Pride


Pride

Uplifting comedy drama. In 1984 a group of lesbian and gay activists take on hardship from the press and the government, and find unlikely allies in a group of Welsh miners.


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MUSIC: Solidarity Forever by Pete Seeger

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# When the union's inspiration through the workers' blood shall run

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# There can be no power greater anywhere beneath the sun

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# Yet what force on Earth is weaker than the feeble strength of one?

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# But the union makes us strong

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# Solidarity forever

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# Solidarity forever

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# Solidarity forever

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# For the union makes us strong... #

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REPORTER ON TV: 'With the strike now entering its fourth month,

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'the Government today insisted that it will push ahead

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'with plans to close 20 pits with the loss of over 20,000 jobs,

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'an action that Mr Scargill says will destroy entire communities.

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-ARTHUR SCARGILL:

-'You can look back in ten years

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'and you can say, "In 1984, I was proud and privileged

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'"to be a party to the greatest struggle on earth."'

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I left my number. Just in case.

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Everything's at stake for me. I'm 27 year old. Right?

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-Maybe see you on the march, then?

-I'm fighting for their jobs.

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'We've used us savings up, we've no money left.

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'All we've got now is us pride and self-respect

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'and we'll carry on keeping that.

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REPORTER: 'The Prime Minister today defended her position.

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'I can't change my style.

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'It has to be a style of firm leadership.

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'One isn't here to be a softie.

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'You're here to be a good, firm leader.'

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Mark, want to play ball?

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Tomorrow, buddy.

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Here you go, Mark.

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Great. Thanks.

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I've spoken to the council about your deviant parties.

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There's no need to do that. Just knock on the door. We'd let you in.

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They're sending a policeman.

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Oh, I do hope so.

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Mark?

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Thanks.

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TV: '..the riot squad,

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'the helmeted policemen with their plastic shields,

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'were deployed after smoke bombs were thrown.

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-'The violence continued...'

-Thanks, Dad.

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WHISTLES BLOW

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MARCHERS CHANT: Two, four, six, eight!

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Is that copper really straight?

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Two, four, six, eight! Is that copper really straight?

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Two, four, six, eight! Is that copper really straight?

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Two, four, six, eight! Is that copper really straight?

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Two, four, six, eight...

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ANGRY SHOUTS

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Oi, grab hold of this, will you, mate?

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Oh, no, sorry.

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Just for five minutes, till me friends get here. Come on.

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It... It's just that I don't really want to be too visible.

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Is it your first Pride?

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Yeah, first anything.

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Yeah, well, this is the best way. You need to throw yourself in.

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The thing is, I'm actually from Bromley.

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Well, don't worry about that, we're a broad church.

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No, it's the train. It's further out than people think, and...

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Oi, I've been dragging this thing on me own

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since Marble Arch. What are they, buckets?

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Surprised you have to ask, coming from Accrington.

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-Anything get rid of love bites?

-No. Where's Mark?

-Listen up, everyone.

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Where exactly have you been?

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Everyone take a bucket and start rattling.

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-This is for the miners.

-Miners?

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We agreed on a banner, Mark.

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It's a show of solidarity.

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Who hates the miners? Thatcher.

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Who else? The police,

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-the public and the tabloid press. That sound familiar?

-Surely, Mark...

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The only problem we've got that they haven't is Mary Whitehouse.

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And that can only be a matter of time.

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-Mark...

-I know, it's not been planned.

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It's not been thought through. But it's a good idea, isn't it?

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Isn't it?

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What am I supposed to do with this?

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Give it to the lesbians. They love a banner.

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Oh, for God's sake.

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Right, looks like you're off the hook, mate. Good lad.

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Whatever Mark says, we do it. Don't ask me why.

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-Disgusting.

-Yes.

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We're collecting for the miners and their families, guys.

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Gays and lesbians support the miners and their families.

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COINS CLINK I was wondering, do you need a hand?

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Well, well, if it isn't Bromley.

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I mean, my last train is actually not for ages.

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Gays and lesbians support the miners.

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Gays and lesbians support the miners.

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Gays and lesbians support the miners.

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-..support the miners.

-Guys, support the miners.

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Gays and lesbians support the miners.

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Collecting for the miners. Dig deep.

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-Support the miners.

-Come on.

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Support the miners! Support the miners!

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It's just a couple of the lads from college

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and one of them lives in Chislehurst.

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So he can't be too late, either. I've got my key.

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Just mind yourself on that last train.

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There's weirdos and all sorts on there.

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Thanks, Mum.

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MUSIC: What Difference Does It Make? by the Smiths

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# It makes none But now you have gone

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# And you must be looking very old tonight

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# The devil will find work for idle hands to do

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# I stole and I lied and why? Because you asked me to

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# But now you make me feel so ashamed... #

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Oi, Bromley.

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Over here.

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I'm hiding from that girl.

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Why?

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She broke my heart at a Smiths concert.

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I've never met a lesbian before.

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Really? I've never met anyone who irons their jeans.

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HE CHUCKLES

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I live at home.

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No shit.

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Is that where you got that lovely brooch?

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That's embarrassing.

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It's today.

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What are you, ten?

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I'm 20.

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I wouldn't go spreading that around.

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You're illegal, darling.

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16 for the breeders, 21 for the gays.

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Did you learn nothing on that march?

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You're still a minor.

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Jesus.

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Victory to the minors.

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Don't make a mess, OK?

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They've counted it.

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Well, come on, you've collected as much as anyone.

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Stephanie! Were you with Jeff in the Bell last night?

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For fuck's sake. It's a bruise, OK? My neck is bruised.

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No red wine on the floor, please. Ashtrays.

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It was a pretty good march today.

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Not much in the way of beatings or abuse.

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Hardly any petrol bombs or swastikas.

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Is it me or are the police getting soft?

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ALL LAUGH

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It's funny. They've stopped hanging around outside our clubs lately.

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What's that about?

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Do you think they've finally got sick of all that Donna Summer?

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-ALL LAUGH

-No, never!

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My guess is they went somewhere else.

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To pick on someone else.

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My guess is that, while we're enjoying

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a temporary reprieve, they're here,

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giving these poor sods the shit we usually get.

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Now, these mining communities are being bullied just like we are.

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Right? Bullied by the police.

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Bullied by the tabloids. Bullied by the Government.

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-Do any of them need a hug?

-LAUGHTER

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No. They need cash and they need it urgently.

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Yeah, the miners have always come to our aid, haven't they(?)

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Are you fucking kidding me?

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Why don't we talk about today?

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Today, with only a couple of buckets, we raised nearly 200 quid.

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Right, think what we could achieve if we really started trying.

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I'm from Durham.

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Well, you know exactly what we're talking about, then.

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I know those bastards kicked the shit out of me

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every morning on my way to school

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and every night on my way home.

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We are proposing to meet at least once a week

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and just to do as many collections as we can.

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Oh, and... and we've got a name.

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LGSM.

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Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners.

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It's not very catchy.

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It's a support group, Steph, not a skiffle band.

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Right, let's have a show of hands, shall we?

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Who's in? Guys?

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MURMURING

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Come on, guys, please.

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Oh, come on, guys.

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Is that it?

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We've been looking for things that we could do together as a couple.

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Well, this is perfect. Yous can feed the miners AND your relationship.

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-How many is that?

-That's six.

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-It's better than five.

-Not as good as seven.

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Jonathan!

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Oh, God. Here come the gay libbers.

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Brilliant party, Geth.

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I'm sure you could use the back room here.

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If you're looking for a base.

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We are... Erm, we are. That's amazing, Gethin, thank you.

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Well, what about me and Jonathan?

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Or is it exclusively for the under-25s?

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Oh, no, of course not. Everyone's welcome.

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-JONATHAN:

-# Touch me, baby, tainted love! #

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Are you sure Jonathan's interested?

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HE BLOWS A WHISTLE

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ONLOOKERS LAUGH

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He's at a bit of a loose end at the moment.

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He just needs something to occupy him. A project.

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What about Bromley over there?

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I've... I've just started catering college.

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Good. Congratulations, all of you.

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You're the founder members

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of Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners.

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Terrific. Let's bring down the Government.

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Support for the miners.

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Give generously.

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Put your hand in your pockets for the miners.

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Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners!

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'National Union of Mineworkers.'

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Oh, hello. I represent a group

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called Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners, and...

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CALL DISCONNECTS

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Hello? Hello...

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And there's the desired consistency.

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It's glossy and wobbly.

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Glossy and wobbly.

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Jonathan?

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Why don't you go out with them today?

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Because I've got better things to do

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than run around with a bunch of kids.

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What happened to gay lib, Jonathan?

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I don't know. What did happen to it?

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Is that Gethin's boyfriend?

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Jonathan. He stabbed Susannah York with an ice pick.

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He's an actor.

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Support the miners.

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Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners, sir.

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Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners.

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We've raised money. We're looking for a mining community...

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-'Repeat the name, please.'

-Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners.

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'Somebody will call you back in due course.'

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Sure, but you've said that before and we...

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-SIGHS

-They'll call back.

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They will.

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Mark, face it.

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They're on strike. They're busy.

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They don't want our money because we're poofs.

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-And a dyke.

-They'd rather starve.

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Maybe we should hand the money over anonymously.

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We don't have to say we're gay, do we?

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-No!

-Well, at least, then, we'd be helping.

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No, this is a gay and lesbian group and we are unapologetic about that.

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Jesus, why are you even wasting time with all this?

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-Mark!

-They will call us back.

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It has nothing to do with the fact that we're poofs.

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-And a dyke!

-They will call us back. End of meeting.

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They're never going to call us back.

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Someone needs to go with him.

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First rule of the group.

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-I'll go.

-Thank you, Steph.

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Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners.

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Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners.

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Pervert!

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First rule of the group, comrade. Nobody collects alone.

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Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners.

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-Lesbians and Gays Support...

-Gethin!

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Gethin, come on. You're supposed to be a bookshop.

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We don't have maps, Mark. It's a gay bookshop.

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People ask for the poems of Walt Whitman.

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I hope there's a good reason why I've been abandoned.

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Let me get this right, so we are going to pick a mining town

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at random and just ring it. Is that the plan, is it, Mark?

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-Yeah, the town hall, the council.

-What, it's as easy as that?

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Why not? We bypass the union altogether.

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-I think it's inspired.

-So do I.

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See? Even Bromley agrees.

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Right, here we go.

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A-ha. So, what do we want? Um...

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Somewhere north... Industrial?

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Humberside. Is... Is that a place?

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Oh, Jesus Christ. Give it to me.

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If it's miners you're looking for...

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There. Wales.

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-Of course!

-That's a big fucking coalfield.

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That's the Brecon Beacons.

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That's a coalfield, there.

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-And that is.

-All right and what are we supposed to do?

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-Stick a bloody pin in it?

-Do you know people, Gethin?

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No, I haven't been back there in 16 years.

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Why not?

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Well, let's just say there isn't always a welcome in the hillsides.

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Shall I get you the phone book?

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Well, what's the worst that can happen?

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Oh, hello. I represent a bunch of screaming homosexuals.

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May I inquire about your communal baths?

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What's that got to do with a strike?

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-Nothing. I'd just like to inquire.

-LAUGHTER

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EVERYONE TALKS AT ONCE

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All right, all right. Thank you. All right. Oi!

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If we're going to do this, we need to take it seriously. Come here.

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Right.

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0-1-9...

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What's the Welsh for "lesbian"?

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PHONE RINGS

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Hello?

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Yes.

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I see.

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CHEERING

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Yes!

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ALL: # Solidarity forever

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# Solidarity forever

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# Solidarity forever... #

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It didn't occur to you to get a description?

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Well, she were off the phone that fast.

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Maybe we should try and look more obviously gay.

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Achievable goals, please, Jeff.

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-Shut up. That's him.

-Are you sure?

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Oh, my God, he's coming towards us.

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-How did you know it were him?

-It's the same as in a nightclub.

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It's all in the eyes.

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-I'm Dai Donovan. From the Dulais Valley.

-Right.

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-You must be Mark.

-Yes, hello.

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Hiya. Mike.

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-Steph.

-Hello.

-Joe.

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Jeff. Dai.

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So, LGSM. What does that stand for, then?

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You get a garbled message over the phone.

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-I thought the L was for London.

-NERVOUS LAUGHTER

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London something.

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-I never dreamed for a moment it was L for...

-Hi.

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This money you've raised, it's all from gays and lesbians?

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Mostly, yeah.

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Right.

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There we are.

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-This is just the beginning.

-Oh?

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-Mm-hm.

-We've got big plans.

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Well, I'm not going to pretend I'm not surprised. You can see that.

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Truth told, you're the first gays I've ever met in my life.

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As far as you're aware.

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That's true.

