Beverley follows a mixed race girl's struggle to carve out a sense of identity in a confusing, shifting cultural landscape - 1980 Leicester. A move from the decaying, poverty-stricken, urban environment to the relative comfort and theoretical safety of white suburbia does not provide the hope and opportunities Bev may have wished for. A familiar enemy is ever present - a threat that extends beyond her own safety, as she must also 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 and film director living and working in London. He co-founded TAG Films in 2006. His first film, a documentary short called ‘Portobello: Attack of the Clones’, won a number of awards and accolades.
Following on from this success, Alexander gained a scholarship to undertake a Master’s degree in Film Directing at the University of Westminster. He gained a distinction for these studies and his graduation film, Entropy, won awards including Best Script and Best Performances at the National Student Film Festival
He has since collaborated with Urban Edge Films in making the award winning feature length documentary, Casuals, which has also resulted in a fruitful and on-going collaboration with producer Cass Pennant.
Commissioned by director Anupam Barve, in 2012, Alexander co-wrote the feature adaptation of Amitav Ghosh’s awarding winning novel The Shadow Lines and the script was selected for development labs at the prestigious Venice Film Festival and the Goa International Film Festival.
Alexander’s next short film, The UnDream, premiered at the East End Film Festival 2013 where it won the Audience Award for Best Short Film before continuing screening around at international festivals around the world and picking up further awards and nominations. Chatroulette followed, a zero budget, 3 minute short which screened widely at festivals including London Short Film Festival and Emden International Film Festival.
More recently, Alexander wrote and directed his most ambitious short film project to date, the multi-award winning Beverley, set in 1980 and starring Laya Lewis (Skins) and Vicky McClure (This Is England). Beverley has won over 20 awards at international film festivals. He is currently developing the feature film called Rude Girl.