THE NORMAN BEATON STORY
DIRECTOR / WRITER / PRODUCER
Norman Beaton (1934-1994) was one of the United Kingdom’s best-known and respected actors of the last 40 years. In this feature documentary film we will discover a uniquely talented artist with a turbulent private life, who vacillated from impressive highs to stunning lows, including alcoholism, bankruptcy, imprisonment and fractured relationships. His struggle is the story of the United Kingdom’s own civil rights movement. Celebrated as “the elder statesman of black actors in Britain” the Independent newspaper wrote in his obituary, he dedicated himself to improving opportunities for minority actors. His life was one of struggle and inspiration and helped pave the way for a new wave of black UK talent that is currently taking Hollywood by storm.