Gay Essential Films To Watch, Pride

Written by actor Stephen Beresford and directed by Matthew Warchus, Pride is a British LGBT themed historical comedy drama, which was a smashing success at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.  Granering a standing ovation among the initial audiences, the heartfelt film shares the story of a group of LGBT activists who band together and raise money in support of a group of Welsh coal miners, who are on strike during the British miner’s strike of 1984.  Noticing that both groups have a lot of common political enemies, especially Prime Minister Thatcher, London gay rights activist Mark Ashton (played by Ben Schnetzer) starts raising money in support of the coal mining families to the northwest.  The small group would go on to become the Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners campaign (LGSM).

Reluctant to accept support from a polarizing group such as the LGBT community, many of the mining unions and communities turn the LGSM away.  However, Dai Donovan (Paddy Considine), from the Welsh Dulais valley, accepts their help and recognizes the support both groups could offer each other, comparing their new alliance to a 200-year-old concept that still rules amongst Welsh mining communities today.

Though not without its challenges, the alliance sticks and goes on to become one of the most powerful, yet unlikely alliances in modern history.  Though the miners lose their battle with the government, the bond between the LGBT community and the mining unions is never forgotten.

Pride

Critics

“Quite simply, one of the best movies of the year so far.”
   Michael Ordona, San Francisco Chronicle

“What a cast Pride has — some of the best famous actors in Britain and lesser-known younger ones that will (soon) take their place in the firmament.”
   David Edelstein, New York Magazine (Vulture)

“This film moves effortlessly from some pretty intense dramatic moments to hilarious scenes showcasing the contrasting lifestyles of the gay and straight worlds to some vignettes of incredible poignancy.”
   Bill Zwecker, Chicago Sun-Times

Did You Know?

A historical comedy drama, Pride delivers a cast of historically accurate characters and fictional characters.  However, the largest fiction is the character of Joe “Bromley” Cooper, whose story was entirely fictional.  In fact, Joe was created for the sole purpose of being an “audience surrogate,” welcoming the viewing public into the story.  Interestingly, the literary concept of the audience surrogate is usually reserved for fictional suspense stories, and rarely for a historical comedy such as Pride. Review our Gay Themed Films Here

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