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And you're the first miner I've ever met.

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Yeah!

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Now, I...I want you to do something for me.

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I want you to go back to your community and convey my thanks.

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My personal thanks.

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And the thanks of all the people of Dulais.

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Yeah, of course we will.

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-Won't we?

-Yeah.

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Yeah, yeah.

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Won't we, Mark?

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Who fancies a pint?

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MUSIC: Homosapien by Pete Shelley

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# I'm the shy boy You're the coy boy

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# And you know we're Homosapien, too... #

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-You can have five minutes.

-Are you sure about this?

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-Dead sure.

-Yeah, but for Dai...

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-Oh, I'm all right, lad.

-Trust me, Dai, if you can handle this,

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it's going to make a huge difference.

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What's he going to do, take his clothes off?

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I'm just going to say thank you.

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Well, don't blame me if you get bottled.

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AUDIENCE CHEERS

0:16:550:16:58

Right, shut up, you fuckers.

0:16:580:17:01

-AUDIENCE:

-Ooh...!

0:17:010:17:03

Thank you. Right, listen. Some of you know me.

0:17:030:17:06

-My name is Mark Ashton.

-Commie!

0:17:060:17:08

I'm going to invite somebody onto the stage now

0:17:080:17:11

who wants to talk to you, and I want you to listen to him.

0:17:110:17:14

He comes from the Dulais Valley in South Wales, and he, um...

0:17:140:17:19

Well, he's a striking miner

0:17:190:17:21

and he has something he wants to say to you.

0:17:210:17:24

JEERING

0:17:240:17:26

FEEDBACK WHINES

0:17:300:17:31

I've had a...

0:17:310:17:32

I've had a lot of new experiences during this strike.

0:17:340:17:39

Um, speaking in public.

0:17:390:17:41

Standing on a picket line.

0:17:410:17:44

And now I'm in a... a gay bar.

0:17:440:17:46

Well, if you don't like it, you can go home.

0:17:460:17:48

SHUSHING

0:17:480:17:50

As a matter of fact, I do like it.

0:17:500:17:52

-AUDIENCE:

-Ooh!

0:17:520:17:54

Beer's a bit expensive, mind.

0:17:540:17:55

LAUGHTER

0:17:550:17:57

But really, there's only one difference

0:17:570:18:00

between this and a bar in South Wales.

0:18:000:18:04

The women.

0:18:040:18:05

They're a lot more feminine in here.

0:18:070:18:08

CHEERING

0:18:080:18:10

What I'd really like to say to you tonight is thank you.

0:18:120:18:15

If you're one of the people that's put money in these buckets,

0:18:170:18:21

if you've supported LGSM, then thank you...

0:18:210:18:24

..because what you've given us is more than money, it's friendship.

0:18:260:18:33

And when you're in a battle

0:18:330:18:34

against an enemy so much bigger, so much stronger than you,

0:18:340:18:39

well, to find out you had a friend you never knew existed...

0:18:390:18:43

..well, that's the best feeling in the world.

0:18:440:18:47

So, thank you.

0:18:470:18:49

CHEERING

0:18:490:18:51

MUSIC: Two Tribes by Frankie Goes To Hollywood

0:18:550:18:57

# When two tribes go to war

0:19:000:19:02

# A point is all that you can score... #

0:19:020:19:05

Oh, my God. I haven't even finished this one.

0:19:050:19:07

STEPH: Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners.

0:19:080:19:10

Support the miners.

0:19:110:19:13

So, you're the only girl?

0:19:140:19:16

That's right. I'm the L in LGSM.

0:19:160:19:19

Good speech.

0:19:230:19:25

Thank you. Thank you very much.

0:19:250:19:26

I've worked a few tough crowds myself over the years.

0:19:260:19:29

-In politics?

-In panto.

-Oh, right.

0:19:290:19:31

OK, LGSM, over here, please.

0:19:310:19:32

-That's something else we could use.

-What's that?

0:19:320:19:34

An official photographer.

0:19:340:19:36

Jesus, Mark. We don't even have an official typewriter.

0:19:360:19:38

-Nice and close, please.

-I could do it.

0:19:380:19:40

I've got a camera.

0:19:400:19:41

It's a really good one. I'd be happy to do it.

0:19:410:19:43

-All right, Bromley, if you're sure.

-Course he's sure.

0:19:430:19:46

Never let it be said that LGSM discouraged youth enterprise.

0:19:460:19:49

Right, then. What are you going to say, "cheese"?

0:19:490:19:51

Victory to the miners!

0:19:510:19:52

ALL: Victory to the miners!

0:19:520:19:55

Martin, come on.

0:20:040:20:07

Tell them you've run a whole canteen before.

0:20:070:20:09

You're not just packing food parcels.

0:20:090:20:11

Go.

0:20:110:20:12

And don't look so bloody worried. It's not the first day of school.

0:20:120:20:15

VAN BACKFIRES

0:20:190:20:21

What do they need to come here for? We sent them a thank-you note.

0:20:280:20:31

Every other support group has been invited.

0:20:310:20:33

Every other support group was approved by the whole committee.

0:20:330:20:36

-Oh, I see.

-Dai had to make a snap decision.

0:20:360:20:38

-This is all my fault.

-He was in London, Maureen.

0:20:380:20:40

What would you have done? Told them to keep it?

0:20:400:20:42

-What I would have done...

-But they raised the money.

0:20:420:20:45

All right, I run a civil meeting here.

0:20:450:20:47

If you want to scream and shout, get on the pickets.

0:20:470:20:49

I don't have a problem with what they are.

0:20:490:20:53

None of us do.

0:20:530:20:54

It's the men. Well, you bring a load of gays

0:20:540:20:57

into a working men's club, you get trouble. I'm sorry.

0:20:570:21:00

No other group has raised as much money.

0:21:000:21:02

I'm not disputing that.

0:21:020:21:03

Or been so consistent.

0:21:030:21:04

Then why don't you just invite them?

0:21:040:21:07

I'm sorry, but everyone's saying they don't have a problem.

0:21:070:21:10

Good, they've raised the most money, so invite them.

0:21:100:21:13

And who the bloody hell are you?

0:21:130:21:15

-You did what?

-I know.

0:21:170:21:19

But Hefina - she's like the head honcho, absolutely terrifying -

0:21:190:21:23

well, she obviously can't stand this Maureen.

0:21:230:21:25

Kids, mind the fish fingers.

0:21:250:21:27

What's the matter? You told me not to sell myself short.

0:21:330:21:35

I'm not talking about that. Gays and lesbians!

0:21:350:21:38

-We're trying to fit in here, Sian.

-What?

0:21:380:21:40

Volunteer, I said. Run the canteen.

0:21:400:21:43

They didn't want me on the canteen. They wanted me on the committee.

0:21:430:21:46

All right, so keep your head down. Do the paperwork.

0:21:460:21:48

Don't start stirring it all up,

0:21:480:21:50

inviting a load of gays and lesbians.

0:21:500:21:51

Oh, it's like that, is it?

0:21:510:21:53

You know, I had you down as many things,

0:21:530:21:54

-but prejudiced was never one of them.

-I'm not prejudiced.

-No?

0:21:540:21:57

I'm a realist. I know what small towns are like, Sian.

0:21:570:22:00

I know exactly how those lads are going to react.

0:22:000:22:02

-You think so?

-I know so.

0:22:020:22:04

I'm standing on a bloody picket with them day after day.

0:22:040:22:07

It was a majority decision. The committee decided.

0:22:070:22:11

Well, I hope you and your bloody committee

0:22:110:22:13

can guarantee their safety, Sian, I do, I really do.

0:22:130:22:17

All aboard the deviants' bus. No pushing, no community singing.

0:22:230:22:27

And absolutely no back-chatting the driver.

0:22:270:22:32

-Right, where are we going?

-Wales.

0:22:320:22:34

Fuck me. Someone better roll me a little spliffette.

0:22:350:22:39

What I'd like to know is what Bromley told his mum and dad.

0:22:390:22:42

Yeah.

0:22:420:22:43

I just... Oh, it's no big deal.

0:22:430:22:45

Come on.

0:22:450:22:46

I said that I was doing so well at college

0:22:460:22:48

they were sending me on a residential course.

0:22:480:22:51

-STEPH:

-Doing what?

0:22:510:22:52

Choux pastry.

0:22:530:22:55

ALL CHANT: Bromley! Bromley! Bromley! Bromley! Bromley! Bromley!

0:22:570:23:02

CHANTING CONTINUES

0:23:020:23:05

Bit late in the day for that, isn't it?

0:23:220:23:24

That's the fourth one I've done.

0:23:240:23:26

Fast as I put them up, they pull 'em down.

0:23:260:23:28

I'm running out of staples.

0:23:280:23:30

WOMEN: # Every woman is a lesbian at heart

0:23:460:23:50

# Every woman is a lesbian at heart... #

0:23:500:23:53

You can't possibly say that every woman is a lesbian.

0:23:530:23:56

Why not?

0:23:560:23:57

Cos they're not.

0:23:570:23:58

Esther Rantzen isn't a lesbian. My mum's not a lesbian.

0:23:580:24:01

How do you know?

0:24:010:24:02

How do I know my mum's not a lesbian?

0:24:020:24:04

What he's trying to say is you can't

0:24:040:24:05

make grand, sweeping generalisations.

0:24:050:24:08

It's not acceptable.

0:24:080:24:10

# Every woman is a lesbian at heart

0:24:120:24:16

# Every woman is a lesbian at heart

0:24:160:24:19

# Every woman is a lesbian at heart

0:24:190:24:22

# Including Reggie's mum! #

0:24:220:24:25

COUNTRY MUSIC PLAYS INSIDE

0:24:500:24:52

UPBEAT SONG

0:24:540:24:56

Look at the map. We should have turned left at that village.

0:25:270:25:30

How can that be a village? It doesn't have any vowels.

0:25:300:25:32

-Hang on a minute.

-Yes?

0:25:360:25:40

I think so.

0:25:400:25:41

Are we here?

0:25:410:25:42

We're here.

0:25:430:25:45

-STEPH:

-Oh, my God.

0:25:500:25:51

Come on, let's go.

0:25:530:25:55

-TAKES A DEEP BREATH

-Right, then.

0:26:170:26:19

SONG ENDS

0:26:230:26:25

CHEERING

0:26:250:26:28

I guess we just...

0:26:370:26:38

I think I'm starting to freak out slightly.

0:26:380:26:41

FOOTSTEPS APPROACH

0:26:410:26:43

Dai? Your gays have arrived.

0:26:460:26:49

BAND PERFORMS COUNTRY BALLAD

0:26:520:26:54

-Good to see you again.

-Good to see you.

0:27:000:27:02

Hi, there. Welcome. Welcome. Come on in, everybody.

0:27:020:27:06

Great to see you again. Great to see you again. Hello.

0:27:060:27:08

Come on in.

0:27:080:27:10

Welcome, everybody. This is my wife, Margaret.

0:27:100:27:13

Hello.

0:27:130:27:14

This is Gail and Sian, who wrote to you.

0:27:140:27:18

This is Hefina, who chairs the welfare committee.

0:27:180:27:21

This is Gwen, and this is Cliff, our club secretary.

0:27:210:27:25

Um, I'm going to officiate you.

0:27:250:27:27

Oh, good!

0:27:270:27:29

Hold that, and name here, please.

0:27:310:27:33

Mm-hm.

0:27:330:27:35

And in the corresponding box, the group or organisation you represent,

0:27:350:27:39

in this case...

0:27:390:27:40

Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners.

0:27:400:27:42

Yep. Quite. Absolutely.

0:27:420:27:44

Thank you. Thank you very much for having us.

0:27:440:27:46

Now, I'm hoping you can clear something up for me about lesbians.

0:27:460:27:49

-Not now, Gwen.

-It's something I was told

0:27:490:27:51

in the covered market

0:27:510:27:52

and to be honest with you, it did surprise me.

0:27:520:27:55

Let them get settled in first, shall we?

0:27:550:27:57

Oh.

0:27:570:27:58

Now, who's making the speech?

0:27:580:28:00

A... A speech?

0:28:000:28:01

It's no big deal.

0:28:010:28:02

One of you just has to go up onstage and say a few words.

0:28:020:28:05

Just so we know who you are, like.

0:28:050:28:07

I'll tell the band to shut up and we'll push you on.

0:28:070:28:11

And welcome, all of you.

0:28:110:28:13

To be honest, I never thought you'd come.

0:28:140:28:16

Anybody else feel like appointing themselves leader?

0:28:270:28:29

-Didn't think so.

