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Film crews at Chester Cathedral to shoot Mike Leigh movie

Abbey Square has been cleared to make way for a movie set

Scenes for a new Mike Leigh film are being shot at Chester Cathedral

Spot the cameras fixed at Chester Cathedral today?

Filming began in the city centre for a new movie Peterloo from Oscar-nominated director Mike Leigh on Friday (June 16).

It is a period drama about the Peterloo Massacre.

Equipment was being set up outside Chester's famous cathedral on Friday morning.

Abbey Square has been cleared of cars for obvious reasons.

Scenes for a new Mike Leigh film are being shot at Chester Cathedral Staff images

Pictures show cherry pickers being used to get the lighting setups into position.

Leigh's other notable films include Life Is Sweet, Naked and Secrets & Lies.

A casting call for extras to play a 'variety of characters' in the film was sent out last month.

Filming began in Chester city centre for new movie Peterloo from Oscar-nominated director Mike Leigh on Friday (June 16). Picture by Chester's Biggest Community Noticeboard(Image: Chester's Biggest Community Noticeboard)

 

Scenes for the movie will also be shot in places including Burnley, Lincoln and Luton. With financial backing from Amazon Studios, it is likely to be released in 2018.

The 1819 Peterloo Massacre saw 15 people killed and hundreds injured when cavalry charged into a crowd of more than 60,000 protesters in St Peter’s Field in Manchester.

They had gathered to demonstrate for parliamentary representation reform across the north of England.

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