Director: Matthew Warchus
Writer: Stephen Beresford
Cast: Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton, Dominic West, Paddy Considine
Studio: CBS Films

“Pride” is squarely in Billy Elliot territory. However, the film moves into showing signs of support from fringe groups within Thatcher era England. A group of homosexual young people decide to raise funds to support the miners striking Thatcher’s idiotic national policies that were depriving them of basic human rights. Unfortunately, a lot of the miners come from an era that isn’t keen on the gays. So, there’s a conflict over where the money that’s keeping them alive is coming from. People bond, people hate and in the end everyone learns that love is what matters.

What I appreciate about this film, is that it breaks from the standard fare that England seems to think Americans want to watch. We love a good inspirational story as much as the next Western superpower in decline. However, we need a dose of reality to go alongside it. The film is about love and loss. All the while, our lead character realizes what he needs to grow up and become a well-realized adult. Unfortunately, most of the adults in his life seem confused as to what they want and they pass their baggage onto him. What makes everything sadder is when you realize how many key figures from the struggle in 1984 didn’t quite make it to the present.

LGBTQ rights are a major issue and it’s nice to see that they’re given a proper historical framing on an international front. What makes this story so moving is that it allows rural outsiders, fringe groups and all points in-between to see that they have a shared goal. That goal being the ever-pressing desire to get the man’s foot of your neck. Working together through peaceful and communal means, allows these people to realize that they have a common enemy in an oppressive government that breaks every law in the book to silence them. Eventually, things work out in their favor. “Pride” is meaningful, unfortunately I don’t see it finding a large audience in America for quite some time.


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