New Mike Leigh film Peterloo comes close but not here……?


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Ok  Monmouth is not far but why are our two independent cinemas in the Forest not sure if they are going to screen Mike Leigh’s new film about the struggles to win the vote for women whilst Savoy cinema in Monmouth has dates and times already advertised?

” We don’t really get an audience for that type of film” Studio Cinema

The film stars Maxine Peake- who made her name in Victoria Wood’s Dinnerladies, Rory Kinnear, Maxine Peake, Neil Bell, Philip Jackson, Vincent Franklin, Karl Johnson, Tim McInnerny and tell a true story base in the North of England

There has never been a feature film about the Peterloo Massacre,’ says Leigh. ‘The universal significance of this historic event becomes ever more relevant in our own turbulent times.’

Mike Leigh directs the story of the infamous 1819 massacre at a peaceful pro-democracy rally at St Peter’s Field in Manchester.

In 2016 ‘I Daniel Blake’ which won Cannes film festival highest award also had a battle to reach local screens

In the Forest we have two independent cinemas showing a range of different films but too often exactly the same films when they could be offering a wider choice and including some of the ‘other’ films from the Uk and around the world that sometimes get reviewed and shown in a few city venues but do not get to our rural screens…call them up ask when you can see ‘Peterloo’

2 comments on “New Mike Leigh film Peterloo comes close but not here……?”
  • It’s not as straight forward as that, unfortunately. For Cinderford’s Palace cinema, at least, its a question of the restrictions put on them by the film companies, as I found out when I asked why they only had ‘I, Daniel Blake’ for one showing.

    I messaged them on FB to ask if they’ll be showing ‘Peterloo’, and obviously they’re up against the same problem as they’ve just replied with this, “It’s tricky, there are so many films out at the moment and because we play them on release the film companies will insist that we do not show anyone elses film in the same screen, there may be a gap in december before the christmas films but I can’t guarantee anything”.

    ‘Peterloo’ film was advertised on TV last night I noticed, and I agree, it is an important and relevant piece of history, but what can a small independent rural cinema do when they’re up against the multiplexes and film giants, when they have to balance pleasing their audience against having enough people through the door to be able to afford to stay open?

    I guess the Monmouth Savoy must face similar issues as I notice they’re not showing ‘Peterloo’ until later in the month: perhaps it’s not considered to be a ‘new’ release by then. I don’t know. I have asked the Palace, though. Will wait to see what they say.

    Ultimately, though, I think your need to ask the question, says more about people’s film-watching habits and preferences, than it does about what films a cinema shows. The Studio’s answer to you is, I’d say, the uncomfortably cold truth of that.

  • A final thought on the Savoy screening ‘Peterloo’ – I did wonder if the fact that they are a charity, operated solely by unpaid volunteers has any bearing on their ability to screen it.

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