Saturday, April 20, 2024

Film Peterloo Massacre was shot at Tilbury Fort

VETERAN filmmaker Mike Leigh shot key scenes for his period film Peterloo on location at Tilbury Fort.

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Leigh’s film charts events leading up to the infamous Peterloo Massacre of 1819 where British government forces charged a peaceful protest of more than 60,000 people at St Peter’s Field in Manchester, causing death and injury.

Henry Woolley worked with Leigh as supervising location manager on Peterloo, building on a working relationship with the director that has included locations for Mr Turner, Another Year, Vera Drake and All or Nothing.

“We started scouting locations for Peterloo in January and began a 15-week shoot in around May,” Woolley tells KFTV.

The massacre itself was staged at Tilbury Fort, an historic structure built in the 16th century by King Henry VIII.

“Tilbury offered a controlled space for the five weeks we needed to shoot the massacre,” said Woolley in comments to KFTV. “It’s very tricky to get that level of control and we also needed a significant set build.”


  1. Nothing changes, we just get massacred by successive budgets nowadays.

    That said I don’t think we have enough Police or Armed forces to carry out such an act these days.


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