Everything – The Real Thing Story
7, 14 & 21 February
Hear the story of these Black British soul sensations
In this vibrant documentary, the ‘other four lads from Liverpool’ The Real Thing tell their inspiring 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 number one 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.
Across genres of funk, soul, RnB and disco, The Real Thing have established an astonishing back catalogue, with hits like ‘Can’t Get By Without You’, ‘You’ll Never Know What You’re Missing’ and ‘Can You Feel the Force’ setting dance floors alight.
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. Their songs inspired a generation of young Black British people who felt unseen by the mainstream, and they bring joy and fan loyalty to this day.
The band’s massive success has also been tempered with personal tragedy, but for the very first time Eddy, Chris and Dave tell their incredible story of a 45-year-long career. After five decades, they remain the true pioneers of British soul.
Everything – The Real Thing Story is narrated by Game of Thrones actor Jacob Anderson and features Billy Ocean, David Essex OBE, Trevor Nelson MBE, Kim Wilde, Paul Barber, Denise Pearson and Louis Emerick.
Approximate run time: 95 minutes