Superficially, a LGBTQ group and a miners union don’t appear to have much in common, but Pride tells us the extraordinary tale of their alliance in an inspirational comedy. United by their opposition to ’80s Thatcherism and call to political action, a small group of queer youths in London take it upon themselves to form “Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners” (LGSM). However, in an AIDS-phobic landscape, LGSM finds many union chapters rejecting their goodwill. Through a lucky chance/slight misunderstanding, LGSM find themselves paired up with the miners of a small town in South Wales and hilarity ensues then the two meet. At the heart of Pride is a tale of unlikely friendships, integration and acceptance, told in the most fun way possible.

Pride is based on true events surrounding the UK Miner’s strike of 1984, but focuses on the humanistic side rather than get bogged down in politics. We are introduced first to the key players of the LGBTQ group, who initially appear a little clichéd. As the story progresses, so do their characters expand, director Mathew Warchus uses our preconceptions to build a preface and history for these people so that we don’t have to muddle through back stories and time-consuming details.

The integration between the sheltered residents of small town South Wales and flamboyant London queers naturally has a lot of built in humour, repeated clashes in the town lodge are emotionally charged, be they tensely uncomfortable or full of laughs. Bridges and friendships are built through unlikely avenues, a young local reaches out in hopes to learn a few dance moves after seeing how that impresses the girls, and an inquisitive housewife inquires about the division of domestic chores in a gay household.

 

Is Pride essential festival viewing?

Yes! Pride is engaging and uplifting, and in addition sheds light on a lesser known partnership in the UK Miners’ Strike. It recaptures the spirit of the 80’s and the struggle of the LGBTQ in a moving portrayal without getting too heavy-handed.

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