Peterloo is a historical drama directed and written by Mike Leigh. It is based on the Peterloo Massacre of 1819. It was selected to be screened in the main competition section of the 75th Venice International Film Festival. The movie received its UK premiere on 17 October 2018, as part of the BFI London Film Festival, in Manchester. The screening marks the first time the festival has held a premiere outside London. Leigh said he was delighted that Peterloo would be premiered “where it happened.” The movie was released in the United Kingdom on 2 November 2018, by Entertainment One and will be released in the United States on 5 April 2019, by Amazon Studios. Set in 1819, British forces charge on a peaceful pro-democracy rally at St Peter’s Field in Manchester, England, which results in the Peterloo Massacre. Peterloo movie is about 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 protesters 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.