Pride’ Recalls Alliance Between Gay Activists and Miners
From the NY Times:
While the yearlong strike by the National Union of Mineworkers is still widely remembered in Britain, as both a high point of Thatcherism and the beginning of the end of the country’s trade union movement, neither the creators of “Pride” nor its leading actors were aware of the helping hand from the gay coalition back then, they said in recent interviews. In salvaging this nearly forgotten footnote of history, the filmmakers could have easily allowed “Pride” to slide into sentimentality and liberal righteousness: “a story of goodies and baddies that just manipulated the audience,” as the film’s director, Matthew Warchus, put it.
Yet he and the film’s screenwriter, Stephen Beresford, were ruthless in stripping away mush. The script had some preachy lines that are not in the final cut, and Mr. Warchus — best known as a theater director for the hits “Matilda the Musical” and “God of Carnage” — also sought to avoid easy laughs from the strange-bedfellows plot, for instance, by asking the actors to drop their endearingly nervous grins in the scene where the gay activists arrive at the miners’ hall.
The result is a film that takes a light touch to its deeply political and heart-tugging content, instead offering a closely observed character study that comes by its tears honestly.”
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