Award-winning director, Matthew Warchus brings us a tear-jerking, laughter-inducing film which shines light on the LGBTQ community. Based on the true story of lesbian and gay activists supporting miners during the lengthy British miners’ strike in 1984, this film retells the tale with ballsy humour and drama. The film kicks off with “Your gays have arrived!”, so it’s safe to assume you will be nothing less than entertained.
Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners (LGSM) is lead by Mark Ashton (Ben Schnetzer) in order to raise money for the miners. The Union of Mineworkers, however, are reluctant to take the money from LGSM in fear of being openly associated with the gay group. As their final string of hope, the LGSM turn to the small mining community of Ollwyn, Wales where they offer their donations directly. As the they say, you know you’re in Wales when the town name has no vowels– which is utterly false given that vowels include a e i o u and “sometimes y”. The LGSM movement began with the employment of the humble bucket. What flourished into a touching and unique relationship between both parties is fueled by the genuine connection felt between both oppressed groups and their will to reach out to those in need.
The cinematography celebrates the vibrant street scene of London in sharp contrast with the mediocre greyness of the small village of Ollwyn. The costumes and hair seen on-screen screams the 80s with nothing short of flamboyant parachute pants and tacky lady mullets.
Beyond the plot, you will fall in love with the lively characters of the film. With each turn of the plot, we come to discover each of their stories: from Joe Copper’s (George MacKay) coming-out story to Sian’s (Jessica Gunning) struggle to find her voice in the Ollwyn community, your heart strings will be plucked. Pride will take you on a ride and leave you with goose bumps and surge of inspiration.
The film was first released at the famed, Cannes Film Festival and made it’s way across the Atlantic to Vancouver theatres. It is now available in select theaters, so check it out!