Pride is one of those films where you practically skip out of the cinema after watching it, and no- it’s not just because of the amazing soundtrack.
The cast is phenomenal, with brilliant performances from all: Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton, Dominic West, and Andrew Scott to name but a few. The plot follows the inspiring true story of the Lesbians and Gay Men Support The Miners (LGSM) campaign, and their alliance with a Welsh mining village during the ‘80s strikes.
As is always the danger with films based on real life events, there’s an initial worry that the whole feel of the production will be off, that it just won’t ring true. But, rest assured, Pride never sways into that territory. The tone is pitch perfect: warm, funny, and incredibly moving. We get intimate snapshots into what it was like to grow up as unaccepted during the ‘80s and what it felt like if your love for others was something to be hidden away from society. Above all, we are shown that change- really positive, groundbreaking change- can happen if we worry less about what others might think and open ourselves up to friendship in all its forms.
As someone whose parents grew up during the Miners’ strikes, it shocked me that they had never heard of the LGSM activists. It should go without saying that their story now being told to a worldwide audience is both well deserved and extremely important.
Go and see Pride, and you will see a part of British history to remain proud of. You’ll laugh, cry, and immediately want to blast out the Pet Shop Boys to your heart’s content. If you don’t skip out singing, “Karma, Karma, Karma, Karma, Karma, Chameleon,” you’re doing something wrong. Perfect excuse for a second viewing!
[Jenna Burns – @Jenna_221b]