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The song 'For a Friend', which is heard playing over the end credits, was actually written for the real Mark Ashton. It was written and performed by The Communards, whose members Jimmy Somerville and Richard Coles were both friends of Mark.
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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.
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Some of the actual people depicted in the movie make cameo appearances in the Westminster Bridge scene: Reggie Blennerhassett and Ray Aller (played by Chris Overton and Joshua Hill), Gethin Roberts (played by Andrew Scott), Gethin's Mum (played by Olwen Medi), Mike Jackson (played by Joe Gilgun) and Ray Goodspeed (not directly portrayed in the movie but a leading light in LGSM).
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While there had been more than 1,000 coal mines in the UK during the first half of the 20th century, by 1984 there were only 173 still operating.
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In interviews to promote the film, Bill Nighy said that the emancipation of gay men and women in the UK in the post-Thatcher years was one of the greatest things to have happened in his lifetime.
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The film is set four years before the Thatcher government's most notorious homophobic policy, Section 28 of the Local Government Act, which banned the promotion of homosexuality to children as an acceptable family relationship. The act was eventually repealed by the Tony Blair Labour government and Conservative leader David Cameron subsequently apologized for his party's anti-gay policies, before championing and introducing gay marriage as Prime Minister in 2013 (although this only got through the House of Commons due to support from Labour and the Liberal Democrats).
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A drag queen at the concert wears a placard identifying herself as "Martha Scargill". This is a reference to Arthur Scargill, who was president of NUM during the strike.
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George MacKay's character Joe, was the photographer for the LGSM in the film, George has said he took many photos whilst shooting the film and in the scene where he gets the photos developed, they are actual photos George took.
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Film debut of Jessica Gunning.
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When visiting the record label, Mark writes down the number for the gay switchboard and suggests 'one of them might need it one day'. He writes this number beneath a poster of Elton John, a tongue in cheek reference to the musician, who confirmed himself to be 'comfortably gay' in 1988, four years after the period in which the film is set.
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The film was criticized for not using Welsh actors, and for its almost complete lack of ethnic minority characters.
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Second film directed by Matthew Warchus and his first film in 15 years.
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In his review for "The Financial Times" Nigel Andrews gave the film one star out of five, describing it as "a parade of tricks, tropes and tritenesses, designed to keep its balance for two hours atop a political correctness unicycle". He further wrote, "Nothing in modern history is more amazing than the cultural rebranding of the UK miners' strike as a heroic crusade, rather than a Luddite last stand for (inter alia) union demagoguery, greenhouse gas and emphysema."
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Both Imelda Staunton and Bill Nighy were in the Harry Potter franchise as members of the government/ruling body, while in "Pride" they played characters on the outside.
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Nearly twice as many coal mines closed during the two premierships of Harold Wilson (1964-70, 1974-76) as during Margaret Thatcher's premiership. More than 290 coal mines closed under Wilson, compared to about 160 under Thatcher.
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In the United States the film was only given a limited release in New York City, Los Angeles and San Francisco.
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The film was accused by some critics of offering a revisionist portrayal of the miner's strike and life in the UK in 1984.
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At the time of the film's release the last coal mines in the UK were closing. The last deep coal mine in the UK closed in 2015.
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Final film of Deddie Davies.
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This is one of two films to use the Royal Vauxhall Tavern in London as a filming location. The other is Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie (2016).
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