535. Pride

535-prideBackground info

Title: Pride
Director: Matthew Warchus
Year: 2014
Run time: 1hr 59m

“Pride is inspired by an extraordinary true story. It’s the summer of 1984, Margaret Thatcher is in power and the National Union of Mineworkers is on strike, prompting a London-based group of gay and lesbian activists to raise money to support the strikers’ families. Initially rebuffed by the Union, the group identifies a tiny mining village in Wales and sets off to make their donation in person. As the strike drags on, the two groups discover that standing together makes for the strongest union of all…”

Live blog

2:57 – Gold carriage clock. So 80s. So Bullseye!
7:33 – Minor, miner. Different kind of minor.
9:32 – “It’s a support group not a skiffle band.”
12:30 – Amazing eighties jean turnups..
16:21 – L for… hi.
23:40 – Really loving the Welsh accents. Beautiful.
24:52 – Staple gun rage.
25:43 – Omg, ye olde Severn Bridge without the new one. Photoshop at work.
35:30 – “She’s finding her feet.”
39:42 – There are so many quotables in this film.
42:33 – The eighties may have got a lot wrong, but it definitely got disco right.
52:05 – Surely everyone knows not to mess with the bingo.
1:05:55 – Ugh, newspapers.
1:08:57 – OWN IT. A message I need to take on board.
1:13:46 – Love the sub-plot of the boys learning to dance.
1:18:00 – Russell Tovey!
1:45:21 – Loud hailers definitely don’t improve relationships with the neighbours.
1:45:55 – “Just get up here and sew something.” Not all love stories end that way.

Conclusions

I’ll be honest, we were expecting this to be a little bit BBC, and it had an element of that in spotting some of the famous faces (Russell Tovey alert). But actually, it was probably the best Lottery funded film we’ve seen. A really strong story, great characters, and such heart.

It surprised me that the 1980s could feel so alien from where we are now, but with the strikes and the politics, the anti-gay feeling and people working down the mines, there was a lot to take in – a lot to cram into two hours.

Very enjoyable movie with lots of good messages – value of friendship, tolerance, and generally being comfortable in your own skin. Own it!

Rating: 5/5.

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