1994, a small town in central Scotland. Best mates Johnno and Spanner, despite being total opposites, have 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.
Beats is a 2019 film by Scottish director Brian Welsh. It was based upon a play of the same name by Kieran Hurley who adapted the screenplay together with Welsh.
The film is set in 1994 in Scotland, against the backdrop of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994, which effectively banned outdoor rave parties across the whole of the UK. Best friends Johnno (Cristian Ortega) and Spanner (Lorn Macdonald) are going to a rave for the first, and perhaps last time together.
Beats had its international debut at the 2019 International Film Festival Rotterdam where it was nominated for the ‘IFFR audience award’. On 17 May 2019 it was released in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland, and on 7 November 2019 in the Netherlands.