Schmaltzy and formulaic, but also lively and sincere, this British docudrama revisits a 1984 episode in which gay and lesbian activists in London declared solidarity with, and raised money and support for, striking miners in a small Welsh town. The film is respectful of the strike but focuses chiefly on how the straight townspeople overcome their homophobia, their evolution signaling a growing acceptance of gay people in the British mainstream. This feels like a musical in its unrelenting sunniness and broad performances (dancing also figures in the plot); I had a hard time resisting its charm. Matthew Warchus directed; with Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton, Dominic West, Paddy Considine, and Andrew Scott.
Director: Matthew Warchus
Producer: David Livingstone, Cameron McCracken, Christine Langan and James Clayton
Cast: Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton, Dominic West, Paddy Considine, George MacKay, Joseph Gilgun, Andrew Scott, Ben Schnetzer, Chris Overton, Faye Marsay, Freddie Fox, Jessica Gunning, Joshua Hill, Lisa Palfrey, Liz White, Monica Dolan and Menna Trussler