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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In the final scene shot outside the Houses of Parliament and set in the late 1980s, Portcullis House is shown in the background. The building was not commissioned until 1992 and only opened in 2001. Also, the Terrace of the Commons is shown in the background of the same scene with marques on it. These would not have been installed in the 1980s and were a later addition. See more »
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There Is Power in a Union
Written and Performed by Billy Bragg
Published By Sony / ATV Music Publishing (UK) Limited
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A wonderful movie that made me think and laugh. It also made me cry and I am a heterosexual 50-something male who never shows public emotion! Bill Nighy; Imelda Staunton; and Paddy Considine are fantastic. But the message of solidarity and fighting against adversity for change are the stars of the show.
Based on a true story, the film depicts a group of LGBT activists who raised money to help families affected by the UK miners' strike in 1984, at the outset of what would become the Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners campaign.The National Union of Mineworkers was reluctant to accept the group's support due to the union's public relations' worries about being openly associated with a gay group, so the activists instead decided to take their donations directly to a small mining village in Wales — resulting in an alliance between the two communities. The alliance was unlike any seen before but was successful.
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