Matthew Warchus directs Ben Schnetzer, George MacKay and Faye Marsay in this period drama about the London LGBT community’s attempts to support the miners during Thatcher’s suppression of them.
I was expecting this to be mawkish crowd pleasing stuff. Like Billy Elliot or The Full Monty, a slightly cartoonish and fairy tale view of working class issues. But no… it has real heart, wit, scope and ambition. It gets the emotions flowing. Not just sentiment but political nostalgia and empowering self worth are renvigorated by it. Warchus colourfully marshalls a perfect ensemble of actors, the new faces holding their own among the gems of a British screen acting. The soundtrack manipulates masterfully, the time and the place is recreated down to the biscuit packaging. It won me over utterly. Joining Brassed Off for its harsh yet entertaining revisitation to one of Britain’s darkest hours and matching the far more agit prop 120 B.P.M. in its popularisation of the gay rights struggles of the last century. Treat yourself if you haven’t already beaten me to this.
My Top 10 LGBT themed films