-CLEARS THROAT

0:28:310:28:33

# Many miles from home

0:28:390:28:45

# But I'm walking, walking

0:28:450:28:49

# Walking for you

0:28:490:28:53

# Walking for you. #

0:28:530:28:58

SILENCE

0:29:010:29:03

Now, then, ladies and gentlemen,

0:29:060:29:08

we're joined once again by one of our support groups,

0:29:080:29:12

Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners.

0:29:120:29:15

Will you, er, welcome their spokesman onto the stage? Thank you.

0:29:160:29:21

SILENCE

0:29:210:29:23

Thank you, Dai.

0:29:260:29:28

Thank you, um... Falling Leaves.

0:29:280:29:31

Actually, Dai Donovan made a speech at our local pub,

0:29:330:29:36

and he's a pretty tough act to follow,

0:29:360:29:39

so maybe now is the moment for my musical tribute to Judy Garland.

0:29:390:29:43

Look, we raised this money because we want to help you.

0:29:450:29:49

And that's it.

0:29:490:29:51

And we'll keep on trying to help you for as long as you want us to,

0:29:510:29:55

because we've been through some of the same things you've been through.

0:29:550:29:59

Listen, if one in five people is gay,

0:30:030:30:05

then one in five miners must be, too, right?

0:30:050:30:07

So that's at least a fifth of you who's pleased to see us.

0:30:080:30:11

Thank you. Thank you for inviting us here.

0:30:150:30:18

Thanks.

0:30:180:30:20

One, two, three, four...

0:30:250:30:28

# Them falling leaves They say that summer's done

0:30:280:30:31

# The wind and rains They say so, too

0:30:310:30:35

# But ain't no winter skies will ever shadow the sun

0:30:350:30:38

# While I'm with you... #

0:30:380:30:41

-Night, everybody.

-ALL: Goodnight, Dai.

0:30:410:30:43

There we are. All settled in.

0:30:540:30:57

It's teething problems, love.

0:30:590:31:00

Everything will be all right, once they start to mix.

0:31:000:31:03

I'm not talking about running away.

0:31:170:31:19

I'm talking about making a dignified exit.

0:31:190:31:21

Tomorrow before dawn?

0:31:210:31:23

We can't just waltz into a town like this

0:31:230:31:24

and expect them not to...

0:31:240:31:26

-Slit our throats?

-..just be cautious.

0:31:260:31:27

I don't know about anybody else, but I don't have to travel to Wales

0:31:270:31:30

to get my head kicked in. I can very easily get that at home.

0:31:300:31:33

Anyone who wants to go should go.

0:31:330:31:34

-But I came here to help.

-Yeah, but they don't want your help.

0:31:340:31:37

Well, they can tell me that to my face.

0:31:370:31:38

Until that time, I'm a member of LGSM

0:31:380:31:40

and I'm going to do what I set out to do.

0:31:400:31:42

No hiding, no running away, no apologies.

0:31:420:31:45

Me too.

0:31:450:31:47

Yeah.

0:31:470:31:48

And me.

0:31:480:31:49

And me.

0:31:490:31:50

This is a Welsh castle, mind. None of your Norman rubbish.

0:31:570:32:01

According to legend, the maiden Sabrina came here, see,

0:32:010:32:06

and became the goddess of the River Severn.

0:32:060:32:10

How did she manage that, then, Cliff?

0:32:100:32:12

By drowning.

0:32:120:32:14

"Sabrina fair, listen where thou art sitting

0:32:140:32:17

"under the glassie, cool, translucent wave",

0:32:170:32:19

and so on.

0:32:190:32:21

I grew up in Northern Ireland. I know all about what happens

0:32:220:32:25

when people don't talk to each other.

0:32:250:32:26

That's why I've never understood,

0:32:260:32:28

what's the point of supporting gay rights

0:32:280:32:30

but nobody else's rights, you know?

0:32:300:32:32

Or workers' rights but not women's rights.

0:32:320:32:35

It's... I don't know, illogical.

0:32:350:32:38

There's a lodge banner down in the welfare, over 100 years old.

0:32:380:32:42

We bring it out for special occasions, you know.

0:32:420:32:44

I'll show it to you one day. It's a symbol, like this.

0:32:440:32:47

Right? Two hands.

0:32:470:32:50

That's what the labour movement means. Should mean.

0:32:500:32:52

You support me, I support you.

0:32:520:32:54

Whoever you are. Wherever you come from.

0:32:540:32:57

Shoulder to shoulder. Hand to hand.

0:32:570:32:59

SIAN: Dai!

0:32:590:33:01

There they go.

0:33:030:33:05

They're bringing them in from London, from Bristol. All over.

0:33:050:33:09

CLIFF: They're pulling the lads in for anything now.

0:33:090:33:11

Well, they can't do that.

0:33:110:33:12

There's two from my street in custody right now. Lee and Carl.

0:33:120:33:15

Where's your humanity?

0:33:150:33:17

We're citizens of this country, mind. Citizens.

0:33:170:33:20

No, I mean they can't do that.

0:33:200:33:22

It's totally illegal.

0:33:220:33:24

A police officer has the right to stop you

0:33:250:33:27

if, and that's the important word here,

0:33:270:33:29

if he has reasonable grounds to believe

0:33:290:33:31

a crime is going to be committed.

0:33:310:33:32

Now, you're absolutely sure about this?

0:33:320:33:34

Police harassment, dear. I could set it to music.

0:33:340:33:36

-SIAN:

-And if he does?

0:33:360:33:37

Then he must formally charge you within 24 hours of that arrest.

0:33:370:33:39

But "reasonable grounds" means concrete evidence

0:33:390:33:42

that can stand up in court.

0:33:420:33:43

It doesn't mean he doesn't like the look of you.

0:33:430:33:45

That's the same whether you're standing on a picket line

0:33:450:33:48

or trolling down Clapham High Street in full drag.

0:33:480:33:51

Hefina, tell Martin to mind the kids.

0:33:510:33:53

Where you going?

0:33:530:33:54

The police station.

0:33:540:33:56

She's finding her feet.

0:33:560:33:57

Right, gentlemen, listen to me.

0:33:590:34:00

A police officer only has the right to detain a group of people...

0:34:000:34:04

You need evidence to stand up in a court of law.

0:34:040:34:06

They need concrete evidence.

0:34:060:34:07

..keep them for longer than 24 hours...

0:34:070:34:09

No proof. No proof.

0:34:090:34:11

And I will not be leaving this desk until you do.

0:34:110:34:14

We've got all day, so chop chop.

0:34:170:34:19

Nobody said anything about hiding who we are.

0:34:200:34:23

-Yes, they did.

-You.

0:34:230:34:25

I just think if everybody takes it easy on the...

0:34:250:34:27

Flamboyance.

0:34:270:34:28

..then we're more likely to fit in.

0:34:280:34:30

I'm sorry, just to be clear, when you say flamboyance, you mean gay?

0:34:300:34:34

And when you say everyone, you mean me?

0:34:340:34:35

-Jonathan...

-Good.

0:34:350:34:37

It's just I haven't spoken 1950s in quite a while.

0:34:370:34:40

MEN CHEER

0:34:400:34:42

LIVELY CONVERSATIONS

0:34:420:34:43

CONVERSATION DIES DOWN

0:34:510:34:53

Over here, please. We're packing parcels.

0:34:540:34:56

-You'll stay for a pint?

-No, you're all right, Cliff.

0:34:590:35:02

Welfare's had a change of atmosphere, if you know what I mean.

0:35:020:35:04

-I don't know what you mean, Lee, no.

-He means these faggots.

-Oi!

0:35:040:35:07

If it wasn't for those people, you would still be in the nick.

0:35:070:35:10

-What?

-He's right.

0:35:100:35:11

They make me sick. That's all I know, Dai.

0:35:110:35:13

-That's enough.

-Physically sick.

0:35:130:35:15

-Gays?

-From London. They were the ones, Carl. They got you out.

0:35:200:35:22

I thought Sian got us out.

0:35:220:35:24

They told her... They told her what to say.

0:35:240:35:26

-Carl!

-It's you lot, is it? The gays.

0:35:300:35:33

What's going on?

0:35:330:35:35

No, it's all right. It's all right.

0:35:350:35:36

We're LGSM, Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners, yes.

0:35:360:35:40

My name's Mark Ashton.

0:35:400:35:42

You'll have a pint, will you, Mark?

0:35:440:35:47

MUSIC: You Can't Hurry Love by Phil Collins

0:35:500:35:52

What I was told about lesbians really did shock me.

0:35:570:36:01

That can't be true, can it? You're all vegetarians?

0:36:010:36:05

Actually, Zoe and I are both vegans.

0:36:060:36:09

So, you live together like, you know, husband and wife.

0:36:150:36:18

-But what I want to know is...

-I know what you're going to say.

0:36:180:36:22

Which one does the housework?

0:36:220:36:25

Oh, well, that's... That's not what I thought you was going to say.

0:36:250:36:29

-Are you joking?

-Certainly not.

0:36:290:36:31

It's embarrassing enough they spend one night on Dai's floor, Maureen.

0:36:310:36:34

From now, the hosting committee's going to bloody well start hosting.

0:36:340:36:36

I'm sorry, not me. I'm concerned about AIDS.

0:36:360:36:40

SHE SCOFFS What?!

0:36:400:36:41

It's not a trivial matter, Sian. They've issued leaflets.

0:36:410:36:45

CLIFF: I don't mind taking more, Hefina.

0:36:450:36:47

Not the lesbians so much, because of their cuisine.

0:36:470:36:50

But I'll take an extra gay.

0:36:500:36:52

I tell you something right now, Maureen Barry,

0:36:520:36:54

if you get AIDS, so help me God, I'll nurse you myself.

0:36:540:36:57

Though how you're going to get AIDS from a couple of sleeping bags

0:36:570:37:00

in your extension, I don't know.

0:37:000:37:02

-It's fine.

-No. I can take another one, and so can Cliff.

0:37:020:37:06

Think it's going to be that easy, do you?

0:37:130:37:15

You just bulldoze the whole village into thinking the same thing as you.

0:37:150:37:18

I don't need to bulldoze anyone. It's you who's got the problem.

0:37:180:37:21

They're all in there getting along perfectly well.

0:37:210:37:24

Oh, really?

0:37:280:37:30

What the hell do you think you're doing?

0:37:450:37:47

I'm just talking to Kev about something.

0:37:470:37:48

You can talk to Kev any day of the week.

0:37:480:37:50

Get over there and find a gay or a lesbian right now.

0:37:500:37:53

Look, Hefina, I've shaken their hands. I've bought them a pint, see?

0:37:530:37:56

I don't want to labour the point, do I?

0:37:560:37:58

I might, you know, give them the wrong impression.

0:37:580:38:00

Oh, right(!)

0:38:000:38:02

Because you're so bloody irresistible, Carl Evans?

0:38:020:38:05

Listen to me. I've seen you dancing

0:38:050:38:06

round my back yard with no clothes on since you were this high.

0:38:060:38:09

And I can tell you right now, these gays have thrown better away.

0:38:090:38:12

Now, move yourself. And you.

0:38:120:38:15

MUSIC: Karma Chameleon by Culture Club

0:38:190:38:22

# Karma, karma, karma, karma, karma chameleon... #

0:38:220:38:26

This is a first, this.

0:38:260:38:28

Men on the dance floor.

0:38:280:38:31

You can't be serious!

0:38:310:38:33

Welsh men don't dance, do they, Sian?

0:38:330:38:35

Never. Can't move their hips.

0:38:350:38:37

Well, why don't we show them what they're missing?

0:38:390:38:42

# Karma, karma, karma, karma, karma chameleon

0:38:420:38:46

# You come and go... #

0:38:460:38:49

# See, I want you to feel me, too

0:38:490:38:52

# So just listen to me, baby

0:38:520:38:55

# Can't stop me now

0:38:550:38:57

# Hear what I say

0:38:570:38:58

# My feet want to move

0:38:580:39:00

# So get out my way

0:39:000:39:02

# I'm going to have my say

0:39:020:39:04

# I'm going to every discotheque

0:39:040:39:06

# I'm gonna dance, dance, dance, dance

0:39:060:39:09

# Ooh, till the break of day, I say

0:39:090:39:12

# Shame, shame, shame

0:39:120:39:14

# Shame on you if you can't dance too... #

0:39:150:39:18

He's amazing!

0:39:180:39:19

# ..I said shame, shame, shame, shame, shame, shame, shame

0:39:190:39:24

# Shame on you if you can't dance too... #

0:39:240:39:27

Come on! Come on!

0:39:270:39:28

# ..Don't stop the motions If you get the notion

0:39:280:39:33

# You can't stop the groove Cos you just won't move

0:39:330:39:37

# Got my sunroof down

0:39:370:39:39

# Got my diamonds in the back... #

0:39:390:39:41

LAUGHTER

0:39:410:39:42

ALL: Whoo!

