Every now and again a film, book or song comes along and something about it completely changes the way you see things, making you think about things in an entirely different light or inspiring you in a way you never imagined. On Saturday just passed me and some friends went to see new film Pride, expecting a funny and inspiring film set around the principles that we, as Labour and Union activists, hold dear. Yet what we actually saw and experienced was well above these expectations, hitting us in a massive away and leaving us with a tremendous sense of pride and determination, stirring our souls and passion.
Set during the 1984 miners strike the film tells of the role that the LGBT movement played in the industrial action, explaining it in a humorous and heart warming style. As a community that had themselves faced a great amount of prejudice and injustice in the face of both the police and government, the LGBT community spotted a common plight between the two campaigning groups and set out to help the fight. In the face of reluctance from the miners, and even their own community, the Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners movement was formed. It’s goals were simple, to raise money and offer support to the striking miners.
Pride represents the power of solidarity while cleverly showing how far society has come and yet at the same time it reminds you of the great deal work that we still have to do. Everyone should see this beautiful, subtly funny film and experience the emotions that come with being involved in something so important. As a member of the Labour Party and of Unite the Union, I’m lucky enough to feel them every day.
Pride is the funniest, most inspiring and downright powerful film that I have ever seen and is more of an event than simply an enjoyable blockbuster. An unlikely and somewhat unexpected gem of the cinema, this film could quite easily be the film of the century and yet it could also be more than this, it could quite literally change your life. The 1980s might seem like a long time ago but with a Conservative led government determined to take the country back in time and reopen previously healed wounds, the struggles are as relevant as ever.