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Saturday, November 08, 2014

Pride (Directed by Matthew Warchus; Written by Stephen Beresford)

In 1984, 20-year-old closet gay Joe hesitantly arrives in London from Bromley for his first Gay Pride march and is taken under the collective wing of a group of gay men and Lesbian Steph, who meet at flamboyant Jonathan and his Welsh partner Gethin's Soho bookshop. Not only are gays being threatened by Thatcher but the miners are on strike in response to her pit closures, and Northern Irish activist Mark Ashton believes gays and miners should show solidarity. As a result, they find themselves in the Welsh village of Onllwyn, in the Dulais valley, and through their sincere fund raising, as well as Jonathan's nifty disco moves, they persuade most of the community to be on the same side.

Starring: Ben Schnetzer, George MacKay, Andrew Scott, Faye Marsay, Dominic West, Paddy Considine, Jessica Gunning, Rhodri Meilir, Imelda Staunton, Sophie Evans, Bill Nighy, Jack Baggs, Russell Tovey

Why I loved this film: 'Pride' delivers a moving story about pride, friendship and solidarity. When I was not laughing at the incredible performances from the top cast, I was crying at the emotional and moving story that runs through the film. This could so easily have slipped into a tragic or an over-politically charged story, but it was, instead, beautifully written and balanced. The clear messages come through hand-in-hand with humour, all in the right places. Such a wonderful work and a credit to the British Film Industry!

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