Pride is based on the British miners’ strike of 1984–85 and a the story of a group called Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners (LGSM). LGSM was formed by gay activists Mark Ashton (Ben Schnetzer) and Mike Jackson (Joe Gilgun) to raise money to help struggling mining communities. Because the Thatcher government sequestered the funds of the National Union, LGSM chose to help the small mining village of Onllwyn in Wales. Their first visit there is difficult, but most in the village come to see the good of this association. What really happened is that the some people are still friends today, 30 years later. This warm comedy-drama has some clichés, but is so well acted by all. George MacKay plays Joe, a young man who has yet to come out to his family. Andrew Scott is touching as a man who reconnect with his Welsh mother. Jessica Gunning is Siân James, who later became a Member of Parliament. Veteran Welsh actress Menna Trussler is great fun to watch as a grandmotherly woman who creates a strong bond with the visiting lesbians. And the best is Imelda Staunton as legendary miners supporter Hefina Headon, and Bill Nighy, as her husband Cliff. Director Matthew Warchus has made sure that Pride is well served by this great ensemble cast, and a balanced screenplay by Stephen Beresford. Entertaining and touching.

Rémi-Serge Gratton




Directed by: 
Matthew Warchaus
Screenplay by: 
Stephen Beresford
George MacKay
Ben Schnetzer
Bill Nighy
Imelda Staunton
Andrew Scott
Dominic West
Paddy Considine
120 min.
Rated 14A

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