Pride — DVD review

A true story on the solidarity gays and miners forged in the face of shared demonisation by government, police and press

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Directed by Matthew Warchus, 2014

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A gaggle of gays and lesbians pitch up in a Welsh village with funds they have raised for miners during the strike of 1984-85.

The locals, wary at first of the “perverts” from London, are soon won over by Imelda Staunton’s marvellous Welsh matriarch — and by Dominic West’s disco dancing.

There is lots of 1980s pop, especially Bronski Beat, along with a “Small Town Boy” subplot.

Firmly in the mould of Brassed Off and The Full Monty, the serious point to be made here is the solidarity that gays and miners forged in the face of shared demonisation by government, police and press.

Is it crowd-pleasing? Yes. Are there implausible set pieces? Maybe.

But it’s a true story, and that will be enough to bring a lump to many throats.

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