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?
Although Mark's political affiliation was not mentioned in the film possibly to avoid alienating viewers, a communist flag can be seen hanging from his apartment wall in the opening sequence. In the movie, he can be seen wearing red star pins on his jacket lapels, and he also gets "commie" shouted at him when going on a stage at a gay bar. 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
[laughing while holding a dildo in one hand and a gay magazine in the other
Jesus God that takes me back!
Featured in Projector: Pride
Written by Ed Cobb
Performed by Soft Cell
Produced by Mike Thorne See more