Pride: New Film About Gay Pride Activists Supporting 1984 Miners

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Actor Bill Nighy who stars in “Pride”

Pride, a film about gay pride activists who supported British miners’ families in 1984, is due to be released next month.

The British film, which won a Queer Palm Award at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, stars Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton, Dominic West and Paddy Considine (See trailer below).

The film is based on a true story, which follows a group of LGBT activists during 1984, who decided to help out the families of miners who were striking because of Thatcher’s policies. These policies were aimed at usurping the authority of unions, in this case, the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM).

The LGBT activists began to raise money to help the famillies in what was the start of the Lesbians & Gays Support Support The Miners campaign. However, the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) was reluctant to align itself with the LGBT activists due to what the union perceived as a possible public relations problem, so the activists took the funds raised directly to a Welsh village.

The film, directed by Matthew Warchus and written by Stephen Beresford, is due to be released in the UK in September 2014.

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