May 7, 2015, SilverCity
Showtimes: 6:30 pm & 8:45 pm
Director: Matthew Warchus
Cast: Bill Nighy, Andrew Scott, Dominic West, Imelda Staunton
Runtime: 120 min
Ghent International Film Festival: Best Film
British Independent Film Awards: Best British Independent Film, Best Supporting Actress (Imelda Staunton), Best Supporting Actor (Andrew Scott);
Golden Globe Nomination: Best Comedy or Musical
“A bitterly divisive strike in Margaret Thatcher’s Britain fosters an unlikely union of solidarity between embattled mineworkers and militant gays in this rousing true story.” -David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter
“Pride” is an unapologetic crowd-pleaser of a movie, but it has some potent points to make, and the reality of what happened has a power of its own.”–Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
Set in 1984-85, Pride tells the true story of how a small group of gay and lesbian activists became champions for one village of Welsh miners during the torturous strike of the 1980s, which was prolonged by Thatcher’s rigid policies. The gays and lesbians involved had recognized that the workers they raised money for routinely endured the same kind of police, media and governmental abuse as they had.
The miners, while slow to accept this strange alliance, ended up becoming a powerful force in asserting gay and lesbian rights in Britain during the late 1980s. They realized that LGBT rights are human rights.
Pride is an enormously fun movie, despite some gloomy moments as it chronicles its uneasy relationship between gay-lesbian urbanites and village miners, and internal divisions within the respective factions. However, Pride has some of the same giddy payoff as another surprise British hit movie, The Full Monty. Obviously for different reasons, but the emotional high at the end is equivalent.
The general public is embracing the unlikely but true story that Pride is based upon, even if the film (as is always the case) plays a little loose with historical facts. The important twist is that Pride seems to capture the essence of reality, giving it the recognition it deserves. Truth really is stranger than fiction, and Pride tells that truth with flair.