0:39:450:39:47

# ..Shame, shame, shame

0:39:470:39:49

# Shame on you

0:39:500:39:52

# If you can't dance, too

0:39:520:39:54

# I said shame, shame, shame # Shame, shame, shame, shame

0:39:540:39:59

# Shame on you if you can't dance, too

0:39:590:40:02

# Shame, shame, shame

0:40:040:40:06

# Shame on you if you can't dance, too

0:40:070:40:10

# I said shame, shame, shame # Shame, shame, shame, shame

0:40:110:40:16

# Shame on you if you can't dance, too... #

0:40:160:40:19

CHEERING

0:40:360:40:38

God, I miss disco.

0:40:430:40:44

CHEERING CONTINUES

0:40:460:40:48

Everyone back to mine for a nightcap.

0:40:540:40:56

-What? Go to bed, Cliff.

-I promise I'll do it, man.

0:40:560:41:00

For God's sake. He always gets like this.

0:41:000:41:03

What did I bloody say to you, eh?

0:41:030:41:06

Showing us up in front of our guests.

0:41:060:41:08

Don't worry. You're going to love it.

0:41:080:41:10

Cheers, mate.

0:41:100:41:12

Oi. What the hell was that about?

0:41:120:41:14

-He's going to give him dance lessons.

-Are you joking?

0:41:140:41:16

You'll start prancing about like that?

0:41:160:41:18

Listen, if you're going to spend the rest of your life

0:41:180:41:20

standing at the bar wishing you could speak to Debbie Thomas,

0:41:200:41:23

that's fine by me. I'm going to be a woman magnet.

0:41:230:41:26

Where the bloody hell did you get that?

0:41:260:41:28

BACKGROUND CHATTER AND LAUGHTER

0:41:280:41:30

I don't know why you're so het up. They're going in the morning.

0:41:370:41:39

Well, this strike matters to you two, does it?

0:41:390:41:41

Of course it does.

0:41:410:41:43

What do you think people will say when they hear about this?

0:41:430:41:46

We're being backed up by perverts.

0:41:460:41:48

You want people taking the piss, do you?

0:41:500:41:52

Scabs? Coppers?

0:41:520:41:55

Calling us all sorts of names?

0:41:550:41:57

No.

0:41:570:41:58

Well, I know one thing.

0:41:590:42:01

Your father would never have stood for it.

0:42:010:42:04

-That went well, considering.

-Considering?

0:42:120:42:15

Sometimes people can surprise you, that's all I'm saying.

0:42:150:42:18

I never had a problem with it, Sian.

0:42:180:42:20

Well, I'm glad to hear it, because this is Joe.

0:42:200:42:23

And he's going to be sleeping in our house.

0:42:250:42:28

-DEEP VOICE:

-How do?

-Nice to meet you.

0:42:290:42:31

No need to do the full Barry White, Martin.

0:42:340:42:36

He knows you're heterosexual.

0:42:360:42:38

This is fine.

0:42:510:42:52

BRAKES SCREECH

0:42:540:42:55

-I think we should take him to the door.

-No. Just here, please.

0:42:550:42:58

Just drop me here.

0:42:580:42:59

JEERING

0:42:590:43:01

All right. Oh, leave him alone.

0:43:010:43:03

Hang on a minute.

0:43:030:43:05

What is it?

0:43:100:43:11

Got to keep up the fiction.

0:43:110:43:13

ALL LAUGH

0:43:130:43:15

See you.

0:43:170:43:18

Mmm! Was it fun?

0:43:240:43:27

It was the best experience of my entire life.

0:43:280:43:31

Making pastry?!

0:43:320:43:33

SHOUTING

0:43:580:44:00

You want to start something, you start it with me!

0:44:040:44:08

BOTH: Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners.

0:44:080:44:10

Thank you.

0:44:100:44:11

SIAN: Let's keep it moving, girls. Just put it in.

0:44:200:44:23

ALL: Victory to the miners!

0:44:280:44:30

COINS CLATTER

0:44:420:44:43

-JOE:

-Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners.

0:44:430:44:45

Any donations, sir?

0:44:450:44:47

Don't worry about me freezing to death in Brixton, will you?

0:44:500:44:53

Aren't you going to ring your mum?

0:44:530:44:55

What for? A long-distance queer-bashing?

0:44:550:44:57

-Hi.

-Here you are, love.

0:44:570:44:58

Why don't I pretend to be your girlfriend?

0:44:580:45:01

That way, you get an alibi and I get to watch The Sound Of Music.

0:45:010:45:03

-Come to ours, Steph.

-Can I?

0:45:030:45:05

Yeah. Orphans Of The Storm.

0:45:050:45:08

No Queen's speech. No carols.

0:45:080:45:09

Oh, sounds like heaven.

0:45:090:45:11

Support the miners.

0:45:110:45:12

A very happy Christmas to you, too.

0:45:150:45:17

TV: 'There is now a danger'

0:45:170:45:19

'that has become a threat to us all.

0:45:190:45:21

'It is a deadly disease and there is no known cure.

0:45:210:45:24

'The virus is passed

0:45:240:45:27

'during sexual intercourse with an infected person.'

0:45:270:45:30

AIDS.

0:45:300:45:31

-Anally Injected Death Sentence.

-HE CHUCKLES

0:45:310:45:34

Will you switch that off, please, Tony?

0:45:350:45:37

'But it's spreading.'

0:45:370:45:39

-Thank you.

-'So protect yourself.'

0:45:390:45:41

PHONE RINGS

0:45:410:45:43

Hello?

0:45:440:45:45

-HEFINA:

-Can I speak to Jonathan, please?

0:45:450:45:47

Er, no, he's being creative in the kitchen, I'm afraid. Er...

0:45:470:45:50

Take a message!

0:45:500:45:51

I just wanted to thank him for his beautiful card.

0:45:510:45:54

Home-made, too.

0:45:540:45:55

My husband was particularly impressed with it.

0:45:560:45:58

'I'll be sure to tell him.'

0:45:580:46:00

Is that a Welsh accent I can hear?

0:46:000:46:03

Er, oh, maybe. The remnants.

0:46:030:46:06

I haven't been home in a long time, so...

0:46:060:46:10

'Well, we're looking forward to seeing them all back here soon.'

0:46:100:46:12

And wish Jonathan a happy Christmas from all of us in Dulais, will you?

0:46:120:46:16

'Of course. Of course I will.'

0:46:160:46:17

Nadolig llawen to you, my love.

0:46:170:46:20

Nadolig llawen.

0:46:210:46:23

RADIO: 'The one o'clock news from the BBC.

0:46:310:46:34

'The coal board called a press conference

0:46:340:46:36

'in near despair today after the collapse of last night's talks.

0:46:360:46:40

'The strike entered its 42nd week.

0:46:400:46:42

'The union responded with a renewed attack

0:46:420:46:44

'on the Government's latest cuts to benefits

0:46:440:46:46

'for the families of those on strike.

0:46:460:46:48

'They're calling it an attempt by Mrs Thatcher

0:46:480:46:51

'to starve the miners back to work.

0:46:510:46:53

'Severe weather in England and Wales is set to continue...'

0:46:530:46:57

Bloody hell. It's bricked up.

0:46:570:46:59

Oh, Jesus.

0:47:020:47:04

BRAKES SCREECH

0:47:140:47:15

Let's get the stuff unloaded

0:47:220:47:23

and shared out as fast as possible, yeah?

0:47:230:47:25

What the bloody hell am I doing?

0:47:290:47:31

Right, come on, then, you heard him.

0:47:310:47:34

There's noises in the village.

0:47:360:47:38

Small voices.

0:47:380:47:39

Nothing we can't handle, but...

0:47:390:47:41

They want to go back?

0:47:410:47:42

They've been told they'll save the pits that go back first.

0:47:420:47:47

They won't, but, er, desperate people, they'll believe anything.

0:47:470:47:51

Tell him about the bus.

0:47:530:47:54

Our bus has broken down.

0:47:560:47:58

And our gas has been cut off, so...

0:47:580:48:00

we're having baths next door.

0:48:000:48:02

We're playing for a tin of beef now.

0:48:060:48:09

Remember, all your proceeds to the strike fund,

0:48:090:48:13

ladies and gents, so please dig deep.

0:48:130:48:15

There's a pair for you. Happy Christmas.

0:48:150:48:18

There you go.

0:48:180:48:20

Not even Kim Wilde's got them in orange.

0:48:200:48:22

Ah!

0:48:220:48:23

This is Gethin.

0:48:230:48:25

Hello.

0:48:250:48:26

He's a little nervous.

0:48:260:48:27

-Jonathan...

-There's no need to be nervous, boy.

0:48:270:48:30

With a good Welsh name like that?

0:48:300:48:32

Where are you from, then?

0:48:320:48:34

Rhyl, originally.

0:48:340:48:36

No. No way.

0:48:370:48:39

Listen here, see.

0:48:400:48:41

We don't mind the gays and the lesbians, that's fine.

0:48:410:48:44

But don't you dare be bringing people from North Wales down here.

0:48:440:48:47

ALL LAUGH

0:48:500:48:52

Stupid bugger.

0:48:560:48:58

That bus is a lifeline. It takes the men to the picket.

0:49:030:49:05

It takes the food parcels to the remotest villages.

0:49:050:49:07

-Without it...

-All the fours...

0:49:070:49:10

-44.

-We need to start thinking in larger chunks of money,

0:49:100:49:13

because without it they're going to fail, it's as simple as that.

0:49:130:49:16

I'm sorry, but when'll you address

0:49:160:49:18

-my question about a women's group?

-Blind 70.

0:49:180:49:21

Stella, this is important.

0:49:210:49:22

I know. But this group has absolutely no democratic process.

0:49:220:49:26

What do you need a women's group for, anyway?

0:49:260:49:28

-Thee and me, 23.

-To address the women's issues.

0:49:280:49:31

Singly and in a safe environment.

0:49:310:49:33

What is unsafe about this environment?

0:49:330:49:35

Kelly's eye, number one.

0:49:350:49:37

I'm a woman, Mike. OK?

0:49:370:49:39

I'm also a lesbian and a feminist.

0:49:390:49:42

Listen, love, I don't care if you're Arthur Scargill.

0:49:420:49:45

Don't talk during the bingo.

0:49:450:49:47

MARK SNIGGERS

0:49:470:49:48

Tickety-boo, 62.

0:49:480:49:51

ALL CHUCKLE

0:49:510:49:54

-PAUL ROBESON:

-# Drink to me

0:49:540:49:56

# Only with thine eyes... #

0:49:560:50:02

ALL: Oh...

0:50:020:50:03

36.

0:50:030:50:05

For God's sake, leave him alone. He's not a Girls' World.

0:50:050:50:09

But we love him, Mum.

0:50:090:50:10

GIGGLING

0:50:100:50:12

OK. Design speed.

0:50:120:50:13

It's called the Great Atlantic Fault.

0:50:130:50:16

And, er, and it starts here in Spain

0:50:160:50:21

and then it goes under the Bay of Biscay

0:50:210:50:24

and then it comes up in South Wales.

0:50:240:50:26

And then it goes under the Atlantic for miles and miles and miles

0:50:260:50:31

and it comes up again in Pennsylvania.

0:50:310:50:34

My father used to talk about it.

0:50:340:50:36

And mine.

0:50:360:50:37

The dark artery.

0:50:370:50:39

That's it. Yeah, that's it.

0:50:390:50:41

And you could take a miner from Wales or Spain or America

0:50:410:50:47

and you could show them that seam and they would recognise it.

0:50:470:50:50

There's no other coal like it. It's perfect. Pure.

0:50:500:50:54

I lost my younger brother to that pit.

0:50:580:51:02

36 years old.

0:51:020:51:03

But without it, these villages are nothing, they're finished.

0:51:030:51:08

That's what I'd say

0:51:090:51:11

if I ever came face-to-face with Margaret fucking Thatcher.

0:51:110:51:15

That's what I'd tell her.

0:51:150:51:17

The pit and the people are one and the same.

0:51:190:51:21

Yeah. Well...

0:51:240:51:27

HE LAUGHS

0:51:270:51:29

-Welcome home, son.

-Thank you.

0:51:310:51:33

Listen to me, everyone. I just want to say something.

0:51:510:51:54

Get your feet off those seats.

0:51:540:51:56

-We've let you down.

-ALL: No!

0:51:580:52:00

No, we have. We haven't collected enough.

0:52:000:52:02

We haven't raised enough awareness. We know that.

0:52:020:52:05

Now, it's not enough to always be defending.

0:52:050:52:08

Sometimes you have to attack, to push forward,

0:52:080:52:11

and that's exactly what we're going to do.

