The first trailer has been released for Pride, an upcoming feel-good film telling the true story of the gay and lesbian activists who supported the families of striking miners in 1984 Britain. The film looks great, with what appears to be an infectious spirit and tangible sense of time and place. It’s an interesting true story, and the cast certainly doesn’t hurt either. We’re given further confidence with the positive response awarded to the picture when it was shown as the closing night film of the Directors’ Fortnight sidebar in Cannes this year.
Pride stars Bill Nighy, Andrew Scott, Imelda Staunton, Dominic West, Joseph Gilgun, Paddy Considine, George MacKay, Ben Schnetzer, Sophie Evans, Jessie Cave, Freddie Fox, Faye Marsay, Adrian Palmer, Lasco Atkins and Shane Salter.
Official synopsis for Pride:
It’s summer 1984, Margaret Thatcher is in power, and the National Union of Mineworkers are on strike! At the Gay Pride March in London, a group of gay and lesbian activists decides to raise money to support the families of the striking miners. But the only problem is the Union seems too embarrassed to receive their support.
Not discouraged, the activists ignore the Union and go direct to the miners. They identify a small mining village in Wales to make their donations to the community in person. This journey begins a surprising partnership between two seemingly alien communities as they fight for the same cause.
ETA: UK – 12 September, 2014.