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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

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English | Welsh

Release Date:

12 September 2014 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Büszkeség és bányászélet See more »

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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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The film was criticized for not using Welsh actors, and for its almost complete lack of ethnic minority characters. See more »

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When the first phone call is made to the Welfare Hall, we hear a single US-style repeated ring instead of what would have been heard at the time: the UK double-ring followed by a pause. See more »

Quotes

Journalist 2: And why should gay people like me support the miners?
Mark: Because miners dig for coal, which produces power, which allows gay people like you to dance to Bananarama till 3 o'clock in the morning.
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Featured in Projector: Pride (2014) See more »

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Across The Great Divide
Written by Kate Wolfe
Performed by Frank Solivan
Published by BUg Music LTD. A SMG Chrysalis Company 1980
Courtesy of 2002 Fiddlemon Music. All Rights Reserved
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Brilliant moving and accurate I know I was there.
11 February 2015 | by ste-scouseSee all my reviews

I have just watched this film and on a personal level it affected me greatly. I was a young gay man in 1984 and I and friends, travelled to both the 84 and 85 Pride marches in London. I remember the Miners support at the 85 and we were greatly touched at the time. The movie got the details exactly right, I and many of my gay friends were on lots of marches including the ones against Clause 28 the evil Tory piece of legislation that outlawed promotion of homosexuality in schools and publicly funded museums and art gallerias (among others).

What I want to say about this film is that young gay and straight people should see it. It is immensely moving and funny. Just the right balance. I wept throughout and laughed because it brought to life my youth as I lived it in protest against that evil woman and her kind who dared to tell us how to live our lives, and who we couldn't legally love. It was scary times, AIDS, homophobia and arrest for protest.

I probably can't be objective because of my involvement as a youth in gay protest, it brought raw emotions to recall how angry we young people were then. But more importantly for me it reminded me like it was only yesterday of the immense Pride we felt at fighting for our rights and anyone who was a victim of hatred and prejudice.

All of the actors were a delight, and the portrayal of working class solidarity spot on and very emotional. I loved the fact that it had that British humour that is so peculiar to this country. The details were very true to the time, I recognised the clothes, the music and how tatty gay clubs were with peeling paint on the walls. It is a film that brings to life a time that has not been portrayed before, of protest, solidarity and how together we can change things.

I'm glad that such a film can be made and successful in this country now as a mainstream film as well. Maybe that shows that the protest of our youth changed things. I can get married now if I wish and thanks to a Tory PM, who'd have thought it? So one big thank you to all involved for making this 50 something gay man remember so vividly, and in spite of the dark days portrayed, our youthful struggle and reminding us that we really did something wonderful and change things, as this film is proof positive that we did just by the fact that is got made.

I hope that young gay people, who still cope with the same problems we did, isolated, alone, and scared can watch this film and gain strength from it and join the fight against prejudice still to be won.


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