0:52:110:52:13

When we get back to London, and you have my word on this,

0:52:130:52:16

we are going to...

0:52:160:52:18

we're going to do something so spectacular.

0:52:180:52:20

LAUGHTER

0:52:200:52:21

It'll be so incredible,

0:52:210:52:23

so effective, that the National Coal Board,

0:52:230:52:25

I promise you this,

0:52:250:52:27

will come crawling on their hands and knees...

0:52:270:52:29

-WHISTLING AND CHEERING

-..in full drag...

0:52:290:52:32

..to beg you for forgiveness.

0:52:340:52:37

Now, victory! Victory to the miners!

0:52:370:52:39

CHEERING

0:52:390:52:41

-Well done.

-Whoo!

0:52:440:52:47

Victory to the miners!

0:52:470:52:48

# As we come marching, marching

0:52:480:52:53

# In the beauty of the day

0:52:530:52:58

# A million darkened kitchens

0:52:580:53:02

# A thousand mill lofts grey

0:53:020:53:07

# Are touched with all the radiance

0:53:070:53:11

# That a sudden sun discloses

0:53:110:53:15

# For the people hear us singing

0:53:150:53:18

# Bread and roses! Bread and roses!

0:53:180:53:24

OTHERS JOIN IN: # As we go marching, marching

0:53:250:53:29

# We battle too for men

0:53:290:53:33

# For they are women's children

0:53:330:53:36

# And we mother them again

0:53:360:53:40

# Our lives shall not be sweated

0:53:400:53:44

# From birth until life closes

0:53:440:53:47

# Hearts starve as well as bodies

0:53:470:53:51

# Give us bread but give us roses!

0:53:510:53:57

MEN JOIN: # As we go marching, marching

0:54:030:54:06

# Unnumbered women dead

0:54:060:54:10

# Go crying through our singing

0:54:100:54:14

# Their ancient cry for bread

0:54:140:54:17

# Small art and love and beauty

0:54:170:54:21

# Their drudging spirits knew

0:54:210:54:25

# Yes, 'tis bread we fight for

0:54:250:54:28

# But we fight for roses too! #

0:54:280:54:33

ALL CHEER

0:54:330:54:34

Go back to where you came from!

0:54:340:54:36

What the fuck?

0:54:380:54:39

We've come to take back our welfare.

0:54:440:54:46

-What are you talking about?

-From all your bloody queers.

0:54:460:54:48

What the hell's going on?

0:54:480:54:49

There's normal people who want to drink in here too, you know?

0:54:490:54:52

You listen to me. Those people in there are our guests.

0:54:520:54:54

Yeah? Well, they want to watch themselves.

0:54:540:54:56

Leave it, Martin. Come on, for God's sake, man.

0:54:560:54:58

Come on, leave it.

0:54:580:54:59

Come on, Martin.

0:54:590:55:01

You so much as lay one finger on anyone inside that hall,

0:55:010:55:04

and so help me God, I'll break your bloody arms and legs for you.

0:55:040:55:07

Come on. Come back in. Come on.

0:55:070:55:09

Bent bastards!

0:55:130:55:15

There you go. I know it's freezing, but at least the beers will be cold.

0:55:170:55:21

-You want a beer, anyone?

-Yeah, over here.

0:55:210:55:22

I've got one, thanks, Dai.

0:55:220:55:25

Here you go, Alan.

0:55:250:55:26

"Say not the struggle naught availeth,

0:55:260:55:29

"the labour and the wounds are vain,

0:55:290:55:31

"the enemy faints not, nor faileth,

0:55:310:55:34

"and as things have been they remain,

0:55:340:55:37

"if hopes were dupes..." POP MUSIC STARTS

0:55:370:55:39

-DEBBIE:

-Oh, that's more like it.

0:55:390:55:41

LAUGHTER

0:55:410:55:43

MUSIC: I Second That Emotion by the Miracles

0:55:430:55:45

# Maybe you want to give me kisses sweet

0:55:450:55:50

# But only for one night with no repeat

0:55:500:55:54

# And maybe you'll go away and never call... #

0:55:540:55:57

-I'm Gary.

-Oh!

0:55:570:55:58

Hi.

0:56:000:56:01

I want to learn to dance.

0:56:010:56:03

MIKE EXHALES SHARPLY

0:56:050:56:06

-We need to make something happen.

-Yeah, well, we do now, yeah.

0:56:060:56:09

Something big. An event.

0:56:090:56:11

Something bigger than we've ever tried before.

0:56:110:56:14

Why don't you come inside? It's a fraction warmer.

0:56:140:56:17

It's morale. That's the thing.

0:56:170:56:19

It's just as important as money. We need to keep them up, Mike.

0:56:190:56:21

Because the minute they start to feel like a lost cause...

0:56:210:56:24

I know. I know.

0:56:240:56:25

And there's nothing worse than a lost cause.

0:56:360:56:39

SIGHS

0:56:390:56:40

# In my sleep

0:56:400:56:43

# Countin' troubles instead of countin' sheep... #

0:56:430:56:48

I'm in Wales

0:56:490:56:51

and I don't have to pretend to be something that I'm not.

0:56:510:56:55

I'm home. And I'm gay.

0:56:550:56:57

And I'm Welsh.

0:56:570:56:59

-That's right!

-ALL CHEER

0:56:590:57:00

Get him another beer before he starts singing.

0:57:010:57:03

LAUGHTER

0:57:030:57:05

What I don't understand is why you never came back before.

0:57:050:57:08

My mother.

0:57:110:57:13

-She couldn't accept me.

-Not then, perhaps.

0:57:180:57:20

She's religious.

0:57:200:57:22

She hasn't said one word to me in 16 years.

0:57:230:57:25

And what about you? What words have you said to her?

0:57:250:57:27

# It's gone away in yesterday

0:57:270:57:32

# Now I find myself on the mountainside

0:57:320:57:37

# Where the rivers change direction Across the great divide... #

0:57:380:57:44

You got a sweetheart, have you, love?

0:57:440:57:46

I'm a gobby northern lesbian, Gwen. I tend to scare 'em off.

0:57:460:57:49

GWEN LAUGHS

0:57:490:57:50

Look.

0:57:500:57:52

That's my William.

0:57:530:57:55

44 years I had him with me,

0:57:550:57:57

and I wish you as many with someone one day.

0:57:570:58:00

And as happy.

0:58:000:58:02

GWEN CHUCKLES

0:58:020:58:04

Jesus, I'm pissed.

0:58:040:58:05

-GAIL:

-Alan, no!

0:58:050:58:07

Give us a hand, will you, Steph?

0:58:080:58:10

He's thrown up again. Margaret, I am so sorry.

0:58:100:58:12

Alan Pritchard, so help me...

0:58:120:58:15

"For many years now we have been force-fed an agenda

0:58:180:58:21

"that has represented homosexuals first as victims, now as heroes."

0:58:210:58:25

Margaret Donovan could be reported. All those people in her house.

0:58:250:58:29

"The homosexuals have been told

0:58:290:58:31

"that it is us, the normal population,

0:58:310:58:33

"and not them that is out of step.

0:58:330:58:35

"Any society that accepts that sick deception

0:58:350:58:38

"is swirling headlong into a cesspool of its own making."

0:58:380:58:41

Well, they want to see what's going on up here.

0:58:410:58:44

They'd have a field day.

0:58:440:58:46

KNOCK ON DOOR

0:58:460:58:47

Why don't you come over to Dai's?

0:58:560:58:58

Just for a minute. I think if you met one or two of them...

0:58:580:59:02

Have you seen this, Cliff? About the gays?

0:59:020:59:04

I don't believe what they say about us, Lee.

0:59:040:59:06

Why should I listen to what they say about them?

0:59:060:59:08

Get inside, you. And shut up.

0:59:080:59:10

You're a respected woman, Maureen.

0:59:130:59:15

People follow you. You could set an example.

0:59:150:59:18

You're the backbone of that committee. You work hard.

0:59:190:59:22

You've been both mother and father to those boys.

0:59:220:59:25

-GAIL:

-Sitting on your own in the dark, Maureen?

0:59:250:59:28

You want to take that rod out of your arse for a minute.

0:59:280:59:31

SIGHS

0:59:380:59:39

BUS DOOR OPENS

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Good luck.

1:00:171:00:19

Morning.

1:00:241:00:25

Thanks.

1:00:251:00:27

DOOR CLOSES

1:00:311:00:33

BUS ENGINE STARTS

1:00:331:00:35

Hello?

1:00:541:00:56

I'm in a phone box so I'll have to be quick.

1:00:561:01:00

I've got a story for your news desk.

1:01:011:01:03

DOG BARKS

1:01:301:01:32

Hello, Mum.

1:01:421:01:43

Bye, Bromley.

1:01:561:01:57

See ya.

1:01:591:02:01

HORN HONKS

1:02:331:02:35

Hello, sailors! MEN LAUGH

1:02:351:02:37

WHISTLING

1:02:371:02:38

Morning, ladies.

1:02:381:02:39

CROWD JEERS

1:02:391:02:42

-Come on, Marys.

-What are they going on about?

1:02:421:02:45

..with your bum chum.

1:02:451:02:46

-What's going on?

-Wait till you see this.

1:02:471:02:50

Jesus.

1:02:521:02:54

'"Perverts support the pits.'

1:02:551:02:57

"A gaggle of gays and lesbians has 'come out'

1:02:571:03:01

"in favour of the miners' strike.

1:03:011:03:03

"Our editor says,

1:03:031:03:05

"'We knew the miners were desperate,

1:03:051:03:07

"'but now we have the final and compelling evidence

1:03:071:03:10

"'that they are finished.'"

1:03:101:03:12

"Does anyone else hear the bottom of the barrel being scraped?

1:03:121:03:15

"From where I'm sitting, the noise is pretty deafening."

1:03:151:03:18

Unbelievable.

1:03:181:03:20

-SHE SIGHS

-Who did this?

1:03:221:03:24

It'll have to go to a vote.

1:03:241:03:25

But I'm warning you, we can do without this kind of trouble.

1:03:251:03:28

This isn't trouble, it's mischief. Jesus, man.

1:03:281:03:30

We've had worse than this before now.

1:03:301:03:32

Every day, they're out collecting for us.

1:03:321:03:34

It's the men, Dai.

1:03:341:03:35

They've already got their wives supporting them, and now this.

1:03:351:03:38

Gays. The whole country laughing at us.

1:03:381:03:41

It's about dignity.

1:03:411:03:43

It'll have to go to a vote.

1:03:431:03:45

Right.

1:03:471:03:48

They're calling an emergency meeting, a vote.

1:03:481:03:51

Dai's speaking up for us, of course, but it's done a lot of damage.

1:03:511:03:54

Yeah, but we'll not let a little thing like this break...

1:03:541:03:57

-Down! Get down!

-What's going on?

1:03:581:04:00

PANICKED SHOUTS

1:04:001:04:02

COUGHING

1:04:121:04:13

Bastards!

1:04:131:04:15

I don't care about what they do, but it's a distraction.

1:04:161:04:20

It's distracting people from the strike.

1:04:201:04:22

And then there's the children.

1:04:221:04:23

I mean, what example is it for kiddies

1:04:231:04:25

to have gays and lesbians roaming around?

1:04:251:04:27

It's unnatural.

1:04:271:04:29

There used to be a tradition in Wales of honouring your guests.

1:04:291:04:31

-Do you remember that, ladies? Respect? Generosity?

-Hefina...

1:04:311:04:34

There's only one thing unnatural about this whole bloody business.

1:04:341:04:37

Betraying the community.

1:04:371:04:38

And when I find out who sold that story, believe me,

1:04:381:04:41

they'll know what it feels like to be ashamed.

1:04:411:04:43

What the hell are we doing?

1:04:491:04:50

Now, let's just get this finished, Mark.

1:04:501:04:52

No, what the hell are we doing?

1:04:521:04:53

They'd never have known we were here but for this article.

1:04:531:04:56

-So?

-They'd never have found us.

1:04:561:04:57

What are you saying? I should send them the bill?

1:04:571:04:59

Do you know how many people read this paper?

1:04:591:05:01

This is our chance to do something spectacular.

1:05:011:05:03

We could never drum up this kind of publicity in a million years.

1:05:031:05:06

Mark, don't you just think we ought to hold back and regroup?

1:05:061:05:09

There isn't time. This is a news item now.

1:05:091:05:10

Today. We have to take advantage of that.

1:05:101:05:12

-They called us perverts.

-Bromley,

1:05:121:05:14

it's time for an important part of your education.

1:05:141:05:17

Hands up in this room if you've ever been called a name like that.

1:05:171:05:20

Now, there is a long and honourable tradition in the gay community,

1:05:211:05:25

and it has stood us in good stead for a very long time.

