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?
In interviews to promote the film, Bill Nighy
said that the emancipation of gay men and women in the UK in the post-Thatcher years was one of the greatest things to have happened in his lifetime. 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
[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.
Performed by Pete Seeger
From The Recording Entitled
"If I Had a Hammer: Songs of Hope and Struggle" SFW400596
Courtesy of Smithsonian Folkways Recordings See more