Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Pride



2014 British/French Feature

Cast: Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton, Dominic West, Paddy Considine, Andrew Scott, George MacKay, Joe Gilgun, Ben Schnetzer, Freddie Fox, Monica Dolan and Russell Tovey
Director: Matthew Warchus
Writer: Stephen Beresford

Synopsis:
In an unlikely alliance, striking British mineworkers draw support from a coalition of gay and lesbian activists who solicit donations to help tide over the miners' families during the 1984 standoff with Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's government.

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Ratings:
  • Internet Movie Database: 7.8/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 92% / Audience: 89%
  • Metacritic - Critics: 79% / Audience: 7.5%
  • OMG rating: 8/10
  • Movie Dearest rating: B+

Buy/Rent:
  • DVD/Blu-ray: Available
  • Soundtrack: Available



Trailer:


Awards:
  • BAFTA Award for Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer (Beresford and producer David Livingstone); also nominated for Alexander Korda Award for Best British Film and Supporting Actress (Staunton).
  • British Independent Film Awards for Best British Independent Film, Supporting Actor (Scott) and Supporting Actress (Staunton).
  • Cannes Film Festival Queer Palm Award.
  • GLAAD Media Award nomination for Outstanding Film - Wide Release.
  • Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Dorian Award for LGBTQ Film of the Year and Unsung Film of the Year; also nominated for Film of the Year.
  • Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical.
  • Movie Dearest Award for Movie of the Year.

Notes/Trivia:
  • Based on a true story, Pride depicts the beginnings of the Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners campaign, founded by activist Mark Ashton (played by Ben Schnetzer).
  • George MacKay's character Joe "Bromley" Cooper was created for the film to be the audience surrogate.
  • There are cameo appearances of the real people some of the characters are based on in the Westminster Bridge scene, including Ray Aller (Joshua Hill), Reggie Blennerhassett (played by Chris Overton), Mike Jackson (Joe Gilgun) and Gethin Roberts (Andrew Scott).
  • Played over the end credits, The Communards song "For a Friend" was written by Jimmy Somerville and Richard Coles in memory of their friend Mark Ashton.
  • Upon Pride's US home video release, it was reported that the DVD and Blu-ray covers of the film made no mention of the film's gay content. The film's standard description of "a London-based group of gay and lesbian activists" was reduced to "a group of London-based activists", and a lesbian and gay banner was removed from a photograph on the back cover.
  • A stage musical adaptation of Pride is currently in development.

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