MTV Review | Pride
“Dai, your gays are here….!” Check out our verdict on this must-see British film...
UK Release Date: September 12
Running Time: 114 mins
Cast: Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton, Dominic West, Paddy Considine, Andrew Scott, George MacKay, Joseph Gilgun , Ben Schnetzer, Faye Marsay
Director: Matthew Warchus
Plot: Set thirty years ago (1984/5) this film is based on a true story (80 % true, 20% artistic licence). A group of gay and lesbian activists decide to raise money in support of the striking miners and found LGSM - Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners. Unable to get their early donations accepted by the miners' union, they set off in an old minibus to a remote village in Wales to hand over the money in person, which is the start of various battles and unlikely friendships.
Best Scene: Too many to mention, but one of the most memorable one is Dominic West dancing in the Welsh Miners club to “Shame, Shame, Shame” …and winning over the natives.
Best One Liner: “Yes, that’s right we’re just off to Swansea for a massive Les-off ”, Imelda Staunton’s character in the donated mini bus which sports the inscription 'Lesbians and Gay Men support the Miners' after being asked by another driver – “So, are you a Lesbian, love?”
Date Movie or Mate Movie?: Date AND Mate movie – it’s an all round must see film..
Scene Stealer: Ben Schnetzer (The Book Thief) as Mark Ashton, the charismatic LSGM leader.
WTF Moment: The realisation just how far we have come in 30 years in terms of gay rights– yes, there are still plenty of things wrong in the world, but, boy, it’s so much better now than it was then…!
Summary: Miners’ strike, Homophobia, AIDS, politics – not really the subject matters that make you expect a film that is genuinely funny. But Pride pulls it off. It makes you laugh out loud, it moves you to a tear or two, and when you leave the cinema you feel a better person for having seen this amazing story brought to life. Brilliant script writing and an amazing ensemble cast ensure that this film hits just the right notes.
It won the Gay Palm d’Or – which is of course well deserved – but this film is so much more than “just a gay” film. It’s a smart, feel good film with a very big heart.
By Petra Schwimmbeck @MTVUK