Mike Leigh’s four-decade career chronicling the lives of the British working class brings him all the way back to the Peterloo Massacre, an infamous cavalry charge by heavily-armed soldiers against pro-democracy protesters, often cited as the origins of the human rights movement, that took place in Leigh’s home city of Manchester in 1819. Fifteen people were killed in the bloody assault with many hundreds more injured, among them women and children. In staging such a...
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