We know that once upon a time we had miners that went on strike. And stayed on strike. What we don't know is that the LGBT civil rights movement and it's integration into the Labour Party is related to the history of the LGBT communinty's support for the Mineworkers union. This is that story - and it's a good one.
A balanced view isn't possible here. A person of more conservative and/or religious nature may possibly not 'get' this film. That is the only thing I will say. Apart from them, the lefty masses will, I'm sure, love this film. Especially as this is based on a true story.
It is a story of a period of British political history that we should all be aware of, although most of us aren't; but the makers of this flick don't spend time detailing political theory or who thought and said what. Instead we jump into the lives of a some LGBT folk and see their adventure from the perspective of Joe (George MacKay) a not-quite-out-to-his-family-yet 20 year old lad who meets civil rights activists on a march in London.
He witnesses their formation into a group that will support the Mineworkers Union and slowly becomes one of a group of game-changers in LGBT civil rights history. There is little grandstanding however; change and progress is marked through the development of relationships, as the group travel to South Wales and meets a community of mineworkers. What follows is a clash of cultures and an exploration of the societal change that occurred at the time.
I can't fault this production technically or structurally. It's just great film-making. Bill Nighy and Imelda Staunton are UK Legends and they provide concrete support without stealing the limelight. The core group LGSM (Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners) are cast and directed with skill. Even without the 'True Story' foundation, this would be a landmark film.
Director Matthew Warchus seems to revel in the moments-after-moments and allows his actors space to be. He captures the intimacy of friendship and the discomfort of bigotry with a light, firm hand, and without overt drama.
There is a lot to say about this film - I haven't yet mentioned that this is British cinema. I don't need to. "Supporting British Film" seems like a pale agenda next to "Go and see this, you'll have a great time". There are far more important reasons the youth of today should watch this.
Pride is a great film and an important one. It contains some well overdue heart-warming joy and sharp, LOL comedy. A breath of fresh air from the "Computer Graphics and Melancholy Drama" menu that Hollywood has been serving recently.
Hitting your screens 12th September, 2014