The BFI-backed film, shot on 35mm, premiered at the 2019 London Film Festival after spending three years in post-production.
An event like the Peterloo massacre, which killed an estimated 15 people 199 years ago, could happen again today, the actor Maxine Peake has said, speaking following a rally to mark the event’s anniversary. On 16 August 1819, cavalry charged into a crowd of about 60,000 people who had gathered at St Peter’s Field, Manchester, to demand the reform of parliamentary representation. “We’re in a very dangerous place politically at the moment and protest is really important.
MPs and celebrities, including ‘Wolf Hall’ star Mark Rylance and ‘The Walking Dead’ actor David Morrissey, have rallied to the cause of Shaker Aamer, the last British prisoner to be held at Guantanamo Bay. Mr Aamer, who was born in Saudi Arabian but has UK residency, has been imprisoned in the US military prison on Cuba for 14 years without charge or trial and was promised a release “imminently” on 25 September. Since this release has failed to materialise, Aamer has gone on hunger strike telling the Mail on Sunday that he’s “still being subjected to brutal physical abuse”. The campaign ‘Fast For Shaker’, launched by the founders of ‘We Stand With Shaker’, is asking for people wishing to show their solidarity for the father of four, to embark on a 24 hour hunger strike starting on Thursday 15 October.