Pride

Pride

Being the modern man that I am the idea of going to the newly opened Arthouse cinema in Crouch End to watch a film about gays, lesbians and miners at their parent and baby cinema screening isn’t something that fazes me.

This week’s film was Pride, a true story based on the miners strikes in the ‘80s and a group of lesbians and gays that found similarities in their struggles and decided to raise money to support a small mining community in deepest darkest Wales – not by choice, the majority of the mining communities didn’t want their money for fear of the embarrassment it would cause.

I’ll be honest, it wasn’t a film that topped my must-see list but you don’t get to choose what’s on at these baby cinema events. Besides, Kate had seen it the week before and said she’d enjoyed it and assured me I would too, she’d even been moved to tears and that never happens.

Arriving at the cinema I made my first faux-pas by accidentally jumping the queue and heading straight to the counter, shortly after I noticed a neat line of mums all giving me the evil eye and then the penny dropped and I made my way to the end of the line.

Ticket and coffee purchased, Ivy and I found our way to the small but perfectly formed screen and an aisle seat – I need the leg room – ready for the trailers. A Greek film called Commitment looked awful but Ida appeared to have won every award going so should be one to look out for once it’s released.

Onto the main event and Pride begins with a gay pride march in London in the mid-eighties. I immediately recognised Woody (or Joe Gilgun as he’s known in the real world) from This Is England playing one of the lead characters, Mike. From there we’re introduced to the rest of the cast, we see how they come to support the Welsh miners' cause and the difficulty they have finding a mining community willing to take the money they’ve raised.

Along the way there are struggles against the police, prejudice and ignorance but it’s a heart-warming tale told with sensitivity and minimal cliche. The cast is stellar; Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton, Dominic West all have starring roles and I did notice a cameo appearance from Erasure's Andy Bell (albeit uncomfirmed by five minutes of Google searching) as the doorman at a gay club that gets overrun by drunken Welsh housewives.

I’ll admit that, like Kate, I too was moved to tears but I cry over those adverts for dog charities so my blubbing threshold is pretty low. Joking aside, I enjoyed Pride, it’s an interesting tale that’s well shot and acted with just the right mix of humour and seriousness.