During August 1819 in Manchester, a peaceful protest of tens of thousands seeking parliamentary reform was shut down by the British calvary at St. Peter’s Field. Dubbed Peterloo, the massacre saw 700 working people injured and 18 killed.
That’s the subject of director Mike Leigh’s next film, which will shoot in 2017 in collaboration with Thin Man Films and producer Georgina Lowe, who has worked with Mike Leigh since 1993’s “Naked.” Leigh’s Oscar-nominated “Mr. Turner” cinematographer Dick Pope also returns. A native of Manchester and Salford, Leigh will be the first director to put this story to film. This marks his fourth period feature after “Topsy-Turvy” and “Vera Drake,” both co-produced by Lowe, and “Mr. Turner,” Leigh’s biggest box office success overseas.
Joining Leigh, who is currently rehearsing “Pirates of Penzance” for the English National Opera, and Lowe once again will be Executive Producer Gail Egan. Helen Grearson will be Associate Producer.
From “Naked” to “Secrets & Lies,” Leigh has long advocated (and preferred to use) celluloid as his canvas. But, along with cinematographer Dick Pope, he chose to shoot the gloriously beautiful, celluloid-seeming “Mr. Turner” digitally. Will they go this route once more?
Ryan Lattanzio is a staff writer for TOH at Indiewire. Follow him on Twitter.