Director: Matthew Warchus
Staring: Imelda Staunton, Lisa Palfrey, Jessica Gunning, Bill Nighy, Dominic West, Paddy Considine, George MacKay, Rhodri Meilir.
In another British film set in the 1980s, we get the true story of the surprising alliance between striking Welsh miners and the LGBT+ community.
This film has taken 20 years to get where it is today. After several film companies and television broadcasters refused the pitch, it's a pleasure to know that BFI, BBC, PathÃ© and a handful of others have let this film become what it should be: a shining example of two different groups united in the same cause.
Here, the characters are true and so is the story. Those that recall the time would perhaps think of the relentless footage of police whacking protesters. My brother may relish the music from the era, but for most the decade looked pretty hard going under Thatcher's government. With her total disregard to LGBT+ societies back then, even after dying her popularity with all sorts of people remains as minimal as ever (though my mum does point out to me if it wasn't for her, my grandparents couldn't have bought their house). It's nice to also see such an alliance between the English and the Welsh.
The cast in both settings of London and Powys are outstanding. Staunton, Nighy and Considine doing pretty good Welsh accents and acting without much soupiness which goes when playing the Welsh. A delight to see Rhodri Meilir from Mametz in this as well. As for the sexy young London cast, we have stars in the making with some telling roles here. This must have been a joy and an honour to work on.
Like many a Brit flick, it has charm, flare and an expectedly cheeky queer sense of humour.
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