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21 June 2019

Proud to Fight On

by Syd Briscoe


Pride in London: “Jubilee” - 2 mins 10s

Pride in London have released a film commemorating the event's jubilee year - with imagery ranging from celebratory to heartbreaking as it charts the progress fought for by so many. Directed by Fred Rowson, the film opens on the Stonewall Riots: spontaneous protests which kicked off the modern gay rights movement.

It's a bold first shot, and one which sets the emotional tone for the rest of the film. With the action playing out amidst a minimalist, ever-shifting set, historical audio reminds us of the battles faced, won, and lost. From Section 28 and the AIDS crisis to marriage equality and the current stream of odious press coverage of the transgender community, it's a hell of a ride.

With an ending which looks toward ongoing and future struggles (Scotland's Gender Recognition Act woes, persecution of the LGBT community in Chechnya and Brunei) rather than being purely congratulatory, this is a powerful, timely piece of work which reminds viewers that the first Pride wasn't a party, but a riot.


Creative Agency: BMB Ⓟ Ⓦ
CCO: Matt Lever
Creative: Ben Lambert / Alex Mawby
Account Director: Ben Clark
Business Team: Richard Wilcock
Agency Producer: Jessie Gammell
Creative Production: Charlotte Riley
Film Production: Blink Ⓟ Ⓦ
Director: Fred Rowson Ⓟ Ⓦ
Producer: Corin Taylor
Production M'ger: Beatrice Warren
1st AD: Julian Richards
Executive Producer: Paul Weston
Cinematographer: Kaname Onoyama Ⓦ (WPA Ⓟ Ⓦ)
Art Department: Anna Rhodes
Costume Design: Grace Snell
Hair Design: Kirstin Chalmers
Editor: Sacha Szwarc Ⓟ Ⓦ @ Speade Ⓟ Ⓦ
Post Production: MPC Ⓟ Ⓦ
Colourist: Matthieu Toullet
Sound Designer: Jack Sedgwick @ Wave Ⓟ Ⓦ

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