ANTONY SMITH 

"Your gays have arrived..."

 To mark the 30th anniversary of the 1984 UK Miner's Strike that held the nation in a depressive grip of Thatcher's Britain, Pride commemorates the revolutionary true story of an unexpected union of two groups whose story is relatively unknown.

A group of gay activists, operating from a London bookshop 'Gay's the Word', is spearheaded by the ambitious Mark Ashton (Ben Schnetzer) who is compelled to strengthen the voice of the LGBT community by joining forces with another cause he believes in: the plight of the miners. However, the National Union of Mineworkers are not so receptive to the idea of being associated with the gay collective so the clan decide to contact the Welsh Dulais Valley Lodge directly with the money they have raised on their behalf. It's only when Dai (Paddy Considine); a spokesman from the Onllwyn, South Wales mining community encourages Mark and his posse to come to the Lodge in person, albeit somewhat hesitantly, that the wheels of change are set in motion.

While each character has their shining moments, we mainly follow the fictionalised character of the young, wide-eyed Joe (George MacKay) as he is taken in by the formidable group to further emphasise the sense of community at the heart of the narrative. Despite the Welsh villagers and LGBT folk struggling to see eye-to-eye over their cultural differences at first, the Lesbian and Gays Support the Miners (LGSM) campaign is born.

Matthew Warchus directs this equally uplifting and poignant comedy-drama which boasts an impressive ensemble cast of recognisable British talent: Dominic Cooper, Andrew Scott, Bill Nighly, Joseph Gilgun and Imelda Staunton. You can't help but feel good about Pride; there are plenty of laugh-out-loud moments (especially with Gwen), tears of joy and sadness (notably for Gethin) and a great 80s soundtrack reflective of the era. Overall, this a swelling, inspirational movie that resonates the universal message of accomplishment over adversity. Everyone is welcome.

 5/5