From the TUC

Pride: a must-see film… Get free tickets here

15 Aug 2014, By Guest

Hilarious, tear-jerking, magnificent: all this, and a hymn to solidarity too. “Pride” is unique. Go see it, and remind yourself of why you are a trade unionist and why you believe in equality for all. You might also enjoy the sounds of the 80s (well, Bronski Beat anyway, in my case)!

To be a miner in 1984 was to be on strike in defiance of the vengeful government of Margaret Thatcher determined to smash the National Union of Mineworkers and willing to mobilise every weapon to win. To be LGBT in 1984 was to be part of a small community defiant in the face of popular hysteria whipped up by tabloid papers, subjected to treatment combining stereotyped ridicule with vicious physical attack, police and legal persecution and the imminent appearance of AIDS, then fatal and immediately described as the “gay plague.”

The film begins with a small group of gay (and one lesbian!) activists deciding to collect for the striking miners during the 1984 Pride march and going on to set up Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners. LGSM decide to deliver their collections direct to the miners on strike at Dulais in South Wales. LGSM and the South Wales mining community begin miles, and worlds, apart but by the end, and through a sometimes challenging journey made by both sets of people, a magnificent solidarity is forged: not just as the fight against a common enemy, but as people who share a common humanity and commitment to equality and justice.

I am a trade unionist, socialist and gay activist who was working throughout that time to win Labour movement support for LGBT equality. The film brought back sharp memories of just how awful things were, but also of how inspirational was the year-long battle to save the mining industry and the mining communities, and how much progress we made to win the battle for equality across the trade unions and Labour Party. LGSM played a major part in making LGBT rights part of the agenda of the trade union movement, it helped us win the first ever policy debates at TUC Congress and at Labour Conference in 1985. On these foundations were built the legal reforms of the Labour government from 1997 and the inclusion of LGBT policies and structures across the unions from the 1980s onwards.

A still image from 'Pride' film

Pride succeeds in bringing together politics and modern history with humour, emotion and real drama – there are many personal stories as well that develop through the film – through a splendid cast and a brilliant script. It encapsulates the key value of trade unionism: solidarity. It is inspirational. Don’t miss it.

Starring Bill Nighy, Andrew Scott, Imelda Staunton, Dominic West, Joseph Gilgun, Paddy Considine, George MacKay, Ben Schnetzer, Sophie Evans, Jessie Cave, Freddie Fox, Faye Marsay, Adrian Palmer, Lasco Atkins and Shane Salter.

Book a free screening!

Due to the popularity of bookings for the screening on the 9th September (fully booked) another free screening is now available on Thursday 11th September at Cineworld cinemas* across the country, at 6pm (for a 6.30pm start).

All you have to do to claim your free tickets (maximum 2 per person) is visit: https://www.showfilmfirst.com/pin/550404

*Participating cinemas: Cineworld – Basingstoke Festival Place, Bolton, Cheshire Oaks, Croydon Grants, Eastleigh, Gateshead Trinity Square, Glasgow Fort, Leeds Light, Manchester Lowry, Northampton, Sheffield, Thurrock.

14 Responses to Pride: a must-see film… Get free tickets here

  1. Kevin Morris
    Aug 15th 2014, 8:23 pm

    This looks like a great film and I look forward to watching it very soon.
    Nice that has been made.
    Kevin.

  2. Simon
    Aug 16th 2014, 2:14 pm

    Great news for the Scots and the English, but not a fat lot of use to Wales or Northern Ireland.

  3. gordon
    Aug 17th 2014, 12:54 am

    I grew up in the miners strike in the dulais valley and I played with the brass band through the valleys and on marches with the local brass band

  4. Max
    Aug 17th 2014, 5:17 am

    Any chance of getting this a screening over here in NYC?

  5. Chris Powell
    Aug 17th 2014, 5:54 pm

    As the treasurer of the Support Group featured in the film I am really looking forward to seeing the film. It seems to have captured the atmosphere of ’84,’85.
    We had some of our Gay Supporters staying with us and the “Vegetarian” bit comes from my first meeting with them! My response was “do you eat egg & chips”!
    Good, fond memories and I honestly believe WE (the enemy within) made a difference to the Gay & Lesbian cause.

  6. Steve Kaged
    Aug 30th 2014, 11:45 am

    I was 17 in 1984 and working for British Rail. I obeyed all the one day strikes organised by the NUR despite earning only £25 per week and me being the only breadwinner in the house. Being from South Wales too, I cannot wait to see this film.

  7. COL GILES
    Aug 30th 2014, 7:40 pm

    How can you have screenings on the Miners strike and not have a single one in the North East;do you think no-one here cares anymore? I see the greened over pit heaps of Wandsworth gets one.We’ll still go of course. Once a miner always a miner!

  8. susan
    Aug 30th 2014, 8:26 pm

    Disappointed that ‘across the country’ doesn’t include the north east. Hope to see it here if it goes national.

  9. Paul Winter
    Sep 4th 2014, 12:32 pm

    Looks even better than Brassed Off or Billy Elliot. Look at the picture though. The house on the right did well to have a satellite dish in 84!

  10. Alison Elsom
    Sep 4th 2014, 2:05 pm

    Looks spectacular. Can’t wait to see it. When is it coming to Perth, Australia?

  11. Paul Winter
    Sep 4th 2014, 5:03 pm

    Glad you’re in touch from down under Alison. What’s your connection with the orgreave? It’s great to have world wide support. Paul (OTJC)

  12. Brenda Murphy
    Sep 6th 2014, 12:25 pm

    Will this be coming to St. John’s, NL, Canada?

  13. Jeannie Garbett
    Sep 6th 2014, 1:13 pm

    Will this film be coming to Atlantic Canada??