Friday, 12 September 2014

Film Review: Pride

BBC Films
Released in UK Cinemas: Friday 12th September 2014

Think Billy Elliot, think Made In Dagenham - Matthew Warchus' new movie, Pride, is a film about standing up for what you believe in. We've all seen films or shows set in the 80s about the miners' strikes or HIV and Aids, but Pride - which is written by Stephen Beresford - takes things one step further by bringing two totally different communities together.

Based on a true story, Pride follows a group of lesbians and gays who decide they want to raise money to help families affected by the 1984 miners' strike. Naming themselves 'Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners', the group soon struggle to find a union and community to support as it seems nobody wants to be associated with them.

Things eventually head in the right direction when they contact a small mining village in Wales. Some embrace the two communities being brought together whilst other locals are less than impressed. Pride is packed full with ups and downs. Its heart-warming message is incredibly inspiring, the girl sat next to me at the screening was crying so much I almost offered her a tissue. I can assure you they were tears of joy and happiness, proving just how powerful a well performed story with heart can be. 

A whole host of theatre stars pop up throughout the film, from Over The Rainbow runner-up Sophie Evans to the legendary Imelda Staunton. It is Staunton who provides one of the strongest performances as a feisty Welsh woman called Hefina. The funniest scenes involve Hefina and some of her Welsh friends enjoying a ‘gay night out’ in London – it is utter comical genius.

The entire cast are all strong, with Bill Nighy, Andrew Scott, Dominic West, George MacKay, Jessie Cave and Jessica Gunning all shining throughout. A comedy with a message, Pride is exactly the kind of film which should be produced in 2014. 

Reviewed by Andrew Tomlins (Editor)

Pride is in cinemas now.

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