A British mixed-race teenager girl who battles to assert her own identity in a bleak & threatening environment
1980 – Leicester.
Definitely a feature film in there, it looks beautifulShane Meadows
Beverley is a huge triumph in local filmmaking with a story that shows nothing in life is simply black or white.Midlands Movies
Beverley is a gripping, interesting story, with plenty of good humour, fine acting and tension that holds your complete attention throughout.Tiemo/ Talk of the Town
An authentic piece of uniquely English history……with attention paid to subtleties often missing from portrayals of the UK’s various sub-cultures. Catch this film any way you can.The British Blacklist
The film was a fantastic insight into Ska and 1980’s England.Kate Mapes/ Northbrook College, Sussex
‘Beverley’. Definitely one of our favourite short films this year.GRM Daily
The short deserves congratulations for – as Pennant observed – going against the status quo – instead of a young boy or a man, the lead is a young mixed race woman – and furthermore, for continuing the discussion on ‘multi-cultural’ identities in modern Britain.Hannah Campbell/The House of Black
The term “mixed-race” now also refers to many more identities than simply Jamaican-English, as it did in the 80s. The struggles of growing up with a mixed identity is therefore an important modern problem, making this short’s efforts to address this topic important. The film highlights the battle of choice which many mixed-heritage people experience, a battle which British cinema sometimes neglects.Rose Mason/ Nottingham Alternative Film Network
Beverley herself is sassily played with vigour and intelligence in a world of brief, violent encounters and racial tensions the film also depicts the much-loved two-tone sub-culture with affection.Paul Bruce/ Edinburgh Short Film Festival 2015
Despite the difficult subject matters, Beverley is a very enjoyable experience. It changes from funny to dramatic and doesn’t go too far either way, you are never too happy that you don’t take darker moments too serious and you are never too sad to enjoy the light hearted moments and the joyous music.Sean Narborough/www.imwithgeek.com
Early on in the film, one of Beverley’s neighbours talks about the unifying powers of music, that a song, played by a few, can bring together the many, through the shared experience of listening. What a fitting metaphor for this beguiling film.Benjamin Poole/The Movie Waffler
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.
Alexander Thomas is a writer/film director and co-founder of TAG Films
Cass is the founder of Urban Edge Films
Kristof Deak, Hungarian film editor and director based in London best known for his work on Mindenki (Sing)