Last night I got the opportunity to attend a launch party for this great new film called “Pride” at The Toronto International Film Festival.
Pride is a 2014 British drama film written by Stephen Beresford and directed by Matthew Warchus. It was screened as part of the Directors’ Fortnight section of the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, where it won the Queer Palm award.
Based on a true story, the film depicts a group of LGBT activists who raised money to help families affected by the UK miners’ strike in 1984, at the outset of what would become the Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners campaign. The National Union of Mineworkers was reluctant to accept the group’s support due to the union’s public relations’ worries about being openly associated with a gay group, so the activists instead decided to take their donations directly to a small mining village in Wales — resulting in an alliance between the two communities. The alliance was unlike any seen before but was successful.
Photos by: Randy Hamilton
I was lucky enough to be able to meet and talk to many of the cast members about the movie “PRIDE.” Everyone seems to be excited to be a part of such an interesting and uplifting story. They told me the reception from audiences has been overwhelming and they expect the film to do very well when it is released shortly. For many of the actors, it was their first time in Toronto, being a British cast, so was fun playing tour guide and letting them know what to do and see while they are here. The all seemed to love Toronto and intended to spend the little time off they had, enjoying some of the city.
Some of the guests at the after party also included some of the original individuals in which this story had been based. They were fascinating to meet and to hear first hand their perception on the film.
Director(s): Matthew Warchus
Country: United Kingdom
Premiere Status: North American Premiere
Runtime: 120 minutes
Cast & Credits
Executive Producer: Cameron McCracken, Christine Langan, James Clayton
Producer: David Livingstone
Production Company: Pathé International
Principal Cast: Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton, Paddy Considine, George MacKay, Faye Marsay, Andrew Scott, Ben Schnetzer, Dominic West, Sian James, Jessica Gunning
Screenplay: Stephen Beresford
Cinematographer: Tat Radcliffe
Editor: Melanie Ann Oliver
Sound: Nigel Squibbs, Tony Gibson, Blair Jollands
Music: Christopher Nightingale
Production Designer: Simon Bowles
About the Author
Bryen Dunn is a freelance journalist with a focus on travel, lifestyle, entertainment and hospitality. He has an extensive portfolio of celebrity interviews with musicians, actors and other public personalities. He enjoys discovering delicious eats, tasting spirited treats, and being mesmerized by musical beats.