Pride March In Victoria Park
Proud Films latest production, 'Pride', has recently been shooting scenes in the jewel of the East London crown, Victoria Park.
The film was developed by Pathé and Calamity Films and is being co-financed by Pathé, Proud Films, BBC Films and the BFI. It is being directed by Tony Award winning theatre director Matthew Warchus (Matilda: The Musical, God of Carnage) and will star an impressive cast including Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton and Dominic West amongst others.
The story is based on a true story written by the critically acclaimed Stephen Beresford with a plot that is centred around the miners strike in the summer of 1984. The Gay Pride March in London decided to raise money for families of the miners that were striking, but the union was less than enthusiastic to receive their support. Undeterred the activists ignored the Union and set off on a mini bus to deepest (loveliest) Wales to present their donation in person. A journey of discovery, prejudice and ultimately Pride.
The production spent two days in the East fields of Victoria Park, (doubling as Hyde Park) in scenes depicting the beginning of the march where the miners joined the activists in support. A smattering of pink poncho's, banners and an old school police van were all on show for the curious locals.
Working closely with Victoria Park, to ensure the sailing was smooth, the entire shoot was a great success for all involved, re-affirming Victoria Park's position as one of our most popular locations in the borough.