The Manchester Film Festival have announced its 2015 awards, concluding it’s 3-day festival which showcased the best of independent filmmaking from the UK and abroad. Director Alexander Thomas took the Best Screenplay Award for his film BEVERLEY, produced by Cass Pennant for Urban Edge Films.

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Posted by Beverley – short film project on Monday, 1 June 2015

The film explores British identity through the perspective of a mixed race female (Laya Lewis) with 2-Tone music as the cultural backdrop to the film. That identity is a uniquely British incarnation of a ‘Rude Girl’, a term that originated from 1960s Jamaican street culture and is also strongly linked to fans of ska music. Vicky McClure (This is England, Line of Duty, Broadchurch) Winston Ellis (Pirates of the Caribbean, The Dark Knight) and Kieran Hardcastle (This is England, Wish 143) also star along with breakthrough child actress Sennia Nanua who is set to play lead in Hollywood production ‘She Who Brings Gifts’.

Alex said: “Winning Best Screenplay at the Manchester International Film Festival is a real honour. It’s been a fantastic festival and the quality of the films I’ve watched there this weekend has been exceptional. To win this award not just against the other shorts in the festival but against the features too is a real achievement and accolade for our film. I’m really grateful to everyone who’s help made that happen including funders, sponsors, supporters and of course the amazing cast and crew. Finally I’d like to encourage you all to keep following this journey because awards like this help to take us to the next step – making Beverley into a feature film.”

As judges at the festival we would like to say a HUGE congratulations to Beverley as this win was well and truly deserved.