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 ...
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Based on the inspirational true story.
Did You Know?
The film is set four years before the Thatcher government introduced Section 28 of the Local Government Act, which banned the promotion of homosexuality to children as an acceptable family relationship. The act was eventually repealed by the Tony Blair
Labour government and Conservative leader David Cameron
subsequently apologized for his party's anti-gay policies, before championing and introducing gay marriage as Prime Minister in 2014. See more
In the first aerial shot of the bus crossing the Severn Bridge, the bus is moving but the waters are perfectly still. See more
They called us perverts.
Bromley, it's time for an important part of your education. Hands up, in this room, if you've ever been called a name like that.
[all the guys raise their hands
Now, there is a long and honorable tradition in the gay community and it has stood us in good stead for a very long time. When somebody calls you a name... am I right Jonathan?
You take it and own it.
Featured in 72nd Golden Globe Awards
Written by Peter Gill
, Holly Johnson
, Brian Nash
and Mark O'Toole
Performed by Frankie Goes to Hollywood
Courtesy of ZTT Records
Produced by Trevor Horn See more