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?
The coal miners' strike that began in March 1984 was regarded as illegal in England and Wales, as no national ballot was taken. (A ballot by the Scottish NUM meant that the strike was legal in Scotland.) See more
The scene where the activists are ignorant of the locations of the coal mines seems very unlikely, given that the names and locations of mines were mentioned on national news on a daily basis during the strike, and given that the Kent NUM had been raising funds in London from the start of the strike. See more
[singing in The Van Driving to Dulais
[to the Tune of "Solidarity Forever"
Every woman is a lesbian at heart/Every woman is a lesbian at heart/Every woman is a lesbian at heart...
You can't possibly say that every woman is a lesbian.
Because they're not! Esther Rantzen isn't a lesbian. My mum is not a lesbian.
How do you know?
How do I know my Mum's not a lesbian?
What he's trying to say is, you can't make grand, sweeping generalizations. It's not acceptable.
Bread & Roses
Written by James A. Oppenheim & Mimi Fariña
Performed by Bronwen Lewis
Published by Farina Music (ASCAP) See more