Meet the Real-Life Heroes Who Inspired the Movie Pride

In 1984, striking British miners found an unlikely ally: a London LGBT group. The new movie Pride – which has already sparked whispers of award-season buzz after its crowd-pleasing premieres in Cannes and Toronto – chronicles this bond.

PEOPLE sat down at the Toronto International Film Festival with three of the protesters who inspired the film and learned that the partnership didn’t end when the strike did.