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U.K. gay activists work to help miners during their lengthy strike of the National Union of Mineworkers in the summer of 1984.

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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

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Although not mentioned at any point in the film, there were 2,000 striking miners in the Kent coalfield, which was only 75 miles south-east of London. See more »

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In the film, the LGSM group chooses a pit in South Wales randomly. In real life, the group had deliberately chosen the South Wales area as it disagreed with the NUM leader Arthur Scargill's funneling of donations to the most militant mining areas of Kent and Yorkshire, which left South Wales neglected. See more »

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[while Dancing in the Lodge in Dulais]
Jonathan: God! I miss disco!
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Featured in The EE British Academy Film Awards (2015) See more »

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Across The Great Divid
Written by Kate Wolfe
Performed by Frank Solivan
Published by BUg Music LTD. A SMG Chrysalis Company 1980
Courtesy of 2002 Fiddlemon Music. All Rights Reserved
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An absolute must-see
3 September 2014 | by See all my reviews

Just been to the avant-premiere in Paris: The movie is absolutely magical. Not to oversell it, but it's a must-see. It's funny but very moving, with a perfect blend of "comedy" and seriousness (because these were dark times, both for the miners and the gay community). The dialogues are really good, well though-out, and delivered convincingly by a stellar cast, who are always believable in their roles.

It's not just "good for an indie gay movie" - it's an incredibly powerful movie that ranks right up with the best of them this year (and with stars such as Bill Nighy and Imelda Satunton, and a probably fair budget, it doesn't have an "amateur" / "indie" feel at all either).

Anyway, worth the price of admission (unlike, unfortunately, so many movies these days...)


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