Everything: The Real Thing Story + Director Q&A
We are delighted to welcome director Simon Sheridan to Towner for a Q&A following this screening.
The ‘other four lads from Liverpool’ tell their story from the tough streets of Toxteth to the bright lights of New York, and international stardom as Britain’s first million-selling soul and funk band.
Against a backdrop of racism and social and political turmoil, The Real Thing were the first all-black British band to hit #1 in the pop charts – with the perennial You To Me Are Everything – and as a result became the original black pin-ups for teenage fans in the UK.
Other hits like Can’t Get By Without You, You’ll Never Know What You’re Missing and Can You Feel the Force set dancefloors alight, but their proudest moment was composing their anthemic Children of the Ghetto – the first ever song to address the plight of black people in the UK, and is now a staple of Mary J Blige’s live stage act. The band’s massive success has also been tempered with personal tragedy.
For the very first time Eddy, Chris and Dave tell the incredible story of a 45-year career. After five decades, they remain the true pioneers of British soul.