For our second installment of Film Clip Friday, we move to the UK and share a story that reveals the power of solidarity. Pride is a 2014 film written by Stephen Beresford and directed by Matthew Warchus that dramatizes the true story of an unlikely alliance forged during the national miners’ strike of 1984-1985. During the strike the London based group Lesbians and Gays Support The Miners traveled to the Dulais Valley of south Wales, providing vital financial and moral support for the miners and their families.
The following year (1986), a delegation of Welsh miners travelled to London to participate in the annual Pride parade. Many historians credit this alliance between miners and London’s gay community as the catalyst that led to the Labour party’s support for gay rights. The film review site Rotten Tomatoes said “…uplifting without stooping to sentimentality, Pride is a joyous crowd-pleaser that genuinely works”.
We hope you enjoy the film.