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‘EVERYTHING – THE REAL THING STORY’ IS RELEASED ON DVD AND BLU-RAY

We are so excited to announce that our critically-acclaimed documentary film, ‘Everything – The Real Thing Story’, is finally being released on DVD and Blu-ray on Monday 26th October 2020.

This is the full, uncut theatrical version of the movie, and it comes with a host of special features. On the disc is an audio commentary by our talented director Simon Sheridan, plus the new animated music video for ‘You To Me Are Everything’ and three brand new short films which Simon has produced especially for this release. They are: ‘Eddy Amoo – Child of the Ghetto’ (a tribute to our much-missed Eddy); ‘Real Love’ (a fan’s perspective on our career) and ‘A Night at the Café’ (us performing at the Jazz Cafe in London in 2017).

“The searing saga of Britain’s soul pioneers” THE GUARDIAN (5 Stars)

We’ve been utterly overwhelmed with the critical response to the movie so far, and hope people continue to find our story illuminating, entertaining and moving. Thanks to everybody who has supported the documentary. Remember, keep #FeelingTheForce!

The DVD and Blu-ray can be ordered now from Amazon.

‘EVERYTHING – THE REAL THING STORY’ COMES TO BBC TV IN AUGUST!

After a successful run in UK cinemas earlier this year, we are really excited to announce that our movie ‘Everything – The Real Thing Story’ will be getting its worldwide TV premiere on BBC Four at 9pm on Friday 7th August 2020. We have had such a wonderful response to the film so far, and the critics have loved it. If you missed it at the cinema, we can’t wait for you to see it for the first time on TV. Make sure you tune in!

“An enlightening film portrait of a pioneering British soul band. Simon Sheridan’s pitch-perfect documentary reveals a lot of blood, sweat and tears” (4 stars out of 4) MOJO

You can read more about the special BBC screening here.

 

On Tour With Our New Movie!

We’ve been very busy travelling all over the UK, promoting our new movie Everything – The Real Thing Story, alongside our talented director/producer Simon Sheridan. In each cinema, we’ve had such a great positive reaction from the audience. In Liverpool, our fans were on their feet cheering! We are so incredibly proud of the movie and the response we’ve received and want to thank everybody who has come along so far. The Q&As after each screening have been illuminating too, and the questions are always interesting: “Who inspired you musically when you were growing up?” “Did you meet Sid Vicious on Top of the Pops?” “Will there be a TV drama about your life story?”

 
Everything - The Real Thing Story - Movie by Award Winning Filmmaker Simon Sheridan

The reviews from the press have been lovely too. Read here some of these wonderful comments:

“Director Simon Sheridan celebrates Liverpool’s oft-neglected The Real Thing in a rich, enveloping docu-study with a keen socio-historical eye. Both a ‘story of the song’ and much more, Everything digs deep. Made with passion and insight” (4 stars out of 5) TOTAL FILM

“The story of the chart-topping 70s’ Merseyside band delivers a charmingly recounted piece of pop history. Simon Sheridan’s solid, efficient documentary pays tribute to the Liverpudlian pop-soul beat combo the Real Thing. As a package, it cross-references social history with musicology, making a tidy and touching tribute. An absorbing, considered feature-length documentary” THE GUARDIAN

“A powerful new documentary” NORTHERN ECHO

“Simon Sheridan does a diligent job of surveying of surveying what’s under the surface, and gives the problems of race and integration their due” SIGHT & SOUND

“Everything – The Real Thing Story provides welcome recognition that Liverpool has more musical landmarks than Penny Lane” METRO

Look out for the movie coming to a cinema near you. A full list of upcoming screenings can be found on our Movie page.

After 44 Years ‘You To Me Are Everything’ Finally Gets a Promo Video!

Our biggest ever hit ‘You To Me Are Everything’ topped the UK charts during the long hot summer of 1976. Back then very few British pop acts made promotional videos, the only real exception was Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’. Certainly, we never had the luxury of making a video all those years ago, but to promote our new album ‘Best of the Real Thing’ our incredible designer Christopher Stratton has made a brand new lyric video using archive footage and photos. We really hope you enjoy it!

 

Coming to a Big Screen Near You… The Real Thing Movie!

Coming to a Big Screen Near You… The Real Thing Movie!

Distributed by Screenbound International Pictures, ‘Everything – The Real Thing Story’ is coming to UK cinemas in January 2020! Directed, written and produced by award-winning filmmaker Simon Sheridan, the feature-length documentary charts the rise of Britain’s longest-established soul and funk band, and features interviews with members Eddy and Chris Amoo, Dave Smith and Gail Lake, the widow of Ray Lake. It is the incredible story of “the other four lads from Liverpool, who changed the face of British music”.
The movie opens at London’s beautiful Brixton Ritzy cinema on 15 January and moves to Liverpool, Halifax, Darlington, Glasgow, Nottingham, Hackney, Crouch End, Isle of Man, Leiston (Suffolk) and then returns to London in February. Tickets can be obtained on our Movie page.
Here it comes… The Best of The Real Thing on CD!

Here it comes… The Best of The Real Thing on CD!

At last – after so many requests over the years – The Real Thing finally release their new compilation album ‘The Best of The Real Thing’ via BMG Records on 10 January 2020! What makes this 31-song collection so unique is the inclusion of previously unreleased track ‘Someone Oughta Write A Song (About You Baby)’ written by Ken Gold and Mick Denne. Plus there are six other tracks which have never been released on digital format before, including the extended disco mix of 1979’s ‘Can You Feel The Force’. Other songs include the perennial favourites ‘You To Me Are Everything’, ‘Can’t Get By Without You’ and ‘Children of the Ghetto’. The double-album is available for pre-order from Amazon and all other good retailers.

 

Stream the new track, or pre-order the new album here: The Real Thing

The Real Thing’s Stunning New Animated Video!

The Real Thing are incredibly proud to unveil their beautiful new animated video for ‘Someone Oughta Write a Song (About You Baby)’. Because the song was originally recorded way back in the summer of 1976, and never released, the band never performed it on television, or made a promo video. So 43 years later BMG Records asked talented visual designer Christopher Stratton to create this superb new animated video, with the assistance of illustrator Lee Baston. It really captures the essence of The Real Thing. Hope you enjoy it!

 

Watch the animated music video on YouTube