Magazine article New Internationalist

Pride

Magazine article New Internationalist

Pride

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Pride (120 minutes)

directed by Matthew Warchus

At heart, this is an oldas- the-hills love story - or stories - as love grows from diffidence and suspicion, overcomes hostility and hardship, and finally, triumphantly, brings everyone happily together. It tugs at the heart-strings, turns on the waterworks, but is gritty and grounded and may bring you to both tears and cheers.

Set during the UK 1984-85 Miners' Strike, this is the stirring and convincing, reallife based story of the coming together of a group of lesbian and gay activists and a striking south Wales mining community. There are touches of cliché and an excruciating kitschy singalong. But the film so deftly sketches the life stories of a great cross-section of characters and so well connects the personal with the political, that the theme of empathy and solidarity carries all before it.

It draws on 'kitchen-sink' realism, earthy humour, and character acting, with well-known actors in leads and locals as locals. …

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