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 film was criticized for not using Welsh actors, and for its almost complete lack of ethnic minority characters. See more
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
And why should gay people like me support the miners?
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.
Featured in Projector: Pride
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 See more