Pride (2014)

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Pride (2014)
  • Time: 120 min
  • Genre: Comedy | Drama
  • Director: Matthew Warchus
  • Cast: Bill Nighy, Dominic West, Andrew Scott, Imelda Staunton

Storyline:

In 1984 20 year old closet gay Joe hesitantly arrives in London from Bromley for his first Gay Pride march and is taken under the collective wing of a group of gay men and Lesbian Steph, who meet at flamboyant Jonathan and his Welsh partner Gethin’s Soho bookshop. Not only are gays being threatened by Thatcher but the miners are on strike in response to her pit closures and Northern Irish activist Mark Ashton believes gays and miners should show solidarity. Almost by accident a mini-bus full of gays find themselves in the Welsh village of Onllwyn in the Dulais valley and through their sincere fund raising and Jonathan’s nifty disco moves persuade most of the community that they are on the same side. When a bigot tries to sabotage the partnership with a tabloid smear Mark turns it back on her with a hugely successful benefit concert to which most of the villagers, now thoroughly in tune with their gay friends, turn up. The miners are defeated and return to work but at the Pride march the following year a vast contingent of miners show up to repay their comrades with their show of support.

One review

  • Befittingly openhearted and irresistibly pleasing, Pride depicts the unlikely alliance between the workers and families involved in the 1984 miners’ strike and the little-remembered LGSM (Lesbian and Gays Support the Miners), who were one of their biggest fundraisers.

    The film opens in June 1984 on the day of the Gay Pride March in London. By this time, the strike had entered its 4th month with the government moving ahead to close 20 pits at the cost of over 20,000 jobs lost. Then Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was holding fast to her position as a good, firm leader who would not be swayed by the strikers. Northern Irishman and gay activist Mark Ashton (Ben Schnetzer) feels a kinship with the embattled blue-collar labourers who, much like the gay and lesbian community, have been disenfranchised by the conservative government.

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