"Pride" writer says Gays Support the Miners campaign 'is perfect plot'

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UK gay and lesbian activists work to help miners during their lengthy strike of the National Union of Mineworkers in the summer of 1984.
September 3rd, 2014

Stephen Beresford ''can't believe'' no-one wrote a film about the Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners campaign before he did.

Beresford is the creative influence behind new British film 'Pride', which is based on a true story - and the writer says the campaign made the perfect plot for a movie.

Speaking at the London premiere of the film last night (02.09.14) - which stars Bill Nighy and 'Sherlock' actor Andrew Scott - Beresford said: ''There are some stories that you come across that make you think, 'I can't not tell it'. It contained all the elements - it's about a group of gay and lesbian people who turn up in a miners' village. I thought, 'Well, already it's funny, even before we've written a word it's funny.'''

He added: ''I found that the story was heartbreaking - it was sad - but there are also some beautiful uplifting moments. It has this incredible surprise ending that I think will move people so enormously.

''When you hear of a story like this as a writer, you think two things: one, I can't believe no-one has ever told this story; and two, I'm so glad no-one has ever told this story!''

'Pride' opens in UK cinemas on September 12.