Saturday, 17 January 2015

Pride (2014)





Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton, Dominic West, Paddy Considine, Andrew Scott, George MacKay, Joe Gilgun, Ben Schnetzer, Freddie Fox, Monica Dolan, Liz White, Faye Marsay, Karina Fernandez, Jessie Cave, Jessica Gunning, Rhodri Meilir, Russell Tovey, Lisa Palfrey, Menna Trussler, Jack Baggs, Kyle Rees, Chris Overton, Joshua Hill, Feargal Quinn


The films tells the story of a group of lesbian and gay activists who raised money to help families affected by the British miners' strike in 1984, at the outset of what would become the LGSM, Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners, campaign. The National Union of Mineworkers was reluctant to accept the group's support due to the union's public relations' worries about being openly associated with a gay group, so the activists instead decided to take their donations directly to Onllwyn, a small mining village in Wales, resulting in an alliance between the two communities. The alliance was unlike any seen before but was successful.


Based on a true story, Pride is a wonderful film about pride, friendship and solidarity. This film completely shares my opinion: discriminated minorities must help each other, whether they are gay and lesbian, workers, women or people with a different background.
The story, which could have been too tragic or too politically charged, is perfectly balanced. There is no shortage of laughs, though sometimes it gets a bit emotional.
Pride is my on my opinion one of the best films of 2014. Watch it and I promise you won't be disappointed. 


Dai: What I'd really like to say to you tonight is thank you. If you're one of the people that's put money in these buckets, if you've supported LGSM, then thank you, because what you've given us is more than money. It's friendship. When you're in a battle against an enemy so much bigger, so much stronger than you, well, to find out you had a friend you never knew existed, well, that's the best feeling in the world. So thank you. 



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