Sunday, 14 August 2022

Communities unite in fight for Pride

I COULDN’T think of a more unlikely alliance in Eighties England, miners and the lesbian/gay community.

But, as the film title suggests, the two groups have more than Pride to unite them. Set during the Miners’ Strike of 1984, Pride tells the true story of a group of miners in a suffering Welsh village who find common ground with gay activists.

Demonised by the Thatcher government, the police and tabloids, Pride charts the moment the sidelined decide to band together, forming the Lesbians And Gays Support Miners group, jump on a colourful bus and stand up and be counted.

Their mixed reception at Onllwyn working men’s club is predictable but provides ample opportunity for comedy and touching moments.

Any Brit-flick which features Imelda Staunton and Bill Nighy is a winner in my book, although the cast is jam-packed with more emerging talents.

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