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Pride writers win BAFTA for Outstanding Debut

Nick Duffy February 8, 2015
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The writer and producer of Pride have picked up a BAFTA.

Writer Stephen Beresford and producer David Livingstone picked up the ‘Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer’ gong for the film.

The film, about a group of gay and lesbian activists who rallied in support of striking miners in the 1980s, was released in the UK to acclaim last year.

The pair beat out competition from Northern Soul, ’71, Lilting and Kajaki: The True Story in the category.

However, it was the only award that the film managed to win – missing out on Outstanding British Film, to drama The Theory of Everything.

Pride actress Imelda Staunton also lost out in the Supporting Actress category, to Patricia Arquette for Boyhood.

Alan Turing biopic The Imitation Game did not win a single award at the ceremony, despite nine nominations.

The film’s DVD release in the US raised eyebrows last month, as the DVD cover makes shocking changes to remove all reference to sexuality.

The film’s synopsis is changed from mentioning “a London-based group of gay and lesbian activists” to “a group of London-based activists”.

PinkNews also discovered that a picture on the back cover has been digitally altered from a widely-circulated promotional image – removing a sign stating ‘Lesbians & Gays Support the Miners’.

Related topics: Awards, Bafta, Baftas, England, Gay, LGBT, Pride, Rights

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