with Ben Schnetzer, Paddy Considine, Imelda Staunton, Bill Nighy.
During a Welsh mining strike in 1984, gays and lesbians, feeling put upon by the police in a similar manner, band together and raise money for the strikers. Miners are not known to be extremely sympathetic toward gays and lesbians, so when the time comes for the money to be handed over, it is difficult to establish communication with the right people. Fortunately, an older woman who doesn’t know better graciously accepts the call and soon the cash is in the right hands. What happens next is story of this movie.
When two rejected groups, the miners by the Thatcher administration who wants to make an example of them for not adhering to the new hard edged capitalist way, and the gays who have little to no rights and a new disease to cope with (AIDS), find common ground, the metaphor we see again and again is two men shaking hands in a gesture of solidarity. What might seem preachy or corny does not come off that way at all. The excellent acting of Ben Schnetzer as Mark Ashton, the young gay activist, Paddy Considine as the union leader, Imelda Staunton and Bill Nighy as members of the mining community, and many more supporting characters lend the movie an air of authenticity.
I think that if you see this movie it is best to go in only knowing the bare bones of it. There is one straight out villain. There is one straight up hero. They are not in direct opposition, but by the end of the movie, when a meeting of the minds occurs, the audience is cheering and weeping, and the whole thing is so uplifting I was completely taken by surprise, so I don’t want to give too much away except to say that this is a very very good movie.