After its sold-out UK Premiere at Glasgow Film Festival earlier this year, BEATS, starring Cristian Ortega and Lorn Macdonald, will tour across the UK, with a number of special screenings with cast and filmmakers in attendance.
Directed by Brian Welsh (BLACK MIRROR), and written by Kieran Hurley, based on Hurley’s play by the same name, BEATS also stars Laura Fraser (BREAKING BAD), Ross Mann (REVERB), Gemma McElhinney (OUTLAW KING), Amy Mason (BORN TO RUN), and Rachel Jackson (THE PARTY’S JUST BEGINNING). BEATS is produced by Camilla Bray (Sixteen Films) and executive produced by Steven Soderbergh.
The BEATS soundtrack is curated by Scottish club legend, JD Twitch (Optimo) and features tracks from LFO, Plastikman, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, The Belleville Three, The Prodigy, Carl Craig, Hudson Mohawke, Leftfield, Liquid Liquid, an exclusive re-record by Orbital, and original score by The Golden Filter. The soundtrack is now available on Spotify.
- Thursday 9 May | Everyman Kings Cross, London
- Friday 10 May | The Grosvenor Cinema, Glasgow
- Saturday 11 May | Odeon Lothian Road, Edinburgh
- Monday 13 May | BFI Southbank, London
- Tuesday 14 May | Odeon, Brighton
- Wednesday 15 May | Tyneside, Newcastle
- Wednesday 15 May | Everyman, Glasgow
- Thursday 16 May | Rio Cinema, London
Opening weekend events
- Friday 17 May | Watershed, Bristol
- Saturday 18 May | Odeon Great Northern, Manchester
- Saturday 18 May | Belmont, Aberdeen
- Sunday 19 May | GFT, Glasgow (with panel on rave culture)
- Monday 20 May | The Plaza, Truro
- Tuesday 21 May | Lighthouse, Newquay
About the film
Set in 1994, just as the Criminal Justice Bill attempted to place restrictions on Scotland’s rave culture and the free party movement, BEATS is a story of friendship, rebellion and the irresistible power of gathered youth. A universal coming of age story, set to a soundtrack as eclectic and electrifying as the scene it gave birth to, BEATS is a story for our time.
Best mates Johnno (Cristian Ortega) and Spanner (Lorn Macdonald) share a deep bond. Now on the cusp of adulthood, life is destined to take them in different directions – Johnno’s family are moving him to a new town and a better life, leaving Spanner behind to face a precarious future. But this summer is going to be different for them, and for the country. The explosion of the free party scene and the largest counter-cultural youth movement in recent history is happening across the UK.
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