Rousing, true story comedy-drama on the bitter 1984 Miners' strike in Margaret Thatcher's Britain, which fosters an unlikely union of solidarity between embattled mineworkers and the militant gay and lesbian community. Stars Bill Nighy, Dominic West and Imelda Staunton.... More
At the Gay Pride March in London '84, a group of gay and lesbian activists decide to raise money to support the families of the striking miners. Though the Union seems embarrassed to receive their support, the activists are not deterred. They decide to ignore the Union and go direct to the miners - setting off in a mini bus to the village in deepest Wales, to make their donation in person. So begins this true story of two seemingly alien communities who form a surprising partnership.Hide
BY Adam Fresco Flicks Writer
It ain’t easy to balance light comedy with heavy tragedy, but Pride pulls off that trick in fine style. Cut from the same kitchen sink comedy cloth as Brit hits The Full Monty, Billy Elliott, Brassed Off and Made in Dagenham, this is the based-on-a-true-story tale of the London lesbian, gay, bi and queer activists who raised money to help striking Welsh miners in the early 1980s. Cue much moving, and often hilarious, embarrassment as homophobic working class Welsh miners come to terms with accepting assistance from people whose sexuality gives them the willies.... More
Director Matthew Warchus steps nimbly from theatre into film with an assured debut, anchored by Stephen Beresford’s solid script and a top notch cast of Brit thesps, from Bill Nighy and Paddy Considine, to Dominic West and Imelda Staunton.
For a film that deals with prejudice, the onset of AIDS, the painful memories of miners’ strikes and Margaret Thatcher’s draconian anti-union stance, it’s a surprisingly fun affair. Moments of tear-jerking tragedy are finely balanced with giggles aplenty, beautifully photographed Welsh valleys, and sonorous male voice choirs. Things may get bleak, but in the fashion of mainstream crowd-pleasers, Pride never strays too far from that fabulously happy place at the rainbow’s end.
Uplifting, amusing, emotional and always entertaining, this is a film about the dangers of discrimination, the value of friendship, and the strength to be found in community. All in all, Pride is a picture to be proud of.Hide
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BY Owen4 wannabe
Saw it today and was amazed. I knew about the Miners' Strike, but not the gays supporting them. Ding, dong the witch is dead is all I can say about that b*tch for destroying working class aspirations, yet she was "Granville's" daughter herself.
I was singing along as well to the great songs.
BY Brendan3 superstar
This film covers comedy, drama and has a bittersweet ending but is a great film gets you thinking about a different time and place when to be gay was a struggle and the group in the film decide to help out another struggling group of coal miners with some surprising consequences.
Well acted and well worth a watch !!!
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