This is a long film. This can be forgiven for a film that has both historical significance and contemporary relevance. However, for this film the balance of the story is wrong: there is too much time on the context of the massacre, and not enough time on afterwards. What would I cut - some of the musical preparations. The audience does not need to see so much music practice on the moors. What would I add: more funerals, perhaps a sequence where they blend into each other, scenes showing what little effect the massacre had. In terms of acting and production values there is little to criticise, though some of the distant backdrops could be spotted. My overall feeling is that the story needs telling, but that this rendition risks losing a significant part of its audience, and thus the message.
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The story of the 1819 Peterloo Massacre where British forces attacked a peaceful pro-democracy rally in Manchester.
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March 31, 2019