CBS Films has closed a U.S. rights deal for Pride, the comedy that premiered at Cannes. CBS Films has skedded the film to open September 19. Directed by Tony-winning God of Carnage helmer Matthew Warchus from a screenplay by Stephen Beresford, the film takes place summer of 1984, when Margaret Thatcher went head to head against the striking National Union of Mineworkers. That prompted 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. David Livingstone produced with Cameron McCracken, and Christine Langan and Natascha Wharton are exec producers. Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton, Dominic West, Paddy Considine, Andrew Scott, Joseph Gilgun, George MacKay and Ben Schnetzer star. Pathé is distributing the film in the UK and France and Pathe International has sold the film throughout the rest of the world. McCracken, the Managing Director of Pathe Productions, brokered the deal with Deputy Managing Director Pierre du Plessis, and Scott Shooman handled the deal for CBS Films.
Period culture clash comedy Pride was the closing night film of the Directors’ Fortnight sidebar in Cannes this past May. The response was rapturous for the ensemble that’s based on the true story of gay and lesbian activists who attempted to raise money in support of the families of striking miners in 1984 Britain. Helmed by lauded theater director Matthew Warchus, it features a who’s who of British talent including Bill Nighy, Dominic West, Imelda Staunton, Paddy Considine, Andrew Scott, and up-and-comers George MacKay, Freddie Fox and Ben Schnetzer (the lone American in the cast). The Welsh accents may require subtitles when it eventually hits the U.S., in the meantime Pathé releases in the UK on September 12.