Ya Gotta Have Pride

I attended a special screening of the new film Pride at the Paris Theatre this week. The film is fantastic! With a heartwarming story and a lot of pure soul, Matthew Warchus deftly directs this tale based on actual events about a group of U.K. gay activists who form a new organization to help members of the National Union of Mineworkers during their lengthy strike in the summer of 1984. Their relentless solidarity and support of the miners leads to some tense, interesting and entertaining interactions and perspectives.

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Cliff (Bill Nighy) and Dai (Paddy Considine) lead the strking miners.

The film simply oozes charm in the best way and places center stage the various characters that inhabit the world they’re playing in. Each person is fully fleshed out in the script and you really feel like you walk away knowing an entire community intimately.

Pride also skillfully balances multiple story lines that blend beautifully and provide nuance as well as a comprehensive view of the various ways of life found in the United Kingdom at the time.

The film makes it points in a thoroughly enjoyable fashion and is definitely worth seeing—it’s a human story for all. The release date is scheduled for September 26.