An historical drama based upon a true story. Set in 1984, a very small group of gay and lesbian young people are preparing tomMarch atthe London Pride event. Joe is celebrating his twentieth birthday and while exploring his homosexuality sets of for the Pride event in London. He is in no rush to come out as gay but is accepted into a group of gay activists led by Mark Ashton. Influenced by the commonality of police brutality experienced by striking miners and his own gay and lesbian community, he persuades his friends that they should show solidarity with the miners strike and they form the Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners (LGSM). There biggest hurdle is finding a group of miners willing to accept their support.from£5.99 | RRP:
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Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 or region free DVD player in order to play Set in the summer of 1984 – Margaret Thatcher is in power and the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) is on strike At the Gay Pride March in London a group of gay and lesbian activists decides to raise money to support the families of the striking miners But there is a problem The Union seems embarrassed to receive their support But the activists are not deterred They decide to ignore the Union and go direct to the miners They identify a mining village in deepest Wales and set off in a mini bus to make their donation in person And so begins the extraordinary story of two seemingly alien communities who form a surprising and ultimately triumphant partnership
Matthew Warchus directs this British drama inspired by real events during the 1984 miners' strike. When activist Mark Ashton (Ben Schnetzer) garners support at a Gay Pride rally in London for his plan to raise funds in support of the striking miners, he encounters a surprising impediment to his plan: most mining communities refuse to take money from gay and lesbian groups. However, one Welsh village, Dulais, seem grateful for the support. Mark and his friends hire a minibus and visit the villagers to consolidate the relationship. Though the villagers don't completely accept their visitors straight away, the community, which includes Hefina (Imelda Staunton), Dai (Paddy Considine) and Cliff (Bill Nighy), gradually warm to Mark and his friends as they realise the common causes that bind them.
Average Rating for Pride - 5 out of 5
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This heartwarming film is a one that passed me by when it was first released. It gives a first hand account of the experience of welsh coal miners during the long and bitter strike of 1984 and of the stereotypes and prejudices that require breaking down to enable these two disparate and marginalised groups to appreciate their shared experience of oppression. There is evidence of enormous courage and humanity on both sides at the same time obvious bitterness and hostility from some of the mining community who are fearful of the newly present AIDS epidemic.
This is a strong cast of actors, with Bill Nighly outstanding as the leader of one of the mens Unions and Imelda Stauntan as one of the Welsh mining activists. The setting of the Welsh village and its community hall - the sheer deprivation, isolation and dependancy of the welsh villagers is extremely is extremely well demonstrated, as is the variation of this to the gay london scene as experienced by the visiting mining activists as part of their collection of funds.Although hilarious in parts it also is extremely poignant. Not many films educate, make me laugh and make me cry at the same time. This is special and well worth a couple of hours of your time.
I laughed, I cried, I pondered and I loved it!
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