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Peterloo massacre film shot in Lincoln released this autumn

Uphill Lincoln used as set for historical drama

The Peterloo massacre film that was shot in Lincoln last summer will hit the big screens across the UK on November 2, 2018, and the following week it will also premiere in the US.

Film crews took over the Bailgate in Lincoln in early July 2017 with cast of more than 100 actors, including Maxine Peake — the British stage and screen star whose credits include The Theory of Everything, Silk, and BBC series Three Girls.

Filming also took place at Gainsborough Old Hall last summer.

Promotional poster art for the Peterloo film. Image: Amazon Studios/Cornerstone Films

In the Amazon Studios motion picture, Oscar-nominated filmmaker Mike Leigh portrays one of the bloodiest episodes in British history, the infamous Peterloo Massacre of 1819, where government-backed cavalry charged into a peaceful crowd that gathered in Manchester to demand democratic reform.

Some 15 people died and between 400 and 700 were left injured after cavalry charged at over 60,000 protestors, 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.

Director Mike Leigh filming in Uphill Lincoln. Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Actors and extras filming Peterloo in Lincoln in July 2017. Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

More than 100 actors and extras were involved. Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Many of the extras responded to a local casting call. Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Lincoln was a great set for the historic drama from 1819. Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Actors on set at Gainsborough Old Hall also used for the Peterloo film.

Next year, another film shot in Lincoln this summer will debut — The King.

Set to be released in 2019, the film stars Oscar-nominated Timothee Chalamet, Joel Edgerton, Lily-Rose Depp and Robert Pattinson.

The period drama is directed by David Michôd and Brad Pitt is listed as one of the producers.