In this assignment I am going to discuss the movie pride. The movie is about a group of gays and lesbians who come together, and start a supporting group for the miners. The miners are on a strike because of Margaret Thatcher’s pit closures, and gays are also being threatened by her. In the beginning of the movie, the miners are quite sceptical and not everyone is accepting towards them. During the movie we see a strong bond being built between the two groups. The group of gays and lesbians go a long way to support the miners financially.
I think what the movie teaches us about UK society at the time. Is that there is a lot of discrimination. At that time gay people didn’t get a lot of respect from other people, and a lot of people probably thought this was against typical moral values. You can see this in almost the first scene of the movie. When the kid from Bromley walks out of the pride, a mother with her child walks past him, and gives her opinion on the pride. I think being different, at that time was something many people were a little bit ashamed of because of the harsh reaction and opinions of other people. We also see how difficult it what was for the Bromley kid, to come out as gay to his mother. He would lie about what he was doing instead of telling her the truth about his sexuality. At the end he is fired from his education course. My opinion of the society in the UK at the time, is that normal values were quite important. Margaret Thatcher also had a speech where
So why were the two groups so sceptical towards one another? I don’t think there was a lot of scepticism from the gays and lesbians. They seemed very supportive of the miners, and started early to collect money with different volunteer work, which they donated to the miners. The problem in the beginning was that the Union seemed embarrassed to receive their support. The group decides to ignore the Union and go direct to the miners. They come across a mining village in deepest wales and set off in a mini bus to make their donation in person. The miners were quite sceptical in the beginning, because many of the miners believed in traditional values. They looked at gay people as perverts. Even though a lot of miners were still sceptical after the group had donated money. They manage to form an extraordinary friendship and partnership
she reflects on this. She thought that kids who were stepping forward as gay, needed to be educated and thought to respect traditional moral values. She also introduced an anti-gay law.
The meaning of standing together, will make them stronger together. For instant the dance scene, when they put on a song that is a bit stranger then usually, and he starts dancing, the gay ones are so scared of the reaction he is going to get. The audience (not the gay ones) starts clapping and sing with and enjoying the show! They finally gets the attention they need to build up their confidence to finally stand up for each other.
One of the scenes where there are two “idiots” who don’t support that the gay community is invited in to the bare and comes to try to make some trouble, but one of the straight ones, take both of them and throws them out and threatens them. He shows his support to the gay community, he doesn’t need to, but he shows that they stay together and backs each other up. For me this movie shows me, if they could do it back then, then we could do it! People should stay tighter and show their love!