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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.

Director:

Matthew Warchus

Writer:

Stephen Beresford (screenplay by)
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 9 wins & 18 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ben Schnetzer ... Mark
Abram Rooney ... Young Guy
Jim McManus Jim McManus ... Old Man
George MacKay ... Joe
Monica Dolan ... Marion
Matthew Flynn ... Tony
Andrew Scott ... Gethin
Joseph Gilgun ... Mike
Faye Marsay ... Steph
Freddie Fox ... Jeff
Lucy Timmons Lucy Timmons ... Woman with Little Girl
Jordan Metcalfe Jordan Metcalfe ... Charlie
Roger Morlidge ... Wardrobe Master
Dean Ashton Dean Ashton ... Young Man
Chris Overton ... Reggie
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Storyline

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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Based on the inspirational true story.


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Rated R for language and brief sexual content | See all certifications »

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UK | France

Language:

English | Welsh

Release Date:

12 September 2014 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Büszkeség és bányászélet See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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Pathé,BBC Films,Proud Films See more »
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

While there had been more than 1,000 coal mines in the UK during the first half of the 20th century, by 1984 there were only 173 still operating. See more »

Goofs

The button Mark gives Joe when they meet after watching the miners returning to work in Onllwyn says "I am (discretely) gay". This is a common error, but it should be "discreetly" meaning cautiously or with tact; "discrete" means separate or distinct. However, it could be a copy of a vintage button, in which case the error is on the part of the original designer of the button, not the filmmakers. See more »

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Cliff: [the committee is discussing where the LGSM members will be staying] Cliff: I don't mind taking more, Hefina. Not the lesbians so much, because of their cuisine, but I'll take an extra gay.
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Featured in The EE British Academy Film Awards (2015) See more »

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Karma Chameleon
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
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Magnificent!
7 September 2014 | by angie-martinsSee all my reviews

A wonderful movie that made me think and laugh. It also made me cry and I am a heterosexual 50-something male who never shows public emotion! Bill Nighy; Imelda Staunton; and Paddy Considine are fantastic. But the message of solidarity and fighting against adversity for change are the stars of the show.

Based on a true story, the film depicts a group of LGBT activists who raised money to help families affected by the UK miners' strike in 1984, at the outset of what would become the Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners campaign.The National Union of Mineworkers was reluctant to accept the group's support due to the union's public relations' worries about being openly associated with a gay group, so the activists instead decided to take their donations directly to a small mining village in Wales — resulting in an alliance between the two communities. The alliance was unlike any seen before but was successful.


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