‘Peterloo’ Filmed in Yorkshire

‘Peterloo’ Filmed in Yorkshire

The latest feature film from legendary British director Mike Leigh (Secrets and Lies, Mr Turner, Naked) is in cinemas now. Peterloo, an epic portrayal of the events surrounding the infamous 1819 Peterloo Massacre, where a peaceful pro-democracy rally at St Peter’s Field in Manchester turned into one of the bloodiest and most notorious episodes in British history. Peterloo filmed partly in Calderdale, West Yorkshire, at Heptonstall and Gibson Mill, Hardcastle Crags and Shibden Hall with support from Calderdale Council. Other filming locations include Manchester, Gainsborough, Chester, Kent, Essex, Chatham and Lincoln

The massacre saw British government forces charge into a crowd of over 60,000 that had gathered to demand political reform and protest against rising levels of poverty. Many protestors were killed and hundreds more injured, 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.


PETERLOO featuring Alicia Turner as Sarah and Maxine Peak as Nellie courtesy of Amazon Studios.

PETERLOO courtesy of Amazon Studios.

Peterloo stars Rory Kinnear as radical campaigner Henry Hunt, alongside Maxine Peake, Neil Bell, Philip Jackson, Vincent Franklin, Karl Johnson, Tim McInnerny. Written and directed by Mike Leigh, Peterloo is produced by Georgina Lowe for Thin Man Films.


The Guardian: Peterloo review – Mike Leigh’s impassioned, epic history lesson 

The Independent: Mike Leigh’s period drama has immediacy and a sense of anger

The Telegraph: Mike Leigh’s historical epic is rewarding – if unapologetically ambitious

Filming in Yorkshire?

At Screen Yorkshire our production liaison team is Chris Hordley and Richard Knight – both former location managers with 40 years combined experience working on some of the UK’s best known and high profile productions. They are on hand to offer on-the-ground expert advice and a one-stop-shop for all your filming needs.

  • Chris Hordley smiling to camera

    Chris Hordley, Production Liaison & Development

    Chris provides bespoke advice on regional locations, studios and facilities to UK and international production companies. With over 20 years combined industry and production liaison experience, Chris has secured and supported productions in Yorkshire & Humber including; Peaky Blinders, Happy Valley, Victoria, Ackley Bridge, God's Own Country, Paddington 2, and Transformers: The Last Knight.  He also supports Screen Yorkshire’s senior management team in building and maintaining relationships with key stakeholders.
  • Richard Knight, Production Liaison and Education

    Richard Knight, Career Support Manager

    Richard helps to find and develop Yorkshire’s industry talent of the future. He assists with the development and running of Screen Yorkshire’s training and education programmes including our nation-leading Connected Campus initiative. Having worked for 20 years in the industry throughout the UK on feature films, television dramas, music videos and commercials, Richard brings a wealth of knowledge to the role.