1:05:251:05:27

When somebody calls you a name...

1:05:271:05:29

-Am I right about this, Jonathan?

-Dead right.

1:05:291:05:31

..you take it and you own it.

1:05:311:05:34

MUSIC: Love And Pride by King

1:05:341:05:36

# That's what my heart yearns for now

1:05:361:05:41

# Love and pride... #

1:05:411:05:42

-I love you.

-You owe me.

1:05:421:05:44

# ..That's what my heart yearns for now

1:05:441:05:48

# Love and pride... #

1:05:481:05:49

It's a fundraising concert and we're looking for bands to...

1:05:491:05:52

No, no. No, no, no, I am in no way suggesting that Sting,

1:05:521:05:55

or indeed any other member of The Police, is a pervert.

1:05:551:05:58

Cool. Cheers.

1:06:001:06:02

Oh, I can probably get you some more next week, if you want.

1:06:041:06:08

He'll call.

1:06:081:06:09

# ..Take your hairdryer blow them all away

1:06:091:06:12

# In you I've found a story I want to keep hearing... #

1:06:121:06:15

-Oi!

-# ..In you I see all colours... #

1:06:151:06:18

-Oi!

-# ..Not just black or white

1:06:181:06:20

# In you I find a reason and hope for all dreamers... #

1:06:201:06:23

There are no gay artists on this label. I'm sorry.

1:06:231:06:26

They don't have to be gay. That's the point.

1:06:261:06:28

This is a coming together of different people...

1:06:281:06:30

PHONE RINGS

1:06:301:06:32

Reception.

1:06:321:06:34

SHE CHUCKLES

1:06:341:06:36

It arrived about ten minutes ago, Barry.

1:06:381:06:40

Yeah, well, you could come down and get it.

1:06:401:06:43

What the bloody hell do you think you're doing?

1:06:441:06:46

That's the number for Gay Switchboard.

1:06:461:06:49

You never know, one of them might need it one day.

1:06:491:06:51

-HEFINA:

-We'll be back in good time for the vote.

-Righto.

1:06:531:06:55

Any problems, we can be reached at the bookshop.

1:06:551:06:58

-You're going to miss this train.

-Rowena Roberts has had a baby.

1:06:581:07:00

-She needs an extra box.

-I can't hear you.

1:07:001:07:02

-Rowena Roberts has had a baby.

-Strange.

1:07:021:07:04

I can't... I can't... I can't hear you.

1:07:041:07:06

-She needs an extra box.

-CLIFF CHUCKLES

1:07:061:07:09

# ..Some love and pride

1:07:201:07:22

# That's what my heart yearns for now

1:07:221:07:27

# Love and pride... #

1:07:271:07:29

And the difference is this is open to everyone. OK?

1:07:291:07:32

Gay, straight, it doesn't matter.

1:07:321:07:33

We want people to come together to show their support.

1:07:331:07:36

Why should gay people like me support the miners?

1:07:361:07:38

Because miners dig for coal, which produces power,

1:07:381:07:41

which allows gay people like you to dance to Bananarama

1:07:411:07:43

until three o'clock in the morning. Next question?

1:07:431:07:46

CHATTER

1:07:461:07:47

Are you all right?

1:07:471:07:49

Oh, my God!

1:07:491:07:50

Yes, you. The cute one.

1:07:501:07:52

I've never met a pop star.

1:07:531:07:55

I have. Max Boyce.

1:07:551:07:56

He was playing Swansea Grand the year our Jane was born.

1:07:561:07:59

-LAUGHING

-What's funny about that?

1:07:591:08:01

You need to push the T-shirts and the badges as hard as you can.

1:08:011:08:04

This is a fundraiser. Make sure people are buying stuff.

1:08:041:08:08

-Is he in charge?

-He's the official photographer.

1:08:101:08:12

We don't want it to be all churchy. Do you know what I mean?

1:08:181:08:21

It's a christening.

1:08:211:08:23

But the readings don't all have to come from the Bible, do they?

1:08:231:08:26

You can have all sorts of things nowadays. It's more open.

1:08:261:08:30

# ..Some love and pride! #

1:08:331:08:35

Meeting's tomorrow, three o'clock sharp.

1:08:351:08:37

-We'll make it, as long as we leave early enough.

-And the vote?

1:08:371:08:39

At the end. Single question,

1:08:391:08:42

can we continue taking your support in the light of recent events?

1:08:421:08:44

-"Recent events."

-Mmm.

-You won't have anything to worry about,

1:08:441:08:47

I'm telling you, when they see what you make out of this.

1:08:471:08:49

If we make anything out of this.

1:08:491:08:51

Are you joking, man? You're already famous.

1:08:511:08:53

Give it here.

1:08:531:08:55

"Bronski Beat are to headline a benefit

1:08:551:08:57

"for the miners at the Electric Ballroom."

1:08:571:09:00

CHEERING

1:09:001:09:01

"Pits and Perverts is being organised

1:09:011:09:03

"by the London Lesbians' and Gay Men's Support the Miners group."

1:09:031:09:06

Got the name wrong.

1:09:061:09:07

"The event is open to everyone, gay or straight,

1:09:071:09:10

"and will be a real festive occasion

1:09:101:09:12

"through which we can express our solidarity

1:09:121:09:14

"with the mining communities."

1:09:141:09:16

CHEERING

1:09:161:09:17

CHATTER

1:09:201:09:22

Five pounds for a T-shirt, anyone? Five pounds for a T-shirt.

1:09:261:09:28

INDISTINCT CHATTER

1:09:281:09:33

JOE: Support the miners!

1:09:331:09:35

RHYTHMIC APPLAUSE

1:09:361:09:38

CHEERING

1:09:391:09:40

Welcome, ladies and gentlemen,

1:09:451:09:47

to the gays...

1:09:471:09:49

CHEERING

1:09:491:09:50

..to the straights...

1:09:501:09:52

CHEERING

1:09:521:09:54

..and to the as-yet-undecided.

1:09:541:09:56

CHEERING AND LAUGHTER

1:09:561:09:58

Welcome to the Electric Ballroom, Camden, for this,

1:10:001:10:04

the first ever Pits and Perverts benefit ball!

1:10:041:10:10

CHEERING

1:10:101:10:11

JIMMY SOMERVILLE: # Tell me why

1:10:131:10:16

# Tell me why... #

1:10:161:10:20

MUSIC: Why? by Bronski Beat

1:10:201:10:22

# ..Contempt in your eyes when I turn to kiss his lips

1:10:301:10:34

# Broken I lie, all my feelings denied, blood on your fist

1:10:371:10:41

# Can you tell me why?

1:10:431:10:46

# Can you tell me why?

1:10:461:10:50

# Can you tell me why?

1:10:501:10:53

# Can you tell me why... #

1:10:531:10:55

This is the first gay club we've ever been to.

1:10:551:10:57

Yeah? As a matter of fact, we're not gay, either.

1:10:571:11:00

Oh.

1:11:001:11:02

We're miners.

1:11:021:11:03

That's perfect.

1:11:111:11:12

Hide me. Hide me.

1:11:121:11:13

Hey. Why?

1:11:131:11:15

If you see Steph, perhaps you'd give her this?

1:11:171:11:20

They want me to join their breakaway group,

1:11:221:11:24

Lesbians Against Pit Closures. Strictly women only.

1:11:241:11:27

I don't think I could trust myself. Do you?

1:11:271:11:29

# ..You and me together fighting for our love... #

1:11:291:11:34

Are you going to take my picture, then?

1:11:341:11:37

# ..Can you tell me why?

1:11:371:11:40

# Can you tell me why?

1:11:401:11:43

# Can you tell me why?

1:11:431:11:46

# Can you tell me why? #

1:11:461:11:50

CHEERING

1:11:501:11:52

Well, it's incredible to see such a mix of people here tonight,

1:11:531:11:58

gay and straight.

1:11:581:11:59

Can you see what we've done here?

1:12:011:12:03

By coming together, all of us, by pledging our solidarity,

1:12:031:12:08

our friendship, we've made history.

1:12:081:12:12

CHEERING

1:12:121:12:14

Back in our...

1:12:261:12:28

Back in our miners' lodge, in Wales,

1:12:281:12:32

we have a banner.

1:12:321:12:35

And it's old, it's very old. Maybe 100 years.

1:12:351:12:39

And it's this, two hands together.

1:12:401:12:43

Joined like this.

1:12:451:12:47

Well, I tell you now,

1:12:481:12:51

you've worn our badge, "Coal not dole"...

1:12:511:12:54

..and when the time comes - you have my word on this -

1:12:551:13:00

we will wear yours.

1:13:001:13:02

-CHEERING

-Shoulder to shoulder,

1:13:021:13:04

hand to hand.

1:13:041:13:06

-HEFINA:

-Come on, then, that's right. We're off out for the night.

1:13:111:13:13

I hope you ladies aren't going to let me down.

1:13:131:13:15

What? We want to see everything! Don't we?

1:13:151:13:18

-What, everything?

-Even the rubber scene.

1:13:181:13:21

LAUGHTER

1:13:211:13:22

MUSIC: You Spin Me Round (Like A Record) by Dead or Alive

1:13:221:13:26

# Right round like a record, baby Right round, round, round

1:13:261:13:31

# You spin me right round, baby

1:13:311:13:34

# Right round like a record, baby

1:13:341:13:36

# I want your love

1:13:361:13:43

# I want your love... #

1:13:431:13:47

LAUGHTER

1:13:471:13:49

Sorry, ladies. This is a men-only venue.

1:13:491:13:51

Oh, don't be daft, love. We've come all the way from Powys.

1:13:511:13:54

LAUGHTER

1:13:541:13:55

Evening.

1:13:571:13:59

Hello.

1:13:591:14:00

MUSIC: Situation by Yazoo

1:14:001:14:01

# Blue-eyed dressed for every situation

1:14:011:14:05

# Moving through the doorway of a nation

1:14:051:14:09

# Pick me up and shake the doubt

1:14:091:14:11

# Baby, I can't do without... #

1:14:111:14:14

How'd you get into that leotard, then?

1:14:141:14:16

Erm, talcum powder.

1:14:161:14:18

What?

1:14:181:14:20

Talcum powder.

1:14:201:14:22

Oh. Lily of the valley, I use.

1:14:221:14:25

LAUGHTER

1:14:261:14:28

Mark?

1:14:311:14:33

Oh, my God. Mark Ashton.

1:14:331:14:36

Tim.

1:14:361:14:37

Oh, this is insane.

1:14:391:14:41

I'm bumping into everybody tonight.

1:14:411:14:43

How are you?

1:14:431:14:45

You still changing the world?

1:14:471:14:49

-Bit by bit.

-Tim, come on.

1:14:501:14:52

I haven't been home in four days.

1:14:521:14:54

Haven't you?

1:14:541:14:56

I'm on a farewell tour.

1:14:561:14:59

Where are you going?

1:14:591:15:00

TIM CHUCKLES

1:15:001:15:02

You are a beautiful man, Mark.

1:15:121:15:14

I miss you.

1:15:171:15:18

Please take care of yourself. OK?

1:15:191:15:23

Please.

1:15:231:15:24

Come on.

1:15:241:15:25

Please take care.

1:15:251:15:27

LIVELY CHATTER

1:15:331:15:35

JONATHAN: Come on, then, girls. That's enough.

1:15:351:15:37

Back to ours. Bedtime.

1:15:371:15:40

Come on.

1:15:401:15:42

-I'm sorry.

-Don't worry. You're lighter than your husband.

1:15:421:15:44

Mmm. Do you know what I was when I met Alan?

1:15:441:15:50

Drunk?

1:15:501:15:51

16.

1:15:521:15:54

Think that's ridiculous?

1:15:541:15:56

I was pretty then.

1:15:581:16:00

You're pretty now.

1:16:001:16:01

It all goes south, doesn't it?

1:16:031:16:05

Love. Looks. Everything.

1:16:051:16:09

That's cheery(!)

1:16:091:16:11

Sod it.

1:16:111:16:12

I always thought sex was for the men, really, anyway.

1:16:121:16:15

We just put up with it, don't we? Keep them quiet.

1:16:151:16:17

OK.

1:16:171:16:19

I will listen to a certain amount of drunken bollocks, Gail,

1:16:191:16:22

but sex is not just for the men,

1:16:221:16:24

it's for the women, too. Believe me.

1:16:241:16:26

GAIL SNIGGERS

1:16:361:16:37

Oh, yeah!

1:16:371:16:39

SIAN: Gail, come on.

1:16:391:16:41

GAIL LAUGHS LOUDLY

1:16:451:16:47

No carpets.

1:16:511:16:53

This is Laura Ashley. I've seen it before.

1:16:531:16:56

-Where?

