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 Joseph 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 introduced 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 The act was eventually repealed by the Tony Blair Labour government and Conservative leader David Cameron subsequently apologized for his party's anti-gay policies, before championing and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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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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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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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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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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