2018, Amazon Studios, 154 min, UK, Dir: Mike Leigh

In his newest film, Mike Leigh returns to the realm of historical drama that he explored with MR. TURNER, here commemorating the 200th anniversary of the Peterloo Massacre in Manchester, England. Though not well-known in the U.S., this 1819 protest against Parliament met with an unexpectedly violent response from a military terrified of domestic revolution, and its chaotic climax led to wide-ranging reform within both the electoral system and modern British journalism. PETERLOO achieves breathtaking scope while preserving meticulous attention to period detail, and Leigh commands his massive crowd of extras just as deftly as he handles the remarkable ensemble cast led by Maxine Peake, Rory Kinnear and David Moorst.

2012, BBC, 140 min, UK, Dir: Rupert Goold

Produced for the BBC as part of its series of Shakespeare’s history plays dubbed “The Hollow Crown,” this engrossing drama stars Ben Whishaw in a BAFTA Award-winning turn as the 14th century British monarch, whose reign ended at the hands of Henry Bolingbroke (Rory Kinnear) - who then became King Henry IV. Patrick Stewart costars as Henry’s father, John of Gaunt.

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