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Filmmaker Bev Thompson talks, Struggles of mix-race in Uk & Legend Barry Biggs

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Beverley is a short film set in Leicester in 1980. It follows a mixed race girl’s struggles to carve out a sense of identity in a confusing, shifting, cultural landscape. Short Film "Beverley" written by Alexander Thomas, highlighting the identity problems young people of mixed nationality in urban areas face on a day-to-day basis in Britain before multi-culturalism. Set against the backdrop of Britains 2-Tone music era of 1980.We aim to enter the film into festivals and provide schools and youth workers with DVD's in order to provoke discussion and promote the search for creative outlets for young people.Whilst the film follows its protagonist’s journey, it simultaneously explores British cultural history and concepts of British identity.

Barry Biggs is a reggae singer, best known in the UK for his cover of the Blue Magic song, "Sideshow", which got to number 3 in the UK Singles Chart in 1977.Biggs worked as an recording engineer and cameraman with the Jamaican Broadcasting Company, and also spent time as a member of the band the Astronauts, before becoming the lead singer for Byron Lee's Dragonaires.
Biggs recorded his first Jamaican hit, a cover of The Osmonds' "One Bad Apple". He broke through to international success in 1976 with "Work All Day", which had been recorded seven years earlier.[1][3] Biggs had six hit singles on the UK Singles Chart between 1976 and 1981, the most successful of these, "Sideshow", reaching number 3 in January 1977. He recorded two songs with Bunny Lee; "Sincerely" and "You're Welcome" which did well in reggae charts. He topped the reggae chart in the UK with "Wide Awake in a Dream" and "A Promise is a Comfort to a Fool".

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