CBS Films Acquires Bill Nighy’s Labor Union Movie ‘Pride’

Matthew Warchus directed the movie, which co-stars Imelda Staunton, Dominic West and Paddy Considine

CBS Films has acquired U.S. rights to “Pride,” which premiered earlier this year at Cannes and will hit theaters on Sept. 19.

The dramatic comedy was directed by Tony Award-winner Matthew Warchus (“God of Carnage”) from a screenplay by Stephen Beresford. David Livingstone produced the film, while Cameron McCracken, Christine Langan and James Clayton executive produced.

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The cast is led by Bill Nighy (“The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”), Imelda Staunton (“Maleficent”), Dominic West (“The Hour”), Paddy Considine (“Submarine”), Andrew Scott (“Sherlock”), Joseph Gilgun (“Lockout”), George MacKay (“How I Live Now”) and Ben Schnetzer (“Warcraft”).

Inspired by a true story, “Pride” is set in the summer of 1984, when 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.

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Pathé is distributing the film in the U.K. and France, and Pathe International has sold the film throughout the rest of the world.  Pathe’s McCracken and Pierre du Plessis led the negotiations on behalf of the filmmakers, while Scott Shooman handled negotiations for CBS Films.