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  • Director

    Brian Welsh

  • Starring

    Cristian Ortega, Lorn Macdonald, Amy Manson, Rachel Jackson, Laura Fraser

  • Run Time

    102 mins

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A euphoric, bittersweet coming-of-age story from Scottish director Brian Welsh (In Our Name), adapted from his own stage play by Kieran Hurley. Set in West Lothian in 1994, the story hinges on the Tory government’s crackdown on rave culture. Our heroes are two gawky techno-head teenagers - Johnno (Cristian Ortega) and Spanner (Lorn Macdonald).

Best friends at school, their paths now look set to diverge - with Johnny moving away and Spanner stuck with his bullying older brother, but when word travels of an upcoming underground protest rave, it seems like an ideal chance for one last hurrah...

Q&A - The 6.05pm screening on Saturday 18 May will be followed by a Q&A with director Brian Welsh.  

Contains a sustained sequence of flashing light which might affect customers who are susceptible to photosensitive epilepsy.

"Beats is at its most thrilling when, like its lead duo, it breaks free of its grim reality and embraces the hallucinatory." ★★★★★ - The Skinny

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