The One With Pride – A Feel-Good Movie Where Miners & Gay Activists Unite

Pride is a below-the-radar UK film exploring an interesting period in the 1980s: A group of London gay activists, in an unusual display of solidarity, supported miners on strike in small Welsh town by collecting donations and organising the “Pits and Perverts” fundraising concert (talk about reality being stranger than fiction).

Pride Movie Review

“Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners” (LGSM) felt a kinship with the miners, who were also a marginalised minority facing public humiliation and police violence. Director Matthew Warchus and writer Stephen Beresford emphasised the dichotomy through comedy (expectedly, some of miners were homophobic and befriending “the gays” seemed ridiculous to them), resulting in a lighthearted atmosphere, which has greater general appeal.

Pride Movie Review

The issues were used more as a background for various personal stories told by an ensemble cast which included Imelda Staunton and Bill Nighy, so don’t expect any strong political statements, and enjoy it as a feel-good comedy.

WATCH | Pride – Official Launch Trailer (2014) Bill Nighy, Andrew Scott, Imelda Staunton

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