Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square

Beats

Year: 2019
Country: UNITED KINGDOM
Run Time: 101 minutes

Beats
Beats
Beats
Beats

The perfectly titled BEATS is a propulsive, surging, coming-of-age look at the lives of two frustrated teenage boys in 1990s Scotland. When conservative law passes the Criminal Justice and Public Order Bill, rave culture becomes outlawed and pushed deeper into the underground. Growing up in a dull working class suburb, best friends, Johnno and Spanner, decide to have one last hurrah and journey to a secret illegal rave as a final send off before Johnno’s family moves him away. Shot in vivid black and white, the film follows the boys’ youthful shenanigans as they meet up with a motley crew of older kids who help them reach the party and procure the necessary drugs. Featuring a transcendent, jaw-dropping, psychedelic rave centerpiece sequence, the film is an ode to a bygone era and offers a portrait of the UK, rich with nostalgia and detail. Ultimately a look at a deeply loving, platonic male friendship, the film is surprisingly moving and gentle. But when all cylinders are firing, this party film is an effusive, joyful, exuberant rush of blood to the head. (In Scottish English with subtitles) — R.J.T.

CIFF44 Screenings

Thursday, March 26, 2020 at 1:40 PM

Saturday, March 28, 2020 at 9:10 PM

Wednesday, April 15, 2020 at 11:00 AM -
Tuesday, April 28, 2020 at 10:00 PM

Accessibility (?)
Closed Captions: No
Audio Description: No
English Subtitles: No

Competition
Music Movies Competition

Director

Director
Brian Welsh

Producer
Camilla Bray

Screenwriting
Keiran Hurley, Brian Welsh

Cinematography
Ben Kracun

Editing
Robin Hill

Principal Cast
Cristian Ortega, Lorn MacDonald, Laura Fraser, Brian Ferguson, Ross Mann, Gemma McElhinney

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