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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.
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.
Queer Palm winner at Cannes Film Festival 2014
- Matthew Warchus('Simpatico')
Comedy, Drama, True Story & Biography
Rating: M Offensive language, sexual references and drug use
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.
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.
Time Out London
Total Film (UK)
New York Times
At The Movies (Australia)
Loved it - funny. moving and a great watch. Highly recommended!
We're here - we're queer
Great story line and some great acting. Support can come from the most unlikely source, let it in. Proud.
First Time Reviewer
Funny, touching and uplifting. If you want a great night out at the movies, see Pride.
Funny and bitter sweat
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 !!!
Great from beginning to end!
One of the most entertaining movies I have seen for a while. Has everything: great characterization; wonderful story (and true); magnificent line-up of actors, both well-known and new to the screen; plenty of tear-jerking emotion; endless laughs and great one-liners. I want to go and see it again!
Light hearted look at employment relations and homophobia
It's interesting how topics that used to polarise us become history and then the stuff of nostalgia. While I watched this I wondered when we might ever take a light hearted look at the homosexual reform bill and the spring bok tour in NZ?
Thereason I didn't give this five stars was because of the treatment of the winng lesbian feminist. Although credibly portraying the real issues on workers in Thatcher's England and the emerging political engagement of the gay community the film unfortunately perpetuated the trivialisation of feminist concerns. Shame because it would be an otherwise iconic British film.
cheers and tears
Moving and funny. Don't miss it.