Based on the true story of the unlikely alliance formed between a group of gay and lesbian activists (Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners) and the small Welsh mining community of Dulais during the 1984 miners’ strike, Pride also touches on the early days of HIV/AIDS and its devastating effect upon the gay community in particular.
Because of the reluctance of the National Union of Mineworkers to speak to them, let alone accept the “pink pounds” they have raised, the LGSM members decide to directly contact a randomly chosen village.
After a rocky start, they establish a firm bond with the Dulais community, culminating in the miners arriving en masse in a reciprocal show of support for the Gay Pride march of 1985.
While Ben Shnetzer is outstanding in the lead role, all the actors do a splendid job, especially Andrew Scott, Joseph Gilgun, George Mackay, Freddie Fox, Faye Marsay, Paddy Considine, Bill Nighy and Imelda Staunton.
Special mention must be made of Dominic West’s portrayal of the flamboyant actor/tailor, Jonathan Blake. West’s dance in the Dulais community hall is a show-stopper. Although Jonathan Blake was the second person to be diagnosed HIV in the UK, he recently celebrated his 65th birthday and, with other surviving members of LGSM and the Dulais miners, advised the actors and took part in the recreation of the 1985 march.
Directed by Matthew Warchus, written by Stephen Beresford and designed by Simon Bowles, Pride is a fine film. It is also a timely reminder of how vital solidarity is in the face of oppression. United we stand, divided we fall — and Thatcher clones like Abbott and Pyne will triumph. Trailer