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Among this week’s new additions to Screenbase are comedy-drama Pride starring Bill Nighy and astronaut thriller Alone with Damian Lewis.

Pride is set in the summer of 1984, when Margaret Thatcher is in power and the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) is on strike. At the Gay Pride March in London, a group of gay and lesbian activists decides to raise money to support the families of the striking miners. But the Union seems embarrassed to receive their support.

Bill Nighy and Imelda Staunton will star in this Proud Films production, which also features Paddy Considine, Dominic West, George MacKay and Ben Schnetzer. Matthew Warchus directs from a script by Stephen Beresford, which is based on true events. Additional finance comes from BBC Films, Pathé International and the BFI, with Pathé also handling worldwide rights and releasing in France and the UK.

The eight week shoot is scheduled to get underway on October 7 across London and Wales.

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Kirk Weddell and Chris Taylor will direct UK thriller Alone, which follows a US astronaut (Lewis, pictured) who has to save the planet when he is the sole occupant of an orbiting space station.

The film is sold by Genesis Film Sales and produced by Weddell and Taylor through their Atlantic Picture Company, with Gareth Jones executive producing. Weddell also wrote the script.

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