The North of 7 Film Fest protests the winter blahs with the screening of the riotous film “Pride” on Jan. 13.
In this newly released film from the UK, we’re transported back to Margaret Thatcher’s iron-fisted rule over Britain that prompted waves of political protest. “Pride” lands us right in the middle of an amazing response that occurred in 1984 when Welsh coal miners and London lesbians and gays found a common cause.
“Pride” boldly tells the story of this unlikely alliance led by out and proud Mark (Ben Schnetzer). With the help of his compatriots, more interested in partying than protesting, they form the group Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners. The joy of the film comes in waves of warmth and humour as the miners accept this bold, loud and colourful new support.
Some of the Welsh need to address their homophobia and some of the activists need to address their egos but the film captures an absolute feeling of glory as two disparate groups join forces to show their pride.
Film goers should expect to clap, fist-pump and shed a few tears before the film comes to an end. “Pride” screens at the Village Playhouse in Bancroft on Jan. 13 at 4:15 and 7pm. Tickets are $10 and all proceeds go to support the work of Hospice North Hastings.
The bar is open before each screening so drop by early to visit with other film fans. This is an age of majority event.