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
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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 The act was eventually repealed by the Tony Blair Labour government and Conservative leader David Cameron subsequently apologized for his party's anti-gay policies, before championing and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 2013 (although this only got through the House of Commons due to support from Labour and the Liberal Democrats). See more »
In the dance club, set in mid-1984, the song "You Spin Me Round" by Dead or Alive is playing. This was not released until the very end of 1984 and not a hit in clubs until well into 1985. See more »
[as the LGSM coalition arrives in Wales]
Dai? Your gays have arrived.
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You Can't Hurry Love
Written by Brian Holland, Eddie Holland (as Edward Holland Jr.), and Lamont Dozier
Performed by Phil Collins
Published by EMI Music Publishing LTD
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp
By Arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing and Virgin EMI Records LTD
Under Licence From Universal Music Operations LTD See more »
There is nothing not wonderful about this movie.
If you don't laugh, don't shed a tear, or don't want to get up and cheer at the end, then you weren't paying attention during this movie. Based on a true story, this is a film about how two unlikely groups came together in the troubling times of the early 80s in the U.K., but in addition to that, there are a lot of side stories that occur at the same time. Excellent character development (especially after the first 20 minutes), which is critical for a based-on-true-life film. The acting is superb. Listen carefully for the deadpan humor the British are known for: especially if you're not used to London and Welsh accents. Highly recommend this movie to anyone who needs a lift and a reminder that *people are good.*
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