Beats dir. by Brian Welsh

  • We’re lucky this year to be hosting a special screening of the new UK rave culture drama film Beats.
  • Produced by Steven Soderbergh, directed by Brian Welsh (Black Mirror) and written by Welsh and Kieran Hurley, the coming of age film takes place in Scotland during the summer of 1994 and follows two friends who dive headfirst into the free party scene.
  • Making their film debut, the movie’s lead actors Cristian Ortega and Lorn Macdonald play best mates Johnno and Spanner – two enthusiastic ravers with a deep bond who are on the cusp of adulthood. Soon to be separated, Johnno and Spanner decide to spend their last summer together living it up at the rave following the UK’s attempted ban on the massive counter-cultural youth movement.


Optimo’s JD Twitch has curated a killer soundtrack featuring The Belleville Three, Carl Craig, Leftfield, The Prodigy, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, Plastikman, LFO, Hudson Mohawke and Orbital.The film first premiered at the Rotterdam Film Festival and has screened at the Dublin & Glasgow International Film Festivals ahead of its UK and Ireland release on May 17.

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