Pride

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.

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  • Marion

    Thanks for organising, Michelle. A great movie with a stellar cast and I thought the young actors were able to hold their own. A piece of British history that I wasn't aware of, which makes it even better. And I would love to take dancing lessons from Dominic West, but then, who wouldn't? :)

    1 · September 17

  • paul

    Whoops,what I meant to say was I'd appreciate your feedback on my short film about one man's struggle to buy some haddock http://vimeo.com/user12647016/fishy-film

    September 14

    • TKR

      Hi I thought it was very well executed, very professional.

      September 17

  • Penny

    Hi, thanks for organising last night's event. I enjoyed the film and the evening!

    September 14

  • Madeleine

    hi thank you Michelle and Paul for organising the event! nice people and movie, see you next time!

    September 14

    • Michelle

      You're welcome! (It was actually Gavin that gave me a hand though :D)

      September 14

  • TKR

    Hi Last night was my first Meet Up experience and I really enjoyed it. Everyone was really friendly and it was a great film too. Thank you Michelle and Paul for all the organisation.

    September 14

  • Jackie

    What a great film! The Barbican is a bit of a maze, and this was my first meetup with this group, so I just watched the film and went home :(

    1 · September 14

    • Michelle

      That is the one downside of the Barb, sorry to hear you didn't find us :( we do usually have a longer pre-meet so there's usually more chance of finding people, I just wasn't able to do that on this occasion. Hopefully it'll work out better next time... Really glad you liked the movie though :-)

      September 14

  • paul

    It was wonderful to see you all. I'd appreciate your feed on the.do

    September 13

  • Bhavik

    Good movie great conversation.. Thanks Michelle..see you next time

    September 13

  • Vicky R.

    Great film. Sorry I couldn't stay for post film drinks. Hope I have a great one. Vx

    September 13

  • Michelle

    Meet up details have been sent. If you haven't relieved them by morning please check your spam filter and your meet up settings then let me know. I'll forward them to you :-)

    September 12

    • paul

      Hi Michelle,

      September 13

    • paul

      I've just signed up. Would you mind forwarding me the email too please? Many thanks

      September 13

  • Maria

    Hello all, got my ticket(F8). I am a first timer. See you there.

    September 13

  • Juan M.

    I'm on H10. Very excited to watch the movie !!

    September 13

  • Mio

    I have just booked the seat D14. I am looking forward to the film as well as seeing you all.

    September 13

  • TKR

    Hey that's great to see so many other newcomers will be there! I am in E4 so look forward to saying hello

    September 12

  • sarita

    Hi all.. booked seat E11 for tomorrow.. as this will be my very first time to this meet up group, wonder if you guys are planning on meeting somewhere bfore the movie? If so where? And as for the pub after the screening, do you have one in mine?..

    September 12

    • Michelle

      We'll be meeting just outside the screen tomorrow, and not for long as I had another arrangement and was hoping there would be a later showing. A confirmation email with full details will go out later tonight.

      September 12

  • Sabine

    All booked too! Seat F12

    September 12

  • Bhavik

    After all the hustle bustle and tussle, finally got E20. They say technology makes things better and I wonder :)

    September 12

  • Madeleine

    Hi, I'm also new in the group. We will be in E10 and E11. See you tomorrow

    September 12

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi! Also my first meet up with this group, will be F13 - i suppose pretty much close to where everyone else is seating.

    September 12

  • Maria V.

    Hi! I'm new to this group, but I'm coming to the movie with a friend - G15-G16. See you there!

    September 11

  • richard h.

    Will be seating in D10. Say hi!

    September 11

  • Darren

    All booked seat E17 hopefully see you all there.

    September 11

  • A former member
    A former member

    Booked F16

    September 11

  • Bhavik

    For some reason, the booking was cancelled :(. I think it doesn't like me :P. I will have to buy ticket at the gate, until someone can help me with the booking?

    September 11

  • Bhavik

    E8 booked ;)

    September 11

  • Rita W.

    I have to work Saturday now :(. I'm sorry, I'll have to see it another time!

    September 11

  • TKR

    Hi I am looking forward to my first ever Meet Up eek!

    September 11

  • Ezra

    Hi, I've booked my ticket as well - F15. See all of you there!

    September 11

  • Jackie

    Oh, wow, I'm glad I had a look at this :) i've just got E16.

    September 10

  • Sabrina

    hi Michelle - which seats have you gone for?

    September 10

    • Sabrina

      i meant, i have booked my ticket :) E row

      September 10

    • Michelle

      :) See you Saturday!

      September 10

  • Bhavik

    I did try booking but did not go through.. Anyone to help me with the bookign? I can either pay on the day or transfer immediately

    September 10

    • Michelle

      I'd offer but I'm going to be cutting it a little fine and wouldn't want you dependent on me. That said I know the Barb site pretty well... What was the issue?

      September 10

  • Bhavik

    Do I need yo book tickets?

    September 10

    • Michelle

      There might be some on the door but a few meets we've done lately have sold out so I'd recommend booking in advance.

      September 10

    • Bhavik

      Alright.. Ll do it right away

      September 10

  • sarita

    Hello

    September 10

  • Marion

    Booked - seat E13.

    September 10

  • Michelle

    Location and time have been updated :-)

    September 9

  • Bhavik

    Hopefully not far from east

    September 8

    • Michelle

      Unlikely, the forerunner right now is at the east side of zone 1 but is a little earlier than I'd planned so the pre-meet would be much shorter than usual (though we'd have the post-movie drink as normal). I'm waiting to hear back from one of the other organizers and on a couple of central cinemas releasing their schedules before finalising though.

      September 8

    • Bhavik

      Awesome

      September 8

  • Kate

    Just saw it in Swiss Cottage. Really enjoyed it. Have fun

    2 · September 8

  • Kate

    FYI there will be a showing at the Swiss Cottage Odeon next Monday, 8th, @ 7.30pm with an intro by a guy who has been doing these movies with intros and a drink and discussion after in the upstairs bar. I'm shall be going .

    September 2

    • Michelle

      There are a couple of events like that for this movie, actually. I try not to change the meet up date if possible, and especially not weekend to weekday so while the event is staying on the day it's listed for its cool that people for whom Swiss Cottage is convenient will have this option.

      September 2

  • Kate

    I mean I shall be going!

    September 2

  • Sarah

    Have we got a location decided?

    September 1

    • Michelle

      Alas as stated above there will be no location until tue/wed of next week when the cinema schedules come out for that weekend. As soon as it's decided I will update this here and post a comment, I promise :)

      September 2

  • sarita

    sounds the sort of movie love to see :)

    1 · September 1

  • Cath M.

    Fabulous - really want to see this film :)

    1 · August 28

  • Sarah

    I'm saying yes (will be first time with this meet up :) ) although having sky installed that day but hoping it will all be done and dusted so I can attend

    August 25

    • Michelle

      Hopefully :) I'm aiming in the[masked] slotish and I imagine they clock off earlier than that, right?

      1 · August 25

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