Cannes 2014 showing Pride: miners meet gay activists in Brit comedy

Culture-clash comedy, starring Bill Nighy, Paddy Considine, Imelda Staunton and Dominic West, will be the closing-night film in the directors' fortnight section

Pride, a British culture-clash comedy set during the 1984 miners' strike, looks set to follow in Billy Elliot's footsteps when it premieres in the directors' fortnight section of next month's Cannes film festival. Stephen Daldry's acclaimed drama used the festival sidebar as a springboard to success back in 2000.

Set during the summer of 1984, Pride tells the story of the Gay Pride activists who set about raising money to support the families of striking British miners. The film stars Bill Nighy, Paddy Considine, Imelda Staunton and Dominic West and is directed by the Tony award-winning Matthew Warchus. Scripted by Stephen Beresford, Pride is a co-production between Calamity Films and Pathe, with funding from BBC Films and the BFI.

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