Directror: Matthew Warchus
cast: Andrew Scott, Bill Nighy, George Mackay, Dominic West, Imelda Staunton, Ben Schnetzer
Genre: Comedy Drama
Country of Origin: UK 2014 120 mins.
Released by 20th CENTURY FOX
'An hilarious, heartwarming, tender and uplifting 120 minutes of cinematic glory.'
The period culture class comedy 'Pride' was the closing night film of the Directors’ Fortnight sidebar in the 2014 Cannes International Film Festival and the response was rapturous.
Based on the true story of gay and lesbian activists who attempted to raise money in support of the families of striking miners in a small Welsh town in Maggie Thatcher's 1984 Britain. 'A gaggle of gays and and lesbians has come out in support of the miners strike' the local newspaper announced.
It's a who’s who of British talent - Bill Nighy, the poetry loving shy and reserved miner, Dominic West marvellous as Jonathan Blake, a disco-loving middle aged HIV positive out-of-work actor, Imelda Staunton whose razor sharp tongue helps to break the village's prejudices, Paddy Considine, who plays Dai, the miners leader willing to accept money from a gay activist group, George MacKay as Joe, not quite out of the closet and Ben Schnetzer, the lone American in the cast giving a great performance as gay campaigner Mark Ashton.
With Stephen Beresford's sharp script and the stellar cast, 'Pride' is an hilarious, heartwarming, tender and uplifting 120 minutes of movie fun.