Tony award-winning Matthew Warchus’s latest film, Pride, has people sitting on the front of their seats… and the film has not even premiered yet. No wonder it’s been likened to be the next Billy Elliot.
This British culture-clash comedy is set in the summer of 1984 — Margaret Thatcher is in power and the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) is on strike. At the Gay Pride March in London, a group of LGBT activists decides to raise money to support the families of the striking miners. But there is a problem: The Union seems embarrassed to receive their support.
But the activists are not deterred. They decide to ignore the Union and go direct to the miners. They identify a mining village in deepest Wales and set off in a mini bus to make their donation in person. And so begins the extraordinary story of two seemingly alien communities who form a surprising and ultimately triumphant partnership.
Pride has been chosen to premiere at the Cannes Film Festival as part of the Director’s Fortnight section, on 25 May 2014. The film will officially close the Director’s Fortnight section, which in itself is a tremendous honour for any film. Winning such a coveted slot at the Cannes Film Festival has already lured a flurry of key-territory buyers, including Senator (Germany), Teodora Film (Italy), Hopscotch (Australia) and Lev (Israel), in the run up to its world premiere.
Muriel Sauzay, Pathe’s head of international sales, said: “It’s a film that’s inspirational, punchy and fun; and it resonates with contemporary events in many parts of the world.”
Word on the street is that Pride, with its award-winning, all-star ensemble cast including Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton, Dominic West, Andrew Scott and Paddy Considine, is one of the films to watch this year.
Keep your eyes peeled, because HSB&M has staked a claim to be one of the first to review this uplifting comedy-drama inspired by a remarkable true story, which is scheduled for a UK release on 12 September 2014.
You can read our review of Pride by Stephen Laughton, our Arts and Entertainment Editor here.