Cannes Marché is The Real Thing for Screenbound

Cannes Marché is The Real Thing for Screenbound

UK-based Screenbound International Pictures announced Marché sales activity on Simon Sheridan’s doc Everything, about the 1970s UK soul combo The Real Thing. The company is also handing sales on Audrey Rumsby’s vaudeville-themed Barry and Joan, screening June 26. 


Screenbound MD Alan Byron confirmed June 25 that he has sold all Benelux rights on Simon Sheridan’s Everything to Pink Moon BV. A theatrical release in the Benelux is planned for early 2021. Byron also confirmed that the BBC decided this week also to take the director’s extended cut for broadcast from September 2020 in addition to the TV version they had licensed earlier. Earlier in 2020 Screenbound oversaw a UK theatrical release across 42 screens, with 12 cancelled due to the lockdown.


The film’s title is suggested by The Real Thing’s 1976 chart-topping hit ‘You To Me Are Everything’.


Back in the 1970s the press dubbed the band ‘The Black Beatles.’ Eddy, Chris, Dave and Ray, four working class boys from one of Liverpool’s toughest neighbourhoods, became Britain’s most celebrated originators of soul, funk and disco. With a string of huge hits, they dominated the international charts throughout the 70s & 80s with iconic songs like ‘You to Me Are Everything’, ‘Can’t Get By Without You’ & ‘Can You Feel the Force’. The film includes contributions fro a host of the band’s contemporaries, including David Essex, Kim Wilde, Jeff Wayne and Billy Ocean.


Also on the Screenbound doc slate is Audrey Rumsby’s Barry and Joan, which the company picked up at the Berlinale just prior to lockdown. All territories are available on what the director terms an “87-minute feel-good arthouse movie.”


Barry and Joan is about the two all-singing, all-dancing nonagenarians Barry and Joan Grantham who were mentors to Rumsby when she was herself a fledgling actor, dancer and choreographer.


As the director puts it, Barry was an incurable performer who loved to cross-dress. Joan was a dancing piano genius. She spotted his legs when they met in a musical. Seventy-five years later, they are still married, performing, and teaching.


Rumsby tells how she was the youngest student to be accepted on to the post-graduate programme at the prestigious London Academy of Dramatic Arts. After she graduated she was sent to meet “specialists in movement,” at which point she was introduced to Barry and Joan.


“I never thought that I could be transformed at such a young age (she was 18) by people who were 70 years my senior,” she says. “We became incredibly close. I loved their story, they were just about the most inspiring thing I had ever seen. That and their level of skill, they are just masters of what they do, which is eccentric dance movement, ballet. At their age that is a wonderful thing to see.”


On another note, Screenbound MD Byron commented on his company’s location in Leicestershire in the UK Midlands, far away from the much over-hyped London capital. “Leicestershire has always been the centre of the documentary universe!” he reminded cineastes and executives alike.