-Cardiff.

1:16:571:16:59

What I want to know is...

1:16:591:17:01

..what's this?

1:17:021:17:03

SHRIEKS OF LAUGHTER

1:17:031:17:05

Hefina, you put that back immediately.

1:17:051:17:07

That's nothing. Here, look what else I've found.

1:17:071:17:10

You never went under his bed?!

1:17:101:17:12

When was the last time you saw anything like that?

1:17:151:17:19

Huh? When? When?

1:17:191:17:20

GETHIN SIGHS

1:17:201:17:23

WOMEN TALKING NEXT DOOR

1:17:231:17:25

Don't those women ever sleep?

1:17:261:17:28

Jesus, God, that takes me back.

1:17:341:17:36

SIGHS

1:17:561:17:58

FLOORBOARDS CREAK

1:18:201:18:21

Mum?

1:18:221:18:24

JONATHAN: So, what were their names again, boys?

1:18:461:18:48

-GARY:

-Mine was Jess.

-CARL:

-And mine was Carol.

1:18:481:18:51

LAUGHTER

1:18:511:18:52

Six straight people asked me if they could join us last night.

1:18:521:18:54

-You're joking.

-We should set up another group.

1:18:541:18:57

Straights Supporting Gays Supporting Miners.

1:18:571:18:59

CHATTER

1:19:001:19:02

-Right, that's it, we're off.

-What about Bromley?

1:19:071:19:09

He's too late. You've got a meeting to get to.

1:19:091:19:11

The vote, remember?

1:19:111:19:13

OK.

1:19:131:19:14

-Surely you've got his number, Steph.

-Nobody's got his number.

1:19:141:19:17

-He lives at home.

-Sorry, Mark's right.

1:19:171:19:19

If we're going to get there by three...

1:19:191:19:20

He's blown it. Come on, let's go.

1:19:201:19:22

-Oh, what a shame.

-He was sucking face till the lights came up.

1:19:221:19:25

I wouldn't waste any time feeling sorry for him.

1:19:251:19:27

Can I please have an aspirin?

1:19:271:19:29

INCIDENTAL MUSIC DROWNS OUT SPEECH

1:19:451:19:48

CLIFF: What the hell's this?

1:20:061:20:07

Plans change, Cliff. It's not my fault.

1:20:071:20:10

No answer. They must be on their way.

1:20:121:20:14

OK.

1:20:141:20:16

I can't speak in front of all these people, Cliff.

1:20:171:20:19

I can't.

1:20:191:20:21

I know you think you know what you want, Joe, but you're so young.

1:20:301:20:34

That's what the law's for, to protect you.

1:20:361:20:38

HE SIGHS

1:20:391:20:41

I didn't know who I was at your age.

1:20:501:20:52

It's such a terrible life, Joe.

1:20:581:21:00

It's lonely.

1:21:021:21:04

Is that what you want?

1:21:051:21:07

No family?

1:21:081:21:10

Hiding from people at work, from everyone?

1:21:101:21:13

Keeping secrets?

1:21:131:21:16

-WHISPERS:

-Come here.

1:21:251:21:27

-MAN:

-'So now Cliff will speak on behalf of the LGSM.'

1:21:291:21:33

The floor's yours, Cliff.

1:21:331:21:35

Um... Well...

1:21:421:21:44

Well, what I want to say abo...

1:21:441:21:47

..about the gays and lesbians...

1:21:481:21:51

Why don't you do us a poem, Cliff?

1:21:511:21:53

LAUGHTER

1:21:531:21:55

-ALL CHANT:

-Poem! Poem! Poem! Poem! Poem! Poem!

1:21:551:22:00

I want to propose that this meeting is unlawful.

1:22:001:22:03

I want to propose that this meeting was brought forward unlawfully

1:22:031:22:07

and that most of the people here aren't even from this village.

1:22:071:22:10

All right. Let's bring it forward to the vote.

1:22:101:22:13

TYRES SCREECH

1:22:151:22:17

-HEFINA:

-There we go. Two hours to spare.

1:22:171:22:21

Hefina Heddon, you drive like a bloody lunatic.

1:22:211:22:25

-Oh, Jesus Christ.

-Gwen, look after the gays.

1:22:251:22:29

Righto.

1:22:291:22:31

-Three o'clock.

-You can't dictate when the committee sits.

1:22:381:22:41

-You told us three o'clock.

-And then we had to change it.

1:22:411:22:43

-Bloody disgusting way to behave.

-If you weren't in London...

1:22:431:22:46

It's invalid. This decision is invalid.

1:22:461:22:48

-We can fight it.

-We've got one fight, Dai. The fucking strike.

1:22:481:22:51

Or have you forgotten that, all of you,

1:22:511:22:53

dancing around in London?

1:22:531:22:55

The trouble with those people is they jump on the bandwagon.

1:22:551:22:58

-What?

-It's well known.

1:22:581:23:00

They pretend they're backing you,

1:23:001:23:01

but what they're really doing is pushing their own agenda.

1:23:011:23:04

-Gay rights.

-What?!

1:23:041:23:06

We've seen articles, Hefina.

1:23:061:23:09

Christ Jesus help me.

1:23:091:23:11

You better shut her mouth or I'm going to do it PERMANENTLY!

1:23:111:23:14

-SHOUTING

-DAI: No, come on, that's enough.

1:23:141:23:17

MAN: An official letter will be sent...

1:23:171:23:19

I can't... I can't listen to this.

1:23:191:23:21

..to thank them most sincerely.

1:23:211:23:23

But the vote was we won't be accepting their support any more.

1:23:231:23:27

They're causing us embarrassment, Dai, that's the thing.

1:23:271:23:30

And we're not strong enough, not now.

1:23:301:23:32

We're struggling to survive as it is.

1:23:321:23:34

Oh, that reminds me.

1:23:341:23:36

Courtesy of "those people" and their "agenda".

1:23:411:23:44

Jesus Christ.

1:23:461:23:47

I don't suppose you opened your mouth, did you?

1:23:471:23:50

Didn't want to rock the boat, is that it?

1:23:501:23:52

There's bloody thousands here.

1:23:551:23:57

You think you've known someone your whole life.

1:24:031:24:05

Turns out they're a complete stranger.

1:24:051:24:08

I'd say the same about you, Cliff.

1:24:081:24:09

I'll tell you something. If you think this is what

1:24:091:24:12

my brother would have wanted, you're wrong.

1:24:121:24:15

We came to help you win, and if we're not helping, we have to go.

1:24:181:24:22

-This was all you.

-No.

1:24:221:24:24

-It was.

-DAI SIGHS

1:24:241:24:26

All right. Take my advice.

1:24:291:24:31

Don't give it all to the fight.

1:24:331:24:34

Save some for home.

1:24:351:24:37

There's more to life, you know?

1:24:381:24:40

You girls have opened my eyes.

1:24:441:24:45

I'm going to extend my repertoire, you'll see.

1:24:451:24:48

The vegan Delia Smith.

1:24:481:24:49

STEPH CHUCKLES

1:24:491:24:51

(Bye.)

1:24:531:24:54

Bye. Take care, now.

1:24:541:24:56

It's a bloody travesty, man.

1:25:191:25:21

-I don't accept it.

-Gethin...

1:25:521:25:54

I don't. They can't stop me from collecting money. How can they?

1:25:541:25:57

-Don't be crazy, Gethin.

-Geth...

1:25:571:25:59

Somebody better tell Lesbians Against Pit Closures.

1:26:011:26:03

-What now?

-What do you mean?

1:26:071:26:09

What are we doing? Where are we going?

1:26:091:26:11

It's over, Mike. Were you not paying attention? We lost.

1:26:111:26:13

And I don't know about you, but I'm pissing off.

1:26:131:26:16

-Where?

-Anywhere.

1:26:161:26:17

-I'm out of here.

-What about the rest of us?

1:26:171:26:19

Do you think it's possible that, just for once,

1:26:191:26:21

you could make your own decision, Mike?

1:26:211:26:22

-You what?!

-Do you think that just for once

1:26:221:26:24

you could stop following me around like a fucking spaniel

1:26:241:26:27

and let me have a life of my own?

1:26:271:26:28

Yeah.

1:26:301:26:31

Yeah, I think I could manage that, yeah.

1:26:311:26:33

Good. Piss off, all of you. Leave me alone.

1:26:331:26:36

Oh, fu...

1:26:381:26:39

MUSIC: Relax by Frankie Goes To Hollywood

1:26:421:26:44

Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners.

1:26:441:26:46

Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners.

1:26:471:26:49

Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners.

1:26:491:26:51

Never mind the miners. There's gay people dying every day.

1:26:511:26:53

That's what you should be thinking about.

1:26:531:26:56

Not the bloody miners.

1:26:561:26:58

Arsehole.

1:26:591:27:01

LAUGHTER

1:27:031:27:04

Excuse me?

1:27:041:27:06

Excuse me?

1:27:081:27:10

Excuse me. I only want to talk to you.

1:27:111:27:14

DOORBELL RINGS

1:27:191:27:20

TV: 'Now, I tell you what we'll do. Let's come over here.

1:27:221:27:25

'This is the key you swapped to.

1:27:251:27:26

'Oh, well, we'll leave that there...

1:27:261:27:28

'Now, just come over here, my son, and get yourself a nice...'

1:27:281:27:31

Is Joe there, please?

1:27:311:27:33

No, I'm afraid he's out.

1:27:331:27:35

Can you tell him that his friend Gethin's in hospital?

1:27:351:27:38

It's very important. He's, erm...

1:27:381:27:39

He's in St Thomas's Hospital. He's been beaten up.

1:27:391:27:42

Yes, of course I'll tell him.

1:27:421:27:44

And will you tell him that Steph called round to see how he was?

1:27:441:27:48

Who was that?

1:27:501:27:51

Tina. She wants a lift in the morning.

1:27:541:27:57

You're back at the Jobcentre tomorrow, don't forget.

1:27:571:27:59

I should've...

1:28:061:28:08

I should've said more.

1:28:081:28:10

I could have. I could have spoken better.

1:28:121:28:14

If you're going to cut, cut it straight.

1:28:161:28:18

Triangles.

1:28:181:28:20

HE SIGHS

1:28:271:28:29

I'm gay.

1:28:321:28:33

I know.

1:28:401:28:41

I've known for a little while now, Cliff.

1:28:451:28:48

Since the gays arrived?

1:28:491:28:51

Well, I can't speak for the rest of the village, but...

1:28:531:28:55

speaking for myself, since about 1968.

1:28:551:28:58

HE SIGHS Well...

1:28:581:29:01

Yeah.

1:29:031:29:05

HORN HONKS

1:29:311:29:32

What's that?

1:29:321:29:34

It's the new van.

1:29:341:29:36

About time, too.

1:29:361:29:38

-What the hell's this?

-New van.

1:29:411:29:43

Courtesy of our gay friends down in London.

1:29:431:29:46

-I'm not getting in that.

-Then you'll have to stay here.

1:29:461:29:48

-In you get, lads. Quick now.

-MUTTERING

1:29:481:29:51

You a lesbian, are you, love?

1:30:131:30:15

That's right. We're just off to Swansea now for a massive lez-off.

1:30:151:30:18

TV: 'Britain's longest-running national strike is over.

1:30:371:30:39

'Amongst scenes of bitterness and anger,

1:30:391:30:42

'NUM delegates voted narrowly for an organised return to work on Tuesday.

1:30:421:30:46

'Tomorrow, most of Britain's coal miners will return to work.

1:30:461:30:49

'They say they'll march back, heads held high.

1:30:491:30:52

'It's almost a year to the very day since they walked out

1:30:521:30:54

'and embarked on a course of action which...'

1:30:541:30:56

Joe, have you seen the news?

1:30:561:30:59

Thank God for that.

1:30:591:31:00

Joe?

1:31:021:31:03

DOOR CLOSES

1:31:031:31:05

MARCHING BRASS BAND PLAYS

1:31:071:31:11

WOMEN SHOUTING INDISTINCTLY

1:31:221:31:24

Bloody hell!

1:31:451:31:46

-Mark! Where are you going?

-I'm leaving.

1:32:161:32:19

I was trying to make myself feel better and I failed.

1:32:191:32:23

I've been virtually under house arrest.

1:32:231:32:25

Stuck with my parents. I haven't seen anyone.

1:32:251:32:27

-I tried ringing Steph, but she's always...

-Why don't you leave?

1:32:271:32:30

I did, last night. I didn't even tell them I was going.

1:32:301:32:33

That's not leaving, it's running. What are you going to do now?

1:32:331:32:36

-Stay here.

-And do what? And get a job down the pit?

1:32:361:32:40

That's all they need, a trained pastry chef with a camera(!)

