The 1984 coal miners’ strike was disastrous for the National Union of Mineworkers, and for the miners themselves. Ironically, the crushing of the strike by the vile Margaret Thatcher has resulted in a series of feel-good movies like Brassed Off and, most famously, Billy Elliot. Now comes Pride, which opened in the UK this weekend, to unanimous raves.
It’s based on a true story: A group of London gay activists raised money to support the miners families, but the NUM refused the donation. The activists decided to choose a mining village in Wales, and make their donations directly.
Pride stars, among others, Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton, Dominic West, Paddy Considine, and Freddie Fox, which sort of confirms my long-standing belief that, at any given time, there are only about 50 British actors, and they appear in everything.
Pride opened in UK on 12 September 2014, and will open in the US on 26 September 2014.