[Marxism] Marxism Digest, Vol 131, Issue 34

andrew coates pabs47 at hotmail.com
Sun Sep 28 03:45:36 MDT 2014


Moving and inspiringParticularly gratifying is the portrayal of Mark Ashton, acted with great integrity by Ben Schnetzer. Mark was one of the key motivating forces behind LGSM and also a comrade of mine in the CPGB’s youth organisation, the Young Communist League. He was its general secretary from 1985 - effectively the last before the organisation’s liquidation. Indeed, Mark is the beating heart at the centre of the film in much the same way he was in LGSM - and as he unsuccessfully tried to be in the YCL subsequently. The film captures some of comrade Ashton’s boundless energy, his élan and charismatic leadership style, qualities that attracted and activated people around him - or, as one LGSM activist puts it in the film, “Whatever Mark says, we do it - don’t ask me why!”

Mark Fischer
Full review: http://weeklyworker.co.uk/worker/1027/moving-and-inspiring/
Mark is a third generation Welsh communist who knows the story inside out. 
Everyone I know who's seen it thought the film was great.


Andrew Coates 

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> Opening yesterday at three multiplex theaters in New York rather than in 
> the art house circuit, ?Pride? is calculated to appeal to a broader 
> audience than one might expect given its theme: the alliance between a 
> gay liberation group and the coal miners on strike against Margaret 
> Thatcher in 1983.
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> This makes perfect sense since the art house venue would be the classic 
> case of preaching to the choir.
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> As I sat through the press screening on Thursday night, I was impressed 
> with director Matthew Warchus and screenwriter Stephen Beresford?s 
> popular culture instincts. Basically, they put together a kind of 
> musical comedy along the lines of ?Footloose? in which a transgressive 
> outsider from the big city breaks down the prejudices of a backward 
> rural village. ?Footloose?, made in 1984 when British gays and strikers 
> were bonding with each other, is about the uphill battle a teenage boy 
> has in overturning a local preacher?s ban on rock music and dancing. In 
> ?Pride?, the struggle is to gain acceptance from the miners and their 
> families even when the Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners (LGSM) have 
> raised more money than any other support group.
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> full: http://louisproyect.org/2014/09/27/pride/
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