Just last week we commented that the official Cannes lineup was lacking for LGBT content, though the then-unannounced sidebars could help make up for it. That certainly was the case with today’s announcement of the Director’s Fortnight program, which will close with the world premiere of Matthew Warchus’s “Pride.”
Based on the true story of a group of gay and lesbian activists who try to help a mining community, the film stars Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton, Dominic West, Andrew Scott and Paddy Considine and looks like a LGBT history take on the “uplifting comedic drama” genre that the Brits have been churning out nicely as of late. Or at least that’s certainly suggested by the official synopsis:
Set in the summer of 1984 – Margaret Thatcher is in power and the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) is on strike. At the Gay Pride March in London, a group of gay and lesbian activists decides to raise money to support the families of the striking miners. But there is a problem. The Union seems embarrassed to receive their support.
But the activists are not deterred. They decide to ignore the Union and go direct to the miners. They identify a mining village in deepest Wales and set off in a mini bus to make their donation in person. And so begins the extraordinary story of two seemingly alien communities who form a surprising and ultimately triumphant partnership.
Despite the potential for the oversentimental with a plot like that, we’re still kind of excited. Especially since the first image from the film is literally a laugh riot: