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“Pride”, starring Imelda Staunton, Bill Nighy, and Jessie Cave, to premiere at Cannes 2014

“Pride”, starring Imelda Staunton, Bill Nighy, and Jessie Cave, to premiere at Cannes 2014

Pride, the new film by Tony Award-winning director Matthew Warchus, is set to premiere at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. The film, which is based on the true story of gay and lesbian UK activists who raised funds to support striking members of the National Union of Mineworkers, stars three (!) former Potter alumni in the form of Imelda Staunton (Dolores Umbridge), Bill Nighy (Rufus Scrimgeour), and Jessie Cave (Lavender Brown).

You can read a synopsis of the film below:

It’s the summer of 1984 – Margaret Thatcher is in power, and the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) is on strike. At the Gay Pride March in London, a group of gay and lesbian activists decides to raise money to support the families of the striking miners. But there is a problem. The Union seems embarrassed to receive their support. But the activists are not deterred. They decide to ignore the Union and go direct to the miners. They identify a mining village in deepest Wales and set off in a mini bus to make their donation in person. And so begins the extraordinary story of two seemingly alien communities who form a surprising and ultimately triumphant partnership.

A still photo from the film was also released in conjunction with the Cannes premiere announcement, showing Imelda Staunton, which you can view below:

Imelda Staunton Pride

The film is produced by David Livingstone for Proud Films and executive-produced by Pathé’s Cameron McCracken and BBC Films’s Christine Langan. It is set to be released in the UK on September 12. Are you looking forward to seeing these three Potter alumni teaming up again on the big screen? Let us know in the comments.

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