Pride

Pride tells the true story of L.G.S.M. (Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners), a group formed in 1984, and the work it carried out to support the families of the striking miners. Standing on the streets and asking for spare change proves to only be half the battle for the London based group of LGBT friends however, as it soon becomes clear that even those seemingly in need of help are afraid of those that they view as different. A tiny welsh village in South Wales becomes the groups only way to support the families of those fighting battles that they recognise, against the press, government and police force.

Pride is one of the most wonderfully uplifting and inspiring films I’ve ever come across. Every single performance manages to be both funny and moving, with a cast boasting the likes of Bill Nighy, Dominic West and Imelda Staunton, as well as the cream of up and coming talent from the likes of George Mackay and Faye Marsay – it’s a real who’s who of great British actors. There have been stories of audiences breaking into applause as the film ends, a testament to how well the important message of the film is is told. A sprawling cast spread across two countries includes characters so well written that even those with only a few lines seemed important in their short screen time, and every single character either made me care or made me despise them.

When watching Pride, it really did seem like a million years ago that these negative views about the LGBT community were commonplace, as though the views of the 1980s were as outdated as the fashion. But I did in parts recognise the prejudiced views, had even heard them voiced in 2014. Films can change the world, even if they just change the way it looks to one person, and Pride is a wonderful enough film to do this. A film like Pride showing in cinemas today is a step in the right direction both for the film industry, and for the message that the film stands for.

Pride is in parts hilarious, heart-breaking, and inspiring. It is uplifting and if you don’t leave the cinema with both tears and a smile on your face then you shouldn’t take any pride in that.

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