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 UK government had already decided to close the coal mines long before the 1984 strike, as the industry was no longer considered profitable. Many believe the strike was only fighting against the inevitable. Almost twice as many coal mines had closed under Harold Wilson (1964-70, 1974-76) than under Margaret Thatcher. However, job losses were far greater under the Thatcher government. 43 per cent of mining jobs were lost in the 1960s under Wilson while 80 per cent were lost under Thatcher. Also, as the trend rate of economic growth was lower under Thatcher than Wilson (just 2.8 per cent compared to 3.4 per cent) and unemployment was considerably higher throughout the 1980s than the 1960s, redundant miners had fewer alternative job options. See more
When they dial the number for the town in Wales having used the phone book they dial 01.....In the early-'80s all area codes would have not have had a 1 as the second number, they were 0823 not 01823 etc. At that time, 01 was the long distance (STD - Subscriber Trunk Dialling) code for London. See more
[on the phone trying to find a band for the Pits & Perverts ball
It's a fund-raising concert, and we're lookin' for bands to... no! No! No, no, no, I am in no way suggesting that Sting, or indeed any other member of The Police, is a pervert.
Featured in Projector: Pride
Written by Peter Gill
, Holly Johnson
, and Mark O'Toole
Performed by Frankie Goes to Hollywood
Published by Perfect Songs LTD
Courtesy of Union Square Music
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