Cannes Directors’ Fortnight closer “Pride,” directed by Tony-winning stager Matthew Warchus, has its first trailer from CBS Films. This true tale of gay activism in the time of Margaret Thatcher stars Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton, Dominic West and Paddy Considine and will hit theaters September 19.
And what better time? Gay rights are getting their due on screens big and small, from HBO’s doc “The Case Against 8” to Roland Emmerich’s upcoming period drama “Stonewall.” It’s inspiring to see the same filmmaking efforts going on across the pond. Critics are unanimously praising “Pride,” which is destined to find an audience in the US. (It won the Queer Palm at Cannes this year.)
Trailer below, and here’s the synopsis:
It’s the summer of 1984, Margaret Thatcher is in power and the National Union of Mineworkers is on strike, prompting a London-based group of gay and lesbian activists to raise money to support the strikers’ families. Initially rebuffed by the Union, the group identifies a tiny mining village in Wales and sets off to make their donation in person. As the strike drags on, the two groups discover that standing together makes for the strongest union of all.