Beverley is a short film set in Leicester in 1980.
Short Film "Beverley" written and directed by Alexander Thomas, highlighting the identity problems young people of mixed nationality in urban areas faced on a day-to-day basis in Britain before multi-culturalism. Set against the backdrop of Britains 2-Tone music era of 1980.
The film begins in the urban city centre where Bev lives with her parents Caroline and Travis, younger sister Jess and autistic brother Carl. This is an economically depressed environment – consistent with The Specials’ ‘Ghost Town’ in many ways, although amongst the shuttered empty shops within the network of council housing and their frequent red lights, is a vibrant social multicultural community. Bev feels at home here drifting in and out of houses, listening in to the incessant noise of drinking, socializing and sound systems.
Soon Beverley is taken out of this urban sprawl, due to the sudden riches (attained by dubious means) won by her father. A move to the relative comfort and theoretical safety of white suburbia follows. Symbolic of Britain tip-toeing towards prosperity in the 1980s this new world is characterized by consumer items previously unavailable. It of course comes at a price – gone is the vibrant, diverse, social community, replaced by curtain twitching small mindedness and worse. A familiar enemy is ever present – a threat that extends beyond her own safety and from which she must protect her brother and sister. By asserting her will and using her guile, Bev tries to shape her new environment into something palatable, but the result is the opposite of what she is trying to achieve.