Preview, It’s Business and Government and the Army vs working people at “Peterloo”

Mike Leigh’s take on the 19th century British political revolt that was crushed by armed force — a pro-democracy demonstration broken up with a massacre — comes our way Nov. 9.

It was “The Peterloo Massacre,” which wikipedia files under “battle” for some ridiculous reason. It happened in Manchester in 1819, when the 99 percent of their day gathered to demand representative democracy in a Britain still under the thumb of capricious, inbred royals and the aristocrats of the House of Lords.

Rory Kinnear plays the Patrick Henry of northern England, Henry Hunt, with Maxine Peake, Tim McInerny, Alistair Mackenzie and a few other notable names playing the luminaries of the day.

 

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