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Ben Schnetzer
Ben Schnetzer Published in October 17, 2018, 2:34 pm


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Jed Reply to on 25 July 2015
Great film brought back happy memories and taught my young son what life used to be like, when homophobic attacks and abuse were common but we still would not give up.
The prejudice and ignorance which the lgbt community still experiences. I remember the abuse that used to be suffered and still is in a lot of areas despite the progress and legislation changes. Something the younger lgbt community don't experience to the same extent.
Funny, poinient and well written. The days when London was where people who were disowned by their own families ran to in order to try and make a life. Finding friends and 'family' that accepted you for who you were not your sexuality or gender identity.
Equality is something everyone is entitled to respecting diversity. Sometimes allies and supporters come from the strangest places. We have this group of people to thank for making a huge difference to how the UK has changed and should never stop challenging prejudice and ignorance.
Pride is the name of the film and pride is what everyone should have.
Vicuña Reply to on 5 August 2015
What a delight. I had no knowledge about or expectations of this film. I was looking for a decent British film and this looked interesting. Strong cast with Imelda Staunton, Bill Nighy and lots of other 'faces' including the lad from Sunshine Over Leith. Basically it's a neat little social history, based on an allegiance which developed between the miners and a group of gay supporters. It charts the support and friendship which grew, despite prejudice on both sides, between a group of Londoners and a group of striking miners from the Welsh Valleys.

It's a great drama, well produced and I enjoyed it from start to finish. I found the updates about some of the main players at the end of the film both poignant and inspirational. Out of little's a film I'll watch again.
Bookwoman Reply to on 4 May 2018
If you're of a leftish political persuasion, and especially if you're old enough to remember the dark days of the 1984/5 miners strike*, then you'll love this film - though maybe watch it alone, to avoid embarrassment as you sob your way through a large box of tissues.
It's based on the true story of how a group of London-based gay and lesbian activists set up LGSM to raise money for the strikers, and the culture clashes and friendships that resulted when they decided to visit a South Wales mining village.
It's a great story: funny, angry and sad, thought-provoking and life-affirming, and there are some terrific performances. Bill Nighy in particular is a revelation - the scene in which Cliff quietly comes out as gay while Hefina slaps cheap marg on a white sliced loaf is unbearably moving - and Dominic West's disco dance is worth the price of the DVD alone. If you're not in tears for Bread and Roses, and the Gay Pride march at the end, then you've got a heart of stone.
It's awash with sentimentality and some dodgy Welsh accents, but how could you not give this rare film - and its message - five stars?
(*Irony alert! Although it's nice to see the five star reviews from publications like the Mail and Express splashed across the DVD cover, it's also hard to forget how they treated the subjects of this "indescribably wonderful" film back in the day ...)
Nichole Reply to on 2 August 2018
No spoilers in this review.

I married into a staunch labour mining family and moved to a major pit area. This film brought back so many memories ... the countryside where even the grass is tinged with a shade of black, the supportive communities where the highs and lows of life are met in 'solidarity', and the unique culture that was decimated by the closing of the pits. The scene of the police minibuses queuing to get off the motorway was one I saw everyday driving to work.

But I didn't know about the support given to the miners by the Gay community. This film sensitively shows the oppressions of the times to groups who find themselves on the 'other side' of the social thinking of the period, and how acceptance and respect can unite people who have (at the same time) so little and so much in common. The questions the miners ask their gay visitors about their lifestyle, though at first seeming 'light-hearted' scenes, on reflection are very telling about genuine interest without prejudice. I wish I had known and appreciated this part of my 'heritage' at the time. The film also shows how strong and caring Gay people are, as individuals and as a group, to themselves and others; and the wisdom having to 'survive' and be true to themselves has given them.

A great cast, fantastic film shots, and stories that show the life of the times from differing angles make this an enjoyable but thought provoking film. It is one I will no doubt watch again and again and still recall a 'forgotten' memory; or notice something new about myself, other people, or the film and it's characters. For example, how liberating being caring and positive is, compared with the 'down-grinding strangulation' that is prejudice and negativity.
Mondoro Reply to on 27 September 2015
Do not be put off this film by the fact that it treats important social issues from the 20th century. Yes it tackles important issues but it is heart warming,full of warm characters [it is based on real people!] and the story has some funny as well as deeply moving moments. It is one of the very few films I have watched twice and I am sure I shall watch it again. Certainly if I was still teaching [I'm retired] I would use it in a seminar group as it conveys the atmosphere of the Miner's Strike and Gay Issues far better than any history book or lecture ever could. The miner's and their families are warm everyday people facing up to a difficult situation with pride and courage. Even though coal mines were not good places to work the people who worked there had self respect and were proud of the work they did. The film really highlights the damage the destruction of this industry has done entire communities. It is hard from this distance to remember [or even to believe] just how badly Gay people were still being treated in the later part of the 20th century and this film illustrates this without any self pity but with humour and dignity. I am now worried that I may have made the film sound pious and boring which it most certainly isn't! I highly recommend it - and would not be surprised if having watched it once you will want to watch it again and share it with your friends!
D W J Hopkins
D W J Hopkins Reply to on 11 September 2016
Having grown up gay in the 1980's, this films blend of humour and reality brings back memories, particularly of my Dad who grew up working the mines in Abertillery. His comment after my mother dragged me downstairs to be taught the evils of homosexuality was,
" Gay is it? I see. Best get on with it then."
I love this film
jess Reply to on 27 November 2017
This is a brilliant film so typical of the gritty drama that British films come up with. Think the Full Monty; it is what it is , no frills or fuss , no special effects or amazing locations, with a good slice of British humour thrown in ; just a plain re-telling of how some of the lesbian and gay community supported the miners in the days of the strikes. What occurs is some wonderfully moving stories of friendships and the interaction between the two groups. All based on a true story. No spoilers but the ending is truly emotive. Loved it.
M. Knott
M. Knott Reply to on 31 August 2017
Really heartwarming and very funny, this film is great fun. It's also an interesting examination of how some things have changed for the better since the 80s - the advancement of gay rights - and some haven't - the demonisation of large sections of our community by the toxic right wing press and government.

Pride wears its political heart on its sleeve, so it won't be to everyone's taste. But for anyone who believes social justice is something worth standing up for, its message about the importance of different people uniting to support each other is uplifting and hopeful.
Steve Price
Steve Price Reply to on 8 April 2016
Perhaps the best British film of all time. A true and heartwarming story of two groups persecuted by a vicious and vindictive government, both groups enduring draconian legislation passed against them. Well the gay and mining communities are made of sterner stuff, rising above the hostility and combining to produce a story to restore your faith in humanity. I still find it hard to believe that an elected British government could have been so despicable but it was and thankfully it ended up destroying itself. This film will make you laugh, make you cry and for members of the gay and mining communities very, very proud. Just buy this DVD and celebrate a brilliant film and what decent human beings can achieve.
Petros Reply to on 12 January 2018
This is one of the most powerful movies about the Gay and Lesbian experience I have ever seen! And it's a true story about human beings. The incredible collision between Welsh Miners and a Gay and Lesbian political group is a story of tremendous emotional power! Through connection, vibration, passion, pain, unity, song, music, culture, dance and pure humanity, Pride surprises the viewer at every turn. The fact based story set in Thatcher's Britain in the 80's is about a group of Gay and Lesbians who supported the miners during a strike in a small rural town. The way the filmmakers build every scene is cinematic magic! One critic claims it to be the best British film in years and this is an understatement! The emotions in the film are raw, real and in many scenes give you the sense of discovery in such a beautiful way. 
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