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January 12 in Gibsons
UK, 2014, 120min comedy/drama.
Directed by David Warchus.
Based on actual events, Pride is set in 1984 when the United Kingdom was still under the rule of Margaret Thatcher. A young firebrand convinces a group of friends, all of them based around a gay bookstore in London, to throw some of their fundraising and activism zeal behind a coal miners’ strike in Wales. Not surprisingly the National Union of Mineworkers isn’t too keen to ally itself with the newly formed group, Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners, so the activists head to a small village in Wales to pitch in there.
The film takes place at a time when homophobia was still high and HIV/AIDS was becoming a major epidemic. Pride is often quite hilarious, while also documenting a series of events that ended up being the turning point of gay rights in the UK. It was a defining moment when the striking miners accepted LGSM’s support, despite heavy opposition from homophobic members of the community.
While the film is an ensemble with no real protagonist, Imelda Staunton practically steals the show as Hefina, as she and the other elderly women of the village become quite fascinated with gay culture. Pride also has notable performances by Bill Nighy (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel), Ben Schnetzer (The Book Thief) and Andrew Scott (BBC’s Sherlock).
Pride is a funny and touching document of a very important moment in history.
Pride, film review: Two tribes and plenty of nostalgia in this feelgood hit. Review by Geoffry MacNab, The Independent, September 2014.
When miners and gay activists united: the real story of the film Pride. by Kate Kellaway, in The Guardian, August 2014.
Winner: Queer Palm, Cannes 2014.
Nominated: Golden Globe, Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy.
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