KEYBOARD FANTASIES: THE BEVERLY GLENN-COPELAND STORY

By Posy DIXON

LUCA PRODUCTIONS LTD - as PROD

Documentary - Completed 2019

Emerging from years in isolation to an enraptured crowd, a transgender, septuagenarian musical genius finally finds his place in the world. Part biopic, part tour documentary, Keyboard Fantasies tells the mystical tale of cult musician Beverly Glenn-Copeland. 

Festivals
& Awards

Doc'n Roll 2019
Official Selection
CPH:DOX 2020
Sound & Vision
Hot Docs 2020
WINNER: Audience Award Mid-Length Documentary
Biografilm 2020
Art & Music
TIGLIFF 2020
Official Selection
Thessaloniki Documentary Festival 2020
Nominated: Mermaid Award
BFI Flare 2020
Minds
Melbourne Documentary Film Festival 2020
Official Selection
    • Year of production
    • 2019
    • Genres
    • Documentary, LGBT, First film
    • Countries
    • UNITED KINGDOM
    • Languages
    • ENGLISH
    • Duration
    • 63 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Posy DIXON
    • Producer(s)
    • Liv PROCTOR (LUCA Productions Ltd)
    • Synopsis
    • As a sci-fi obsessed woman living in near isolation, Beverly Glenn-Copeland wrote and self-released Keyboard Fantasies in Huntsville, Ontario back in 1986. Recorded in an Atari-powered home studio, the cassette featured seven tracks of a curious folk-electronica hybrid, a sound realised far before its time.
      Three decades on the musician – now Glenn Copeland – began to receive emails from people across the world, thanking him for the music they’d recently discovered. Courtesy of a rare-record collector in Japan, a reissue of Keyboard Fantasies and subsequent plays by Four Tet, Caribou and more, the music had finally found its audience two generations down the line.
      Keyboard Fantasies: The Beverly Glenn-Copeland Story sees the protagonist commit his life and music to screen for the first time - an intimate coming of age story spinning pain and the suffering of prejudice into rhythm, hope and joy.
      Half aural-visual history, half DIY tour-video, the film provides a vehicle for our newly appointed queer elder to connect with youth across the globe. A timely lullaby to soothe those souls struggling to make sense of the world.