Drama 120 October 3, 2014
Ben Schnetzer plays Mark Ashton, a charismatic young activist who, just as he's ready to hit the 1984 Gay Pride march, catches a news spot about the miners' plight. Feeling an immediate kinship with these men and their families -- they too are struggling under Thatcher's thumb -- he begins collecting donations. Before long, Ashton and company have picked a Welsh mining town off a map, and a union lodge rep, Dai (Paddy Considine), comes to London to accept the money they've collected, not realizing that these benefactors seem to be nothing like him.
They are, of course, very much like him, as is confirmed once the activists head to Wales. Pride is all about the need for erasing minor differences and connecting over all the things that make us human, whether that's a love of music and dancing, the satisfaction that comes from a day of hard work, or the comfort of having family close by.