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WATCH: Gay Rights Stand Tall in Trailer for Spirited Cannes Winner 'Pride'

Photo of Ryan Lattanzio By Ryan Lattanzio | TOH! August 8, 2014 at 2:30PM

Cannes Directors' Fortnight closer "Pride," directed by Tony-winning stager Matthew Warchus, has its first trailer from CBS Films. This true tale of gay activism in the time of Margaret Thatcher stars Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton, Dominic West and Paddy Considine.
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'Pride'
'Pride'

Cannes Directors' Fortnight closer "Pride," directed by Tony-winning stager Matthew Warchus, has its first trailer from CBS Films. This true tale of gay activism in the time of Margaret Thatcher stars Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton, Dominic West and Paddy Considine and will hit theaters September 19.

And what better time? Gay rights are getting their due on screens big and small, from HBO's doc "The Case Against 8" to Roland Emmerich's upcoming period drama "Stonewall." It's inspiring to see the same filmmaking efforts going on across the pond. Critics are unanimously praising "Pride," which is destined to find an audience in the US. (It won the Queer Palm at Cannes this year.)

Trailer below, and here's the synopsis:

It's the summer of 1984, Margaret Thatcher is in power and the National Union of Mineworkers is on strike, prompting a London-based group of gay and lesbian activists to raise money to support the strikers' families.  Initially rebuffed by the Union, the group identifies a tiny mining village in Wales and sets off to make their donation in person.  As the strike drags on, the two groups discover that standing together makes for the strongest union of all.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.