Genre: Comedy, Drama
Director: Matthew Warchus
Starring: Bill Nighy, Andrew Scott, Dominic West, Imedla Staunton, Ben Schnetzer, Paddy Considine
This film was a bit of an eye-opener for me because I actually had no previous knowledge of this event – I really only went to see it based on the trailer and the great cast (translation: I only went to see it because Ben Schnetzer is in it) but I was pleasantly surprised at how informative it was. Based on true events, Pride is the story of a group of gay and lesbian activists who start to raise money in order to help the Welsh miners who were on strike in the summer of 1984. They form a close bond with members of the Welsh community and work tirelessly to raise money and help them in their time of struggle. Forming unlikely friendships along the way and bringing people from all different walks of life together the gays and the miners demonstrate what it’s like to be a true community.
Now going into this film with a completely open mind about what was to come worked in my favour because it had all the ingredients for a proper British Comedy Drama put in place. The cast was absolutely fantastic – a real mix of young, old, familiar and upcoming actors made a real treat to watch. Bill Nighy and Imedla Staunton were incredible, as expected and Ben Schnetzer who played group “leader” Mark Ashton was such a pleasure to watch and see in a more central role. His part was effortless and his potential as an actor shined through. It was also nice to see some other familiar faces such as that of Joseph Gilgun and Jessie Cave.
Despite it being funny and a highly entertaining film, above all, it shows the incredible power of groups of people coming together to help each other. Due to the unlikely bonds which form throughout, Pride proves that when we come together, human beings really do have the power to make a difference – however big or small, to those close to you and even those you’ve never even met. As well as the central story, the film also focuses on how far we have to come in terms of gay rights; demonstrated well in a particularly moving scene when young Joe (played by George MacKay) has to come out to his parents. I don’t know much about the political side of this film but I do know that it was immensely warm and uplifting, emotional and a real eye-opener – Pride is up there on the feel-good films of 2014.