Monday, October 20, 2014

Pride

Director: Matthew Warchus

Starring: Paddy Considine, Ben Schnetzer, Dominic West, Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton

In 1984 Margaret Thatcher took on the miner’s union resulting in a national strike for almost a year. During which a bitter conflict between mining communities and the forces of law took place. A group of gay activists in London decide to give their support to the striking miners and their families after Mark Ashton (Ben Schnetzer) and his friend Mike Jackson (Joseph Gilgun) reason gays and striking miners claim three common enemies: the government, the police and the tabloids. They decide to support the strike and start fundraising. They are invited to Dulais, a small mining village in the valleys of south Wales, to hand over the monies to the strikers and their families. Not all goes well as the motley crew come face to face with a resentful and suspicious members of the Working Men’s Club. The local union rep Dai Donovan (Paddy Considine) and Cliff (Bill Nighy) a shy schoolteacher, extend a wavering hand of friendship as Hefina (Imelda Staunton) the village matriarch, and Sian James (Jessica Gunning) slowly rally the community to accept the visitors. The classic tale of opposites attract blossoms into an enjoyable feel good movie based on fact and joins the ranks of Brassed Off and the Full Monty. A good cast, great script, fab music which will have you laughing and crying in no time. A must see.

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