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Beats (2019)Beats (2019)

Beats (2019)

A fun account of raving in defiance of Thatcher-era laws

Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.6

movie

UK, United Kingdom

English

Character-driven, Slice-of-Life

2019

Brian Welsh, Chris Robinson

Amy Manson, Anthony Anderson, Ashley Jackson

100 min

Synopsis

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.

Our Take

7.6
Staff

This drama is about two friends attempting to rave in 1994 Scotland, after a recent Thatcher-era law banned the act and all music “characterized by the emission of a succession of repetitive beats”.

Johnno and Spanner, one living in fear of his older brother and the other of his stepfather, want to turn things around by joining their first and probably last rave. They’re introduced to the world of illegal parties, a movement as influential as punk, that in the 1990s was born in reaction to the U.K.’s oppressive policies.

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