In 1984 20 year old closet gay Joe hesitantly arrives in London from Bromley for his first Gay Pride march and is taken under the collective wing of a group of gay men and Lesbian Steph, who meet at flamboyant Jonathan and his Welsh partner Gethin's Soho bookshop. Not only are gays being threatened by Thatcher but the miners are on strike in response to her pit closures and Northern Irish activist Mark Ashton believes gays and miners should show solidarity. Almost by accident a mini-bus full of gays find themselves in the Welsh village of Onllwyn in the Dulais valley and through their sincere fund raising and Jonathan's nifty disco moves persuade most of the community that they are on the same side. When a bigot tries to sabotage the partnership with a tabloid smear Mark turns it back on her with a hugely successful benefit concert to which most of the villagers, now thoroughly in tune with their gay friends, turn up. The miners are defeated and return to work but at the Pride march ... Written by
don @ minifie-1
Based on the inspirational true story.
Did You Know?
At the time of the film's release the final remaining coal mines in the UK were closing. It is no longer acceptable to burn coal due to the 2008 Climate Change Act. The UK's last deep coal mine at Kellingley in Yorkshire closed in December 2015. See more
In the opening scenes we see a speech by Arthur Scargill being shown on a portable TV set. The picture is in colour but that was a monochrome TV, not a colour one. See more
Where are you from?
[Hefina, Dai and Cliff turn serious
No, no way.
Listen, we don't mind the gays, and the lesbians, that's fine. But don't you dare be bringing people from North Wales down here!
[an awkward silence follows and they all laugh
Featured in Projector: Pride
Written by Boy George
, Jon Moss
, Mikey Craig
, Roy Hay
and Phil Pickett
Performed by Culture Club
Produced by Steve Levine
Courtesy of Virgin Records See more