ByMatthew Chapman, writer at
Male. Australian. Nerd. Twitter: shuey1984
Matthew Chapman

U.K. gay activists work to help miners during their lengthy strike of the National Union of Mineworkers in the summer of 1984.

Wow. This was such a beautiful movie.

It is a true story but it’s not a story I knew anything about. While politics is a big part of the reason for the events of the film, it is nowhere near a political film.

This movie is very story and character orientated and it not at all flashy, over the top or too Hollywood.

I can’t even begin to say how brilliant the cast is with the likes of Andrew Scott (Sherlock), Joseph Gilgun (Misfits), Dominic West (The Affair), Paddy Considine (The World’s End), Imelda Staunton (Harry Potter) and Bill Nighy (Love Actually) but the one person who always drew my attention was Jessica Gunning, who played Sian. There was just something about her adorable, feisty, good-hearted character that was just captivating to watch.

Jessica Gunning and Imelda Staunton.
Jessica Gunning and Imelda Staunton.

Just an amazing beautifully scripted and acted with both happy and sad moments. Wouldn’t be something I watch regularly but will absolutely watch again sometime.

Definitely give it a watch.


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