In the mid-1990s, the United Kingdom was overrun by raves: illegal parties with heavy beats and an endless supply of drugs. The Criminal Justice Bill introduced by the government in 1994 criminalised ‘gathering around repetitive beats’. This led to massive protests and even more raves.

Against that background, Beats showcases the unlikely friendship; between teens Spanner and Johnno in a Scottish town. The first is living with his criminal brother, the other is facing a move to a new town with his family and his potential new stepfather, who happens to be a cop. On their last night out, the two friends steal cash from Spanner's brother and journey into an underworld of anarchy, freedom and collision with the forces of law and order. This universal story of friendship, rebellion and the irresistible power of gathered youth, is set to a soundtrack as eclectic and electrifying as the scene it gave birth to.

Screenings

  • Thu 24 Jan Schouwburg Grote Zaal
    English subtitles
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  • Fri 25 Jan Cinerama 6
    English subtitles
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  • Tue 29 Jan Pathé 3
    English subtitles
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  • Thu 31 Jan Oude Luxor
    English subtitles
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  • Fri 1 Feb KINO 4
    English subtitles
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Filmmaker
Brian Welsh
Premiere
World premiere
Country
United Kingdom
Year
2019
Medium
DCP
Length
96’
Language
English
Producer
Camilla Bray
Production Company
Rosetta Productions
Sales
Wild Bunch
Writer
Kieran Hurley, Brian Welsh
Cinematography
Benjamin Kracun
Editor
Robin Hill
Production Design
Víctor Molero
Music
JD Twitch (Optimo)
Cast
Laura Fraser, Amy Manson, Gemma McElhinney, Kevin Mains, Rachel Jackson, Lorn Macdonald, Ross Mann