1:32:401:32:43

When are you going to get some guts, huh?

1:32:431:32:45

You're a member of LGSM, Bromley.

1:32:451:32:46

So stop sneaking out of your mammy's house

1:32:461:32:48

in the dead of night and stand up for yourself. Have some pride.

1:32:481:32:52

Because life is short, OK?

1:32:521:32:54

It's short.

1:32:561:32:57

OK?

1:32:591:33:01

-What should I tell the others?

-Nothing. I wasn't here.

1:33:321:33:36

-SIGHS

-You're a mad bugger.

1:33:401:33:42

I'm taking you home after that. In the van. No arguments.

1:33:421:33:45

Will you give this to Jeff, please, Joe?

1:33:451:33:49

Of course I will.

1:33:491:33:51

Come on.

1:33:511:33:53

CHUCKLES

1:33:531:33:55

What about Gethin? Is he OK?

1:33:571:34:00

Gethin?

1:34:001:34:01

The last I heard, he was back on the ward.

1:34:011:34:03

I don't like Meltis Fruits.

1:34:271:34:29

Then maybe you won't go through them quite so fast.

1:34:291:34:32

Help me out with these, will you, Bromley?

1:34:351:34:38

DOOR OPENS

1:34:401:34:42

Stay in bed.

1:34:421:34:43

Keep an eye on Jonathan for me, will you?

1:34:461:34:48

He needs to take care of himself.

1:34:481:34:50

It's you we're taking care of, you daft sod.

1:34:501:34:52

If you could make sure he's got some groceries in.

1:34:521:34:54

Gethin...

1:34:541:34:55

He's HIV positive, Sian.

1:34:551:34:57

He's not supposed to smoke. And he needs to eat properly.

1:35:021:35:05

Please. For me.

1:35:111:35:13

-JOE:

-Gethin?

1:35:151:35:17

Hello!

1:35:201:35:21

HE GROANS

1:35:221:35:24

This is my mum.

1:35:241:35:25

Hello.

1:35:251:35:27

Come in.

1:35:271:35:28

Back then, when they knew even less about this thing,

1:35:311:35:34

they gave out numbers with each diagnosis.

1:35:341:35:36

One, two, three and so on.

1:35:371:35:40

Of course, when they got into the high thousands, it...

1:35:411:35:44

I'm number two.

1:35:541:35:56

Nobody knows what's keeping me alive.

1:36:001:36:02

I think it's the grass.

1:36:041:36:05

What are you going to do now?

1:36:101:36:11

Make you some soup.

1:36:131:36:15

Drive back to Wales.

1:36:151:36:17

No, I mean with your life.

1:36:181:36:20

I'm a wife and mother, love.

1:36:211:36:24

My life goes back to normal now.

1:36:251:36:27

Well, it shouldn't.

1:36:281:36:30

You've a first-class mind.

1:36:311:36:33

You should do something. Go to college.

1:36:331:36:37

Don't waste it, Sian.

1:36:371:36:40

There are young people dying every day now...

1:36:401:36:43

good people...

1:36:431:36:45

..clever, promising.

1:36:461:36:48

Don't you dare waste it.

1:36:491:36:51

CLASSICAL MUSIC PLAYS

1:36:531:36:57

Oh, shit.

1:36:571:36:58

VAN ENGINE STOPS

1:37:081:37:10

-WHISPERS:

-Excuse me.

1:37:131:37:15

-Sorry.

-GUESTS MURMUR

1:37:181:37:20

What the hell is this? And where have you been?

1:37:271:37:30

Hello. You must be Joe's mum. I'm Sian.

1:37:371:37:39

Will you please remove your van from my property?

1:37:391:37:41

I hope you appreciate him,

1:37:431:37:45

cos there's a whole village back in Wales who thinks he's a hero.

1:37:451:37:48

VAN ENGINE STARTS

1:37:481:37:50

EMBARRASSED GIGGLES

1:37:581:37:59

Joe?

1:37:591:38:01

Mum, he's done this on purpose.

1:38:011:38:03

It's all right, I'm leaving.

1:38:031:38:04

I hope one day we can be friends again, Mum.

1:38:051:38:08

Oi, you got something to say to your sister?

1:38:101:38:12

I've got something to say to you, Jason. You're a dick.

1:38:121:38:15

And, Tina, that tight perm doesn't suit you. It never has.

1:38:151:38:19

I'm sorry.

1:38:191:38:21

Joe...

1:38:261:38:28

Joe!

1:38:301:38:31

All right?

1:39:071:39:09

Cheers.

1:39:151:39:16

BOTH CHUCKLE

1:39:161:39:18

While you've been away, I've been changing my act. You watch.

1:39:181:39:22

Demure and accommodating, that's me.

1:39:221:39:26

The lesbian Lady Di.

1:39:261:39:29

I think I'd find that a tremendous disappointment.

1:39:321:39:35

BOTH CHUCKLE

1:39:351:39:36

I'm glad you came back, Bromley. It wasn't the same without you.

1:39:371:39:41

Thanks.

1:39:431:39:44

I'm glad I came back, too.

1:39:501:39:52

If we were normal, this is when we'd kiss.

1:39:541:39:58

BOTH LAUGH

1:40:011:40:03

SEWING MACHINE HUMS

1:40:281:40:31

-There's the rest of it.

-Thanks.

1:40:311:40:33

MACHINE RATTLES

1:40:331:40:34

"Screw you, Thatcher" or "Fuck you"?

1:40:341:40:36

I can see the appeal of both.

1:40:361:40:39

Jonathan, "screw" or "fuck"?

1:40:391:40:41

"Screw." It's more visceral.

1:40:411:40:44

-MAN ON MEGAPHONE:

-Attention, attention!

1:40:451:40:47

We have reason to believe that there are known homosexualists

1:40:481:40:51

and a confirmed lesbo inside these premises

1:40:511:40:54

and that they are armed with sewing machines and glitter.

1:40:541:40:58

A-ha.

1:41:011:41:02

Now that you have made yourselves known to me,

1:41:021:41:05

I have a question for the notorious Accrington sodomite

1:41:051:41:08

-known as Mike Jackson.

-Will you please put that down?

1:41:081:41:10

-We have a very good relationship with our neighbours.

-Mike!

1:41:101:41:14

HE SIGHS

1:41:141:41:16

Mike!

1:41:161:41:17

I behaved like a prick before.

1:41:261:41:28

Do you forgive me?

1:41:301:41:32

Just...just get up here and sew something, will you?

1:41:341:41:37

SEWING MACHINE HUMS

1:41:421:41:44

There you go, Bromley.

1:41:501:41:52

Happy birthday.

1:41:541:41:56

Thank you.

1:42:141:42:15

Right. Now get to work.

1:42:171:42:20

And just for future reference...

1:42:211:42:23

-..my name's Joe.

-You tell 'em, Bromley.

1:42:251:42:28

ALL CHANT: Bromley! Bromley! Bromley! Bromley! Bromley! Bromley!

1:42:281:42:34

Bromley! Bromley! Bromley! Bromley! Bromley! Bromley! Bromley!

1:42:341:42:40

Bromley! Bromley! Bromley!

1:42:401:42:43

Oi, haven't you heard about the miners, dearie?

1:42:551:42:58

They lost.

1:43:001:43:01

POLICEMEN LAUGH

1:43:011:43:02

-Have you heard? No politics.

-What?

1:43:041:43:06

-Mark's over with the steward now.

-No politics?

1:43:061:43:08

-No slogans.

-We're a Mardi Gras, apparently.

1:43:081:43:10

-There was a general feeling...

-Amongst who?

-Amongst the committee

1:43:121:43:15

that people are tired of politics and that this year,

1:43:151:43:17

the tone's celebratory, with affirmative slogans

1:43:171:43:19

-and a positive atmosphere.

-Horse shit.

1:43:191:43:21

If you march with your banner,

1:43:211:43:22

you'll be at the back with the fringe groups.

1:43:221:43:24

Mate, we're LGSM. We fought alongside the miners.

1:43:241:43:26

Congratulations.

1:43:261:43:28

-But now it's time for a party.

-What?

-Bollocks.

1:43:281:43:30

Complete and utter bollocks.

1:43:301:43:32

What's LGSM's position?

1:43:321:43:33

We're going to march.

1:43:331:43:35

-But with banners or without?

-With!

1:43:351:43:36

This is a fucking demonstration.

1:43:361:43:38

That's why we've decided to lead the fringe groups at the back.

1:43:381:43:40

Why would you be leading it?

1:43:401:43:42

-I'm not getting rid of the banner.

-Listen...

1:43:421:43:44

-There's got to be a compromise.

-Why?

1:43:441:43:45

Because that's how you get things done.

1:43:451:43:47

-No, it fucking isn't.

-Listen!

1:43:471:43:48

Why does everything get so aggressive with you lot?

1:43:481:43:51

Listen to me! Listen to me.

1:43:511:43:53

Whether we march with banners or without,

1:43:531:43:55

the important thing is that we march together, all of us.

1:43:551:43:58

That's what this whole thing has been about since the beginning

1:43:581:44:00

and that is absolutely how it is going to end.

1:44:001:44:02

Together, us united.

1:44:021:44:04

-Bloody hell.

-CHEERING

1:44:041:44:07

HORN HONKS

1:44:071:44:08

CHEERING

1:44:111:44:14

Ah, yeah!

1:44:161:44:17

I can't believe you're here. I can't believe you're here!

1:44:171:44:20

All right?

1:44:201:44:21

Where are my lesbians? Where are my lesbians?

1:44:211:44:25

-Hi!

-Hey.

1:44:251:44:28

Hi!

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These are all cucumber. No butter. Stork SB every one.

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-I can't believe you came.

-Miners, see? We love a bloody good march.

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-Right, where do you want us?

-I'll tell them.

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There's too many of you.

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-What?

-You'll have to go to the front. You'll have to lead.

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-We're not losing our banners, mate.

-What do you mean...?

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-"Too many"?

-What's he on about?

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I think he means them.

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Caerphilly. West Glamorgan.

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East Glamorgan. Abercrave Lodge.

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Aberdare Lodge.

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Bargoed Surface Lodge.

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Fernhill Lodge. Mardy Lodge.

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Blaengwrach Lodge. Cambrian Lodge.

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Ferniside Plant. Mountain Ash Lodge.

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Dulais Valley Lodge, Onllwyn.

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Haverfordwest Lodge.

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South Wales NUM headquarters.

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CLIFF: The gays and lesbians have been absolutely magnificent,

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there's no other word for it.

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You must have found it a bit weird,

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a load of gays and lesbians descending on you like that.

1:45:411:45:44

Why on earth would we have found that weird?

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UNION MAN CONTINUES CALLING OUT LODGES

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-This way, guys. We're at the front.

-APPLAUSE

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Come on, guys. We're at the front. This way.

1:45:571:46:00

CROWD CHEER

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CAMERA SHUTTERS CLICK

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Not worried about being too visible this time?

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Shut up and march.

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MARCHING BAND PLAYS: The Battle Hymn Of The Republic

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MUSIC: There Is A Power In A Union by Billy Bragg

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# There's power in a factory

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# Power in the land

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# Power in the hand of the worker

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# But it all amounts to nothing

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# If together we don't stand

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# There is power in a union

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# Now, the lessons of the past

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# Were all learned with workers' blood

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# The mistakes of the bosses we must pay for

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# From the cities and the farmlands

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# To trenches full of mud

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# War has always been the bosses' way, sir

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# The union forever

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# Defending our rights

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# Down with the blackleg

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# All workers unite

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# With our brothers and our sisters

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# From many far-off lands

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# There is power in a union

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# Now, I long for the morning

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# That they realise

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# Brutality and unjust laws cannot defeat us

1:47:511:47:57

# But who'll defend the workers

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# Who cannot organise

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# When the bosses send their lackeys out to cheat us?

1:48:011:48:06

# Money speaks for money

1:48:061:48:08

# The devil for his own

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# Who comes to speak for the skin and the bone?

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# What a comfort to the widow

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# A light to the child

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# There is power in a union

1:48:211:48:26

# The union forever

1:48:441:48:47

# Defending our rights

1:48:471:48:49

# Down with the blackleg

1:48:491:48:52

# All workers unite

1:48:521:48:54

# With our brothers and our sisters

1:48:541:48:56

# Together we will stand

1:48:561:48:59

# There is power in a union. #

1:48:591:49:04

In 1984, with Margaret Thatcher and the Conservative Party in power, a group of lesbian and gay activists, led by Mark Ashton, find unlikely allies in a collective of Welsh miners taking industrial action following pit closures.

With both groups equally despised by Thatcher, Ashton proposes a show of solidarity between them, but tabloid smears and a frosty reception from the miners' families threaten to derail his plans.