By Kate Birch
Fellow Queers, Allies and “those that are yet undecided”, this movie is an absolute must watch for LGBTQ+ History Month.
Based on true events; Pride follows an outcasted group of friends based in London at the beginning of the 1984 miner’s strike, who form the activist and fundraising group ‘Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners’. Two demographics that couldn’t be more different; a small Welsh mining village, and an eccentric group of gays and lesbians – with one thing in common; they’re being tyrannised by the government, press and police.
A key piece of Queer British history, of which two working class and queer communities were at the forefront; this unlikely friendship proved pivotal to the adoption of LGBT rights in mainstream politics. Pride showcases solidarity at its finest, a true story of how two divergent groups learned to understand, support and show up for each other, despite how the rest of the world viewed them.
Featuring a stellar soundtrack including Queen, Bronski Beat and Soft Cell, and the garishly loud fashion of the 80s, Pride also showcases the very best of 80s pop culture. Just the cherry on top of this unconventionally brilliant movie.
Zany, hilarious and so wonderfully gay; Pride is an indispensable part of Queer history and film. The forgotten perspectives of two marginalised communities are given the limelight, proving that we all have a lot more in common than we may think. Pride makes me laugh, smile, and bawl my eyes out every time I watch it; one of the best Queer films of the last decade. Make sure to add it to your watchlist this month.
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