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