This is the first of a short season commemorating the miners’ strike of 1984/5, a fictional account and a documentary. This was, without doubt, the British feelgood movie of 2014. Having said that, you will probably be moved to tears by the end of it. For anyone who lived through the early 80s and was politically engaged, it is a real nostalgia trip and it brilliantly evokes those times. You may not have been aware of it at the time but this is a true story and, unusually, the characters who were involved and are still alive very much approve of the film. It is about a group of gay and lesbian activists who decide to raise money to support the miners in a Welsh village in 1984, having recognised that there was a similarity in their struggles. There are a number of sub-plots which bring the characters alive and illustrate the central themes.
It is beautifully acted and it is worth seeing for Bill Nighy’s performance as a repressed and tentative Welsh miner, coming to terms with himself, and for Dominic West’s dancing queen. Imelda Staunton is a tower of strength as a miner’s wife, as they had to be, and Ben Schwetzer shines as a young gay man who provides the energy behind the campaign.
The film won the Queer Palm at the Cannes Film Festival.
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Venue: William Loveless Hall