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Published October 24th 2014
Finding friends in unexpected places
pride, film review, movie review, english movie, movie, film, ben schnetzer, bill nighy, imelda staunton, paddy considine, cominic west, joshua hill, george mackay
Images © Calamity Films

Pride is based on unexpected true events that transpired in the years 1984 to 1985 when the National Union of Mineworkers went on strike for a year and Margaret Thatcher was in power. Led by a young activist, a group of gay men and one lesbian take it upon themselves to show solidarity with the miners and help them out by raising money so the miners can feed their families. They explain that they know what it's like to be persecuted and all they want to do is help, so they take to the streets with buckets to collect loose change.


Not taken seriously as the LGSM (Lesbian and Gays Support the Miners) by the Union or anyone else they call, they decide to bypass the Union and head straight for the miners in the small Welsh village of Onllwyn in the Dulais valley to make their donations. Once there their bravado starts to slip as they walk into the Miner's Hall to face a sea of 'straight' miners staring back at them as if they had landed from the planet Mars.


Amongst the mixture of responses from the towns people they find a few that are willing to work with them and the lines are finely drawn by those who do not accept them and find it a source of shame to accept help from gays and lesbians.


Amidst the story of support from unexpected 'friends' the miners never knew they had, there is a thread of a tale running along about young Joe who is a closet gay and furtively arrives in London for his first Gay Pride march. He is taken into the group becoming their official photographer when he should be learning how to make choux pastry.


The group of gays and lesbians are played by relatively unknown actors here in Australia apart from Dominic West (300, Johnny English Reborn). Some of the towns people's faces belong to internationally known famous faces Bill Nighy (Love Actually, Pirates of the Caribbean), Paddy Considine (The World's End, Hot Fuzz) and Imelda Staunton (Harry Potter, Vera Drake).


You will laugh and smile and perhaps shed a tear as you watch the colourful engagement between opposite groups as they learn to hold hands during these hard times. I found a lovely article by 'The Guardian' (UK) making references between reality and the movie that you might enjoy. CLICK HERE to read it and check out the 'real deal'. The video within the article of a community of that era was interesting to watch too. I give this movie a healthy 7 out of 10.




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Why? A film based on true events during Thatcher's rule when the miners went on strike and were shown solidarity by the gays and lesbians.
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