BQFF 11 - 21 MARCH 2021

Keyboard Fantasies

The Beverly Glenn-Copeland Story

Australian Premiere


Director Posy Dixon
Country UK
Runtime 63min
Year 2020
Genre Documentary / Transgender, Queer

International Film Festival Rotterdam, BFI Flare, CPH:DOX, Grand Jury Award NewFest, Frameline, MIX Copenhagen

Emerging from years in isolation to an enraptured crowd, a time-travelling, transgender musical genius finally finds his place in the world.

“How could music that beautiful have been forgotten for so long?” — Caribou

“When I heard Keyboard Fantasies the impact was instant... It was truly healing to listen to. I’m thrilled to see Glenn tell his story.” — Robyn

“We have to go to the record store, find a new tag ‘medicinal’ and put Keyboard Fantasies under there.” — Devendra Banhart

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. The film 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 trans elder to connect with youth across the globe. A timely lullaby to soothe those souls struggling to make sense of the world.