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 The act was eventually repealed by the Tony Blair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
On Joe's birthday, in July 1984, a record of 'What Difference Does It Make?' by The Smiths can be heard. Whilst the original song was released in 1983, the version playing in the film was one recorded for the BBC, which was not actually released until November 1984. See more
[as the LGSM coalition arrives in Wales
Dai? Your gays have arrived.
AIDS - Monglith
Written by Hans Zimmer
Performed by Hans Zimmer
& David Greenaway
Licensed Courtesy of Air-Edel Associates LTD See more