Pride Film Screening + live Q&A with Jonathan Blake

Dominic West with Jonathan Blake who he portrays in the film PRIDE [15]

City Screen is pleased to welcome Jonathan Blake, the campaigner portrayed by Dominic West in the BAFTA-winning film, ‘Pride’, to take questions from the audience at a special screening on Friday 8 June.

The film is inspired by an extraordinary true story. It’s set in the summer of 1984; Margaret Thatcher is in power and the National Union of Mineworkers is on strike, prompting a London-based group of gay and lesbian activists to raise money to support the strikers’ families. Initially rebuffed by the Union, the group identifies a tiny mining village in Wales and sets off to make their donation in person. As the strike drags on, the two groups discover that standing together makes for the strongest union of all. Dave Taylor, Marketing Manager of City Screen, says, “We’re delighted to be working with the annual festival ‘York Pride’ to celebrate the LGBT community in our city, and especially pleased to be able to receive one of the people who inspired the film to speak at the cinema.”

Jonathan Blake enthuses about coming to York, “I’m really looking forward to joining you for the screening of ‘Pride’ on Friday night. We all thought our story would die with us ’til along came Stephen Beresford who wrote the screenplay. It’s very humbling that LGSM’s story with the Dulais Community seems to inspire people so much. I can’t wait to be a part of ‘York Pride’ on the Saturday too; it’s a huge honour. Thank you York Pride.“

Greg Stephenson, Chair of York Pride, responded saying, “Personally, ‘Pride’ is one of my favourite films – it’s funny, emotive and inspirational! To have Jonathan with us for York Pride this year is wonderful I can’t wait to hear more about his experiences – in my eyes he’s a true hero of the LGBT community and it’s an honour to welcome him to York.”

Tickets are available from the Coney Street Picturehouse, on 0871 902 5726, or online at www.picturehouses.com