In 1984 20 year old closet gay Joe hesitantly arrives in London from Bromley for his first Gay Pride march and is taken under the collective wing of a group of gay men and Lesbian Steph, who meet at flamboyant Jonathan and his Welsh partner Gethin's Soho bookshop. Not only are gays being threatened by Thatcher but the miners are on strike in response to her pit closures and Northern Irish activist Mark Ashton believes gays and miners should show solidarity. Almost by accident a mini-bus full of gays find themselves in the Welsh village of Onllwyn in the Dulais valley and through their sincere fund raising and Jonathan's nifty disco moves persuade most of the community that they are on the same side. When a bigot tries to sabotage the partnership with a tabloid smear Mark turns it back on her with a hugely successful benefit concert to which most of the villagers, now thoroughly in tune with their gay friends, turn up. The miners are defeated and return to work but at the Pride march ...
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Based on the inspirational true story.
Did You Know?
Some of the actual people depicted in the movie make cameo appearances in the Westminster Bridge scene: Reggie Blennerhassett and Ray Aller (played by Chris Overton
and Joshua Hill
), Gethin Roberts (played by Andrew Scott
), Gethin's Mum (played by Olwen Medi
), Mike Jackson (played by Joseph Gilgun
) and Ray Goodspeed (not directly portrayed in the movie but a leading light in LGSM). See more
When Mark Ashton proposes the founding of LGSM, he holds up a newspaper with the front page showing an iconic photograph of a mounted policeman about to strike a woman. This was taken by John Harris at the so-called "Battle of Orgreave". Although subsequently famous, the photograph was still obscure in June 1984, when the scene is set. See more
The thing is I'm actually from Bromley.
Well, don't worry about that. We're a broad church.
Featured in Projector: Pride
You Can't Hurry Love
Written by Brian Holland
, Eddie Holland
(as Edward Holland Jr.), and Lamont Dozier
Performed by Phil Collins
Published by EMI Music Publishing LTD
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp
By Arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing and Virgin EMI Records LTD
Under Licence From Universal Music Operations LTD See more