Pride (movie) - when Welsh miners and gay activists teamed up to fight Thatcher

Discussion in 'protest, direct action and demos' started by dynamicbaddog, Aug 30, 2014.

  1. dynamicbaddog

    dynamicbaddog Well-Known Member

  2. Mr.Bishie

    Mr.Bishie Well-Known Member

    Looking forward to seeing this :) Shame we haven't a cineworld in Brighton!

    e2a: we have a cineworld but it's not showing!
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  3. William of Walworth

    William of Walworth Festographer

    We're getting offers of free tix from PCS, but none of the relevant showings/venues seem to apply to anywhere near us :hmm: ... will check again properly tomorrow.
  4. marty21

    marty21 One on one? You're crazy.

    Will go to see this, I was living in Swansea during the miner's strike and collected money in a bucket outside the Quadrant shopping centre for the Student Union to give to the miners. Tbh, I don't remember the gay support for the strike, so this will be interesting to see.
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  5. tufty79

    tufty79 1979-2015. R.I.P.

    Might bob over to bradford for this - cheers for the heads up.
  6. gamerunknown

    gamerunknown Well-Known Member

    Miners' strike was before I was around, but I thought this picture was quite iconic.
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  7. ddraig

    ddraig dros ben llestri

  8. Belushi

    Belushi 01 811 8055 R.I.P.

    I'll be going; it's all about my valley :thumbs :
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  9. sojourner

    sojourner Where's me readers?

    Yeh, really wanna see this - all free tix have well gone though!
  10. Monkeygrinder's Organ

    Monkeygrinder's Organ Dodgy geezer swilling vapid lager

    Ah, too slow for the free tickets. THe film looks good though.
  11. dynamicbaddog

    dynamicbaddog Well-Known Member

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  12. friendofdorothy

    friendofdorothy it is so much worse than Thatcherism now

    I'm looking forward to this. I recall going to various 'Coal not Dole' benefits and I recall LGSM collecting regulary at the Fallen Angel (was that where they met or was it just a regular benefit night- I cant remember now.) Miners used to come to London - I recall them shaking buckets at rush hour in Oxford Circus, when Thatcher was busy destroying the North and most londoners had no idea or didn't care what was going on

    I remember being reduced to tears by a welsh miners wife who spoke on the main stage at London Pride in Jubilee Gardens (in 1985?) she said something about having no idea what lesbians and gays were when they first contacted them - but how she would be proud if a child of hers come out to her as lesbian or gay. She was an ordinary woman from the valleys who had never given a speech before the strike - but she was eloquent and it was emotional message. Non of this sort of stuff made the mainstream media back then.
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  13. editor

    editor hiraethified

    This film looks ace. Even my Mum wants to see it!

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  14. editor

    editor hiraethified

    This is some review. I really want to see this now. Anyone know where it's showing in London?

  15. editor

    editor hiraethified

    Here's some ace archive footage:

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  16. editor

    editor hiraethified

    I've edited the thread title seeing as the free tickets have gone.

    The more I read about this story the more amazing it is. Listen to this speech from a miner at 'Pits and Perverts ' fundraiser in London:
    Fantastic solidarity.


    "LGSM members and miners dancing at the welfare hall in the Dulais Valley, Wales"
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    ATOMIC SUPLEX Member Since: 1985 Post Count: 3

    Looks pretty feel good.
  18. friendofdorothy

    friendofdorothy it is so much worse than Thatcherism now

    editor that was a real blast from the past! I recognised the bar at the London L &G centre (cowcross st) and the Fallen Angel, the banners and marches I even saw an old friend who I didn't even know was in Lesbians against Pit closures group.

    Then Thatcher squeezed the miners harder, and they lost. She closed our coal industry to prove a point aginst trade unions. Then she introduced clause 28. God the 80s were shit - but the music was good.
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    ATOMIC SUPLEX Member Since: 1985 Post Count: 3

    I was not being sarcastic, it looks like a great film. Even as a kid I followed the strike and hated Thatcher. I like the positive feel the trailer gives of the struggle of both oppressed groups coming together. I will prepare my heart to be warmed as new generations are hopefully educated.
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  20. friendofdorothy

    friendofdorothy it is so much worse than Thatcherism now

    Sorry didn't think you were sarcastic - just felt like a rant against Thatcher, as I often do. It's hard to be nostagic about the 80s without recalling the oppression and misery. Sorry if I've spoilt the ending for anyone...
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    ATOMIC SUPLEX Member Since: 1985 Post Count: 3

    You spoilt nothing, a rant against thatcher is never wasted.
    Still love the music , still hate the down fall of modern Britain. Many positives came in the 80s though. If the consumerism negatives had not outweighed the good stuff, things might even be cool now.
  22. shygirl

    shygirl Well-Known Member

    I've booked for the Q & A showing at the Lexi on 5 September, can't wait! Thanks for posting dynamicbaddog.
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  23. The39thStep

    The39thStep Well-Known Member

    We have had this conversation before .i remember this so well.
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  24. farmerbarleymow

    farmerbarleymow Seagull + Chips = Happy Seagull

    I'll have a look to see if this is showing in Manchester. :)
  25. Belushi

    Belushi 01 811 8055 R.I.P.


    :thumbs :
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  26. treelover

    treelover Well-Known Member

    for people on benefits now, one can argue it is much much worse now

    film looks great, even it it is just a microcosm of the times,
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  27. lazythursday

    lazythursday Well-Known Member

    Thanks dynamicbaddog for posting this - managed to get tickets to the Bradford showing. The reviews of this are all 100% positive except for some nasty piece in the Telegraph (Brendon O'Neill - is he Spiked / RCP?). I remember the strike period vividly as a 12 year old living in a midlands coalfield where views were very polarised UDM/NUM and got involved in some LGSM work in the early 90s in a later wave of pit closures. The fact that we were welcomed onto marches etc in Newton-le-Willows with very few eyebrows raised bears testament to the hard work done by activists ten years earlier.
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  28. ddraig

    ddraig dros ben llestri

    be really really interested to see your argument on this
  29. ddraig

    ddraig dros ben llestri

    bbc bit
  30. treelover

    treelover Well-Known Member


    "Mike Jackson, Co-founder of Lesbian and Gays Support the Miners LGSM at the premiere of the film 'Pride' - very proud that Mike is a member of Left Unity alongside many others from that important support campaign."
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