A few weeks ago the first image from the gay-themed British movie Pride arrived, along with the news it will close the Directors’ Fortnight at the 2014 International Cannes Film Festival on 23rd May.
With just a couple of days to go until that premiere, the first clip from the movie has arrived (via Pathe France’s Youtube channel), which you can watch above.
The movie is set during the summer of 1984, when Margaret Thatcher is in power and the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) is 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 there is a problem. The Union seems embarrassed to receive their support.
But the activists are not deterred. They decide to ignore the Union and go direct to the miners. They identify a mining village in deepest Wales and set off in a mini bus to make their donation in person. And so begins the extraordinary story of two seemingly alien communities who form a surprising and ultimately triumphant partnership.
Director Matthew Warchus (best known for his theatre work such as Matilda: The Musical and God of Carnage) has also written a piece for The Guardian, talking about why he wanted to make the film – which was not least because the picket lines of the Miner’s Strike were part of the background of his youth. It’s well worth a read.