Mike Leigh’s next project will look at Peterloo – the infamous 1819 massacre by government forces at a peaceful pro-democracy rally at St Peter’s Field in Manchester, when 700 working people were injured, and 18 killed.
The film, which will shoot in 2017, will reunite the writer-director with his regular team of collaborators from Thin Man Films, headed by producer Georgina Lowe and cinematographer Dick Pope, recent BAFTA and Oscar nominee for Leigh’s Mr. Turner.
‘There has never been a feature film about the Peterloo Massacre,’ says Leigh. ‘Apart from the universal political significance of this historic event, the story has a particular personal resonance for me, as a native of Manchester and Salford.’
Peterloo will be Mike Leigh’s fourth period feature, following the award-winning Topsy-Turvy and Vera Drake, and, most recently, Mr. Turner, recipient of four Oscar nominations and four BAFTA nominations. Mr. Turner is also Leigh’s biggest box-office hit yet, having so far grossed £6.8 million in its home territory. Peterloo is currently in development with Film4.
Joining Mike Leigh and Georgina Lowe once again will be Executive Producer Gail Egan. Helen Grearson will be Associate Producer. Leigh is currently rehearsing The Pirates Of Penzance for the English National Opera. The production opens on May 9th at London’s Coliseum Theatre.