Beats is a coming-of-age story that works regardless of (post-rave) generation. Teenagers finding their way in the world. Best friends struggling to deal with change. The excitement of drugs, sexual awakening and being part of something bigger than oneself.
Beats, the new film from director Brian Welsh, tells the tale of two Scottish teenagers attending their first rave in 1994, just as the Conservative government are cracking down on the free party scene. It’s set on the brink of passing the Criminal Justice & Public Order Act — which infamously banned large gatherings around “sounds wholly or predominantly characterised by the emission of a succession of repetitive beats”.
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