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Freddie Fox, Ben Schnetzer, Faye Marsay, Joseph as Gilgun, Paddy Considine, and George Mackay in Pride

During the British coal miners' yearlong strike against Margaret Thatcher's government in 1984, one Welsh mining town got financial support from a surprising source: a London-based group of gays and lesbians who seemed to share little more than a mutual enmity toward the Iron Lady. Well, that and music. In the film, Dominic West's gay activist leads a rousing disco routine that gets the locals (including Imelda Staunton) on their feet. Director Matthew Warchus, veteran of stage hits like Matilda, grew up in a northern England mining community but admits he wasn't familiar with the true-life story until he read Stephen Beresford's script. ''There was a sense of disbelief and wonder,'' he says. ''How did we not know about it?''
Originally posted Aug 14, 2014 Published in issue #1325-1326 Order article reprints

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