A somewhat new take on clash-of-cultures comedy, Pride is set during the National Union of Mineworker's strike of the early 1980s.
With whole communities facing hard times during the strike action, and with the miners themselves being much-maligned by the ruling government, a group of lesbian and gay activists take it upon themselves to raise money for the miners.
Being among the most stigmatised of social groups themselves they see a reflection of their situation in the treatment of the striking communities but when they take their offer of help to the National Union of Mineworkers there's a reluctance to accept it. Not put off by this they decide to go directly to a mining community, in particular one small village in Wales, and while they're far more receptive to the assistance shenanigans ensue when the locals and the lesbian and gay groups get to meeting one another.
Pride stars Imelda Staunton, Bill Nighy, Dominic West, Andrew Scott and Paddy Considine. It has 100% on Rotten Tomatoes and 7.2/10 on IMDB, won the Queer Palm award at Cannes and is based on the true story of one of the earliest chapters of Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners (LGSM). The film is directed by Matthew Warchus, who is now taking over from Kevin Spacey as director of the Old Vic.
I've spent the last day or so stalking film websites and for some reason all the showings of this that weren't outrageously priced were also really early compared to what I was hoping for.
In the end I've gone for the Barbican as it was the cheapest of the bunch (£11.50 for non-members, £9.20 for members). I am doing something immediately before though so while I can definitely get there for the showtime there will only be a very brief pre-meet this time but we will do the post-meet drink as usual, promise :-)
You can book your tickets here.
And or what it's worth - Barbican screen 1 is gorgeous, one of my favorites in London. I'd recommend coming just to see it ;-)
Those who have RSVP'd will receive full details the night before the event, and we'll aim to go on for a drink after the film.