hairless: Pride


Based on a true story, the film depicts a group of lesbian and gay activists who raised money to help families affected by the 1984 British miners’, the start of what would become the Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners campaign. The National Union of Mineworkers was reluctant to accept the group’s support due to the union’s anxiety about being openly associated with a gay group. So the activists took their donations directly to Onllwyn, resulting in an an unlikely alliance between the two communities.

In 1984 a young closet gay hesitantly arrives in London for his first Gay Pride march and is taken under the collective wing of a group of gay men and Lesbian Steph (Faye Marsay), who meet at a Soho bookshop.

The group believes gays and miners should show solidarity. Almost by accident a mini-bus full of gays find themselves in the Welsh village of Onllwyn in the Dulais valley and through their sincere fund raising and some nifty disco moves persuade most of the community that they are on the same side.

Ultimately the strike is defeated and the miners go back to work but the following year they turn up with their banners too support the next Gay Pride march.

The makeup

Nadia Stacey was the hair & makeup designer; Monica MacDonald was the hair & makeup supervisor.

Faye Marsay was interviewed during filming and described her transformation:

They took the shears to it. They shaved a kind of Mohican quiff, used a blade at the very back and chucked a load of bleach on it. I’m glad I’ve done it, I wouldn’t have wanted to do it any other way … Get stuck in and do it. That’s all you can do, isn’t it? You might never work again, so get on with it.