'Pride' wins big at British Independent Film Awards

Pride_Movie_2014_Poster-e1410111866645Pride was the big winner at the British Independent Film Awards on Sunday night (December 7). The film - which tells the true story of the unlikely alliance between the LGBT and Welsh mining communities in the 1980s - was named Best British Independent Film, ahead of The Imitation Game and Mr Turner. Meanwhile, Imelda Staunton and Andrew Scott also won for their supporting roles in the Matthew Warchus-directed film. Last week, it was announced that former Attitude cover star Scott had joined the cast of new Bond film Spectre click here out find out more. Stephen Beresford, who penned the script for Pride, responded to its success by paying tribute to the real life figures who fought for equality. He said: "Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners and the people of the mining community in South Wales stood shoulder to shoulder against the Thatcher government in 1984 and in so doing, unknowingly, paved the way for many of the civil rights that LGBT people enjoy today, including an equal age of consent and an equal marriage. "The lesson of that they did is that same as it was in 1984. It’s just as simple and just as compelling – unite." Meanwhile, Benedict Cumberbatch - who played Alan Turing in The Imitation Game - was this year's recipient of the Variety Award for representing the British film industry at an international level. More Stories: > ‘Pride': The first gay press review by Attitude’s Andrew Fraser > ‘Pride’ wins Best Film at the Attitude Awards 2014