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Documentary looks back 40 years to the gay men and lesbians who supported striking miners


Documentary looks back 40 years to the gay men and lesbians who supported striking miners

Striking With Pride: United at the Coalface, a brand-new Sky Original feature documentary…

The production explores the unlikely alliance forged between the gay men and lesbians of London, and the striking miners of South Wales, between the 1984 and 1985 London Prides.

Poppy Dixon, Director of Documentaries & Factual, Sky:

“It’s a privilege to have members of LGSM and the South Wales miners’ community share their personal stories for our customers during Pride month. We are thrilled to be working again with Story Films, and to have director Ashley Francis-Roy bring his unique creative vision to this inspiring and uplifting story for Sky Documentaries.   

Made famous by the 2014 BAFTA award-winning film Pride, this is one of the most unexpected and uplifting love stories ever, not between two people, but between two communities who – seemingly worlds apart – found common cause and compassion for each other in the face of immense challenges and changed the course of history for gay people in the UK.

Everyone loved the film, but the real story behind the script is much richer and more powerful than you could ever imagine, and the legacy of these events is still felt to this day, forty years on since the 1984/1985 Miners’ Strike.

The documentary features exclusive access to a range of key contributors, including former Labour MP Siân James (played by Jessica Gunning in Pride), LGSM co-founder Mike Jackson (played by Joe Gilgun in Pride) and Jonathan Blake (played by Dominic West in Pride). RuPaul’s Drag Race UK finalist, Tayce, dons her iconic Welsh dragon look to narrate the film, telling the powerful tale to a group of children in a playful and poignant story time session which highlights the lasting impact this story has had on communities 40 years later.

Ashley Francis-Roy, Director:

“I’m so delighted to have the opportunity to tell this amazing story. It’s an epic tale of love and friendship that is still so powerful 40 years on, and that teaches us an urgent lesson that we all need to hear now more than ever – that we’re stronger together. I’m so excited to get to work with the amazing people at the heart of this story and help bring their story to life.” 

Striking With Pride: United at the Coalface is coming to Sky Documentaries and streaming service NOW on 1st June.

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