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Pride film wins BAFTA award for outstanding debut

Stephen Beresford (left) and David Livingstone with the BAFTA award for Pride. Photo: Doug Peters/Doug Peters/ Empics Entertainment

A film set in the South Wales valleys has won a BAFTA award for outstanding debut.

Pride - filmed in and around the Dulais Valley - is the true story of the unlikely alliance between the gay and lesbian community and striking miners in the 1980s.

Pride is the true story of an unlikely but triumphant alliance between gay and lesbian activists from London and the Welsh miners. Credit: Pride film

Writer Stephen Beresford and producer David Livingstone scooped the award to rapturous applause at the Royal Opera House in London last night.

It took me 20 years to find anyone to agree with me that gay and lesbian activists and a mining dispute that ended in defeat were the ingredients for a sure-fire commercial comedy smash.

'Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners' raised money for the Dulais community in South Wales for no other reason than that they saw all our struggles have common cause.

– Stephen Beresford, Pride screenwriter, speaking at the BAFTAs

One of the characters portrayed in the film was miner's wife and now Swansea East MP, Siân James.

As the 30th anniversary of the end of the strike approaches, Siân spoke to Emily Gadd about the film, her involvement and the wider impact:

Christine Powell, a miner's wife and Neath & District Miners' Support Group treasurer, shares her reaction to the Bafta award win: