Upon arriving in the small Welsh town, the local people weren’t quite as sure as they had been on the phone about associating themselves with the outcasts from London, but money was money, and the social boundaries soon began to blur as they found commonality in their efforts and causes. “PRIDE” is a wonderful movie about life in the 1980’s including the music and the challenges.I attended the red carpet premiere here in New York City and the director, producer, and some of the actors were in attendance. At the end of the film, three of the actual people depicted in the movie had flown in from the UK to attend the special event. In the UK, when the AIDS epidemic began, as people were diagnosed with the disease, they were assigned a case number beginning with #1. One of the gay men depicted in the movie was #2, the second person in the UK to be diagnosed, and now he is in his 60’s and attended the screening.
The most heartening theme of this film is the fact that due to the support that the gays and lesbians provided to help the miners survive during the long exhausting strike and lockout, when the issues of gay rights came up in the British Parliament, the representatives from the various mining districts across Britain were very supportive and instrumental in getting the gay rights legislation approved by Parliament.
The video below is actual recorded footage from 1984 showing the real people involved in the G.L.S.M. movement and the miners and their wives from Wales.
“PRIDE” opens at theaters in New York and Los Angeles this weekend and will open on more screens across the country as interest grows. Please post your comments below!
Jonathan Blake (Dominic West) Mark Ashton (Ben Schnetzer)