Pride, is based on the true story of a group of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender activists, who supported a Welsh Village hit hard by the miners’ strikes in the Eighties.
In the original synopsis on the CBS Films website, the film studio behind Pride, it says: “Pride is inspired by an extraordinary true story. It’s 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.”
However, it’s shocking to know that the DVD cover makes no mention of sexuality whatsoever, merely describing the group as London-based activists.
The image on the back of DVD cover has also apparently been digitally altered to exclude a banner in the background, which reads Lesbians And Gays Support The Miners.
CBS Films, which released the film in conjunction with Sony Pictures, stated that it is now investigating the matter.
In a statement, the company said, “We’re looking into this now and our page for the film remains the same as it has for months.”
For further clarification, the company posted a tweet linking to a review from the Los Angeles Times and saying, “Pride, a film about gay and lesbian support for striking Welsh miners in the ’80s, resonates today”.
Pride, which stars Imelda Staunton and Bill Nighy, was released on DVD in the US shortly before Christmas by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, after the rights to the film were bought by CBS Films.
However the film’s director, Ben Roberts, who himself is gay, said: “I’m not surprised that the US distributors have taken a decision to sell more copies by watering down the gay content. I’m not defending it. It’s wrong and outmoded, but I’m not surprised.”
Sad but true!!!
An American DVD cover for the film Pride appears to have had references to homosexuality removed from it. Pride, is based on the true story of a g...1.5