI and Lipsync.

The crew includes Leigh’s usual collaborators DoP Dick Pope, production designer Suzie Davies, costumer designer Jacqueline Durran, and editor Jon Gregory.