Mike Leigh

United Kingdom, 2018 / 154 min / English OV with French & Dutch subt. (EN OV with FR & NL subt.) / Drama, History

Director Mike Leigh will introduce this screening of Peterloo

An epic portrayal of the events surrounding the infamous 1819 Peterloo Massacre, where a peaceful pro-democracy rally at St Peter’s Field in Manchester turned into one of the bloodiest and most notorious episodes in British history. The massacre saw British government forces charge into a crowd of over 60,000 that had gathered to demand political reform and protest against rising levels of poverty. Many protestors were killed and hundreds more injured, sparking a nationwide outcry but also further government suppression. The Peterloo Massacre was a defining moment in British democracy which also played a significant role in the founding of The Guardian newspaper.

Warm, funny and incendiary, this is a major work of cinema.” Kate Taylor, BFI London Film Festival, 2018

Sun 17/03 15:30 Cinémathèque EN OV with FR & NL subt

“Mike Leigh brings an overwhelming simplicity and severity to this historical epic, which begins with rhetoric and ends in violence. There is force, grit and, above all, a sense of purpose; a sense that the story he has to tell is important and real, and that it needs to be heard right now.” Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 1/09/2018

“Leigh’s achievement is to have made a period film with the same immediacy and sense of anger that runs through contemporary dramas like Hillsborough or Bloody Sunday.” Geoffrey McNab, The Independent, 4/09/2018

“In Peterloo, director Mike Leigh is working at the pinnacle of his powers, gloriously drawing together so many of his preoccupations: class consciousness, family dynamics, hypocrisy, humanism and the foibles of the male ego…Warm, funny and incendiary, this is a major work of cinema.” Kate Taylor, BFI London Film Festival, 2018

  • FIPRESCI Prize for Dick Pope, Camerimage, 2018 (Poland)
  • Human Rights Film Network Award - Special Mention, Venice Film Festival, 2018 (Italy)
Cast & Credits
Rory Kinnear, Maxine Peake, Neil Bell, Pearce Quigley, David Moorst, Rachel Finnegan, Tom Meredith, Simona Bitmate, Robert Wilfort, Karl Johnson, Sam Troughton, Roger Sloman
Mike Leigh
Dick Pope
Lee Herrick
Suzie Davies
Gary Yershon
Thin Man Films, Film 4
Paradiso Entertainment

Born in Salford, Manchester, in 1943, Mike Leigh has developed a unique method of creating films through controlled improvisation and is one of the figureheads of European social realism. He trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, Camberwell, Central Art School in London and at the London Film School, of which he was Chairman until 2018. After his debut Bleak Moments (1971) he made a succession of admired TV plays, including Abigail's Party (1977) and Nuts in May (1976). He then returned to feature films with the social satire High Hopes (1988), Life is Sweet (1990) and Naked (1993). Secrets & Lies won the Palme d'Or at Cannes in 1996. Topsy-Turvy (1999) won two Oscars. All or Nothing followed in 2002. Since then he has made the Oscar-nominated Vera Drake (2004), which won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival, Happy-Go-Lucky (2008), Another Year (2010), Mr Turner (2014) and Peterloo (2018). In 1993, Mike Leigh became an Officer of the Order of the British Empire”.

  • 2018 – Peterloo
  • 2014 – Mr. Turner
  • 2012 – A Running Jump (court-métrage / short / Kurzfilm)
  • 2010 – Another Year
  • 2008 – Happy-Go-Lucky
  • 2004 – Vera Drake
  • 2002 – All or Nothing
  • 1999 – Topsy-Turvy
  • 1997 – Career Girls
  • 1996 – Secrets & Lies
  • 1993 – Naked
  • 1992 – A Sense of History (court-métrage / short / Kurzfilm)
  • 1990 – Life Is Sweet
  • 1987 – The Short & Curlies (court-métrage / short / Kurzfilm)
  • 1988 – High Hopes
  • 1984 – Four Days in July
  • 1984 – Meantime
  • 1982 – Five-Minute Films (5 épisodes de la série TV / 5 episodes of the TV series / 5 Folgen der Fernsehserie)
  • 1973-1982 Play for Today (6 épisodes de la série TV / 6 episodes of the TV series / 6 Folgen der Fernsehserie)
  • 1980 – BBC2 Playhouse: Grown-Ups (1 épisode de la série TV / 1 episode of the TV Series / 1 Folge der Fernsehserie)
  • 1975-1976 – Second City Firsts (2 épisodes de la série TV / 2 episodes of the TV series / 2 Folgen der Fernsehserie)
  • 1973 – Scene: A Mug’s Game (1 épisode de la série documentaire / 1 episode of the documentary TV series / 1 Folge der Dokumentarfernsehserie)
  • 1971 – Bleak Moments