Matthew Warchus' LGBT Film "Pride," With Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton, Dominic West, to Premiere at Cannes
22 Apr 2014
"Pride," the new Matthew Warchus film based on the true story of gay and lesbian U.K. activists who raised funds to support striking members of the National Union of Mineworkers, will premiere at the Cannes Film Festival as part of the Directors' Fortnight, according to Deadline.com.
The screenplay was written by playwright Stephen Beresford (The Last of the Haussmans).
"Pride" will be screened as the closing film in the Directors' Fortnight series.
Here's how it is characterized: "It’s 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 gay and lesbian 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."
The film is produced by David Livingstone for Proud Films and executive-produced by Pathé’s Cameron McCracken and BBC Films’ Christine Langan. Natascha Wharton is lead executive producer for the BFI Film Fund.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.