Simon Says/Dadda is a collaborative three-screen film exploring father/daughter relationships together with Black and Asian women and non-binary individuals from four host cities across the UK (Liverpool, Birmingham, Newcastle and London).
The ambitious largescale film project was developed during a Metal residency and highlights the deep impact that structural inequalities have within wider society.
Through a series of Gatherings hosted by Beverley at four UK socially engaged arts spaces (Metal, Liverpool, Grand Union, Birmingham, Lux, London and Newbridge, Newcastle), Beverley guided women and non-binary individuals through a therapeutic process, supported by a mental health practitioner, to explore their own family relationships and experiences of patriarchy. The workshops involved looking at film, listening to music, drawing, writing poetry and cooking together.
The three screens feature footage shot by Beverley supported by family, actors and a film crew, and a series of audio testimonies gifted by the project participants.
Trigger warnings: Family relationships, grief, family planning, abuse.