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article imagePride: First official trailer for Matthew Warchus movie (VIDEO)

By Mathew Wace Peck     Jul 2, 2014 in Entertainment
PRIDE: The first official trailer is out for Matthew Warchus's critically acclaimed film set during the UK's 1984 miners' strike.
Pride is set during the year-long 1984 miner's strike that saw British miners and their families pitched against the Tory government, which was led by the late Margaret Thatcher, who, at the time, were hell bent on destroying the British coal-mining sector. Even today, many have never forgiven her or the Tories for it.
Directed by Matthew Warchus, the film is based on the true story of how a group of gay-rights activists joined forces with the people from a small Welsh mining village.
The activists had been raising money to help the miners and their families — a decision they'd made while marching at the annual London Gay Pride — who were affected financially by being out of work for so long.
The most recent London Pride march took place last weekend (Saturday, June 28). An estimated 20,000 marchers took part, cheered on by a staggering 300,000 bystanders and well-wishers.
Those taking part included the actors Ian McKellen (Vicious), Charlie Condou (Coronation Street) and Sam Strike, the young man who portrays Johnny, the gay son of Mick Carter (Danny Dyer) in EastEnders.
The singers singer Sam Bailey (The X-Factor) and Conchita Wurst also took part, with Ms Wurst performing her 2014 Eurovision Song Contest-winning number, "Rise Like A Phoenix," to the ecstatic crowds.
However, back in the day, general public support for gay rights was more circumspect. When those of 1984 tried to donate the money to the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), they found the organisation reluctant to accept their, due to the union's public relations worries about being openly associated with a gay group!
"Thanks, bach!"
Undeterred, the gay men and women decided to hand over their donations directly to the families themselves, choosing a small village in Wales. This led to a successful alliance between the local people and the gay-rights activists — which was virtually unheard of in Britain at the time; the era being dominated by a Thatcherite homophobic air fuelled by the late Prime Minister's infamous anti-gay Section 28 legislation and the downright nasty and sensational right-wing gay-unfriendly tabloid stories of the time.
Pride (1984)
Pride (1984)
Earlier this year, Pride was chosen to close Director's Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival, where it received critical acclaim.
As reported by IMDb News, the film "prompted a standing ovation almost as long as the movie itself, eliciting whoops, cheers and tears from all and sundry."
A Pathé film, it stars a Who's Who of British acting talent, including Bill Nighy (Love, Actually), Dominic West (The Wire), Imelda Staunton (Psychoville), Andrew Scott (the Sherlock actor who himself came out publicly as gay in 2013), Paddy Considine (The Suspicions of Mr Whicher), George McKay (Birdsong), Monica Dolan (Sightseers), Sophie Evans (Over the Rainbow), Freddie Fox (The Shadow Line) and Joe Gilgun (Misfits).
Pride is due to hit UK cinemas on Friday, September 12, 2014.
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