Movie Review: Pride (2014)

Starring: Bill Nighy, Ben Schnetzer and Imelda Staunton

Directed by: Matthew Warchus

UK gay rights activists begin work to help the miners during their arduous strike of the National Union of Mineworkers in the summer of 1984 under the Thatcher Government.

Never has there been a more relevant movie than Pride. Currently the gay and lesbian community as a whole have never had more rights and acceptance than right here and now. While there still are some closed minded people in the world who will never accept the rights of a homosexual, thankfully within a large portion of the developed world being gay is no longer an issue which could be argued is largely due to the actions of the Lesbian and Gays Support the Miners Group (LGSM) back in 1984.

Pride is an extremely pleasant and heart warming story where two communities, the gay and the mining, come together in a show of solidarity and togetherness against a Government that was very oppressive at the time. The movie begins showing the mining strike and the effect it was having on some mining towns and villages was enormous. In steps a small group within the gay community to put themselves forward to raise money for the miners and their families. Initially the miners were reluctant to accept the help from gay campaigners but little by little as bonds begin to form between the groups, tensions began to ease. Eventually all stereotypes and prejudices were broken and both the picketing miners and the charitable gays stood shoulder to shoulder in a show of solidarity. There was always going to be opposition from within which was evident as some of the miners were not accepting and welcoming of the help that they desperately needed because of who was providing that help. Also the police and Conservative press were having a field day by poking fun at the efforts on show trying to derail and slow down the progress of the strikers and activists.

Pride truly is a wonderful piece of cinema and was a delight to watch. The acting was fantastic throughout and some great chemistry between the actors from both sides really helped the movies cause and message. For people who were alive at the time Pride will certainly take you on a trip down memory lane with the clothes, the music, the politics and even the look and feel of both London and Wales. As I sat watching Pride I couldn’t help myself but have a joyous smile on my face at times, especially the ending, as all barriers and stereotypes were certainly broken down and the bond between the two communities was great to see and incredibly inspiring.

So far this year I’ve watched a fair share of British movies (Waking Ned, Bloody Sunday & My Name is Lenny) and this is definitely up there in terms of quality and enjoyment. Pride delivers a powerful message of togetherness and acceptance which is a must see.


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