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Beats Rated 18


Dir. Brian Welsh. UK, 2019. 1h 41m. Starring Martin Donaghy, Brian Ferguson, Ryan Fletcher, Laura Fraser, Rachel Jackson, Neil Leiper.

Johnno and Spanner, two adolescents living on a Scottish estate, share a deep bond over their love of music. However, their friendship is threatened by Johnno’s imminent move to the suburbs. In pursuit of adventure, the boys head out on one last illegal rave before parting ways indefinitely. A euphoric coming-of-age drama filled with pills, thrills, and an affectionate nostalgia for the 90s warehouse rave scene.

‘Endearing characters against a backdrop of bittersweet ecstasy. Fun and touching…A vibrant American Graffiti for Britain’s ’90s rave scene.’ ★★★★ Josh Slater-Williams, Little White Lies

‘Coming on like Shane Meadows at 140BPM, Beats is a truly heartfelt rites-of-passage tale - an immersive, intoxicating portrayal of the rave scene at its peak.’ ★★★★ Dan Jolin, Empire Magazine