When a bigot tries to sabotage the partnership with a tabloid smear Mark turns it back on her with a hugely successful benefit concert to which most of the villagers, now thoroughly in tune with their gay friends, turn up. The miners are defeated and return to work but at the Pride march in 1985 they turn up to add their support to their gay friends.
We also take in The Gays The Word Bookshop, the Vauxhall Tavern pub, and other gay London landmarks. The scenes in Wales are amusing and heartfelt too, as the locals get to meet the gays and bigotry soon becomes, in almost all cases, friendship. It is nice to see Imelda Staunton doing her thing and Bill Nighy playing a real character role for once. Dominic West and Andrew Scott are terrific, as are most of the cast, Freddie Fox is in there too. The pride ball and 1985 gay pride festival are covered too. Its a comedy, a social document and very emotional. Ok, I loved it. File next to those other British successes like BILLY ELLIOTT (also dealing with the miners' strike), SHIRLEY VALENTINE, BRASSED OFF, THE FULL MONTY etc.
We also see in the closing credits how the lead characters fares - Mark Ashton (Ben Schnetzer), the young activist died 2 years later in 1987. He features in footage in the dvd extras on the story of the film's background, as does the real Dominic West character, and Sian, the Welsh MP.