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SU 20 Festival Film | Beats

  • Trylon 2820 East 33rd Street Minneapolis, MN, 55406 United States (map)

Screening date: Sat. November 16, 2019
Time: 9:45 PM
Venue: Trylon Cinema
Cost: $12 in advance / $14 at the door
Category: Midwest Premier
Run Time/Year/Country: 101 min, 2019, UK
Director: Brian Welsh


In the mid-1990s, the United Kingdom was overrun by raves: illegal parties with heavy beats and an endless supply of drugs. The Criminal Justice Bill introduced by the government in 1994 criminalized ‘gathering around repetitive beats’. This led to massive protests and even more raves.

Against that background, "Beats" showcases the unlikely friendship; between teens Spanner and Johnno in a Scottish town. The first is living with his criminal brother, the other is facing a move to a new town with his family and his potential new stepfather, who happens to be a cop. On their last night out, the two friends steal cash from Spanner's brother and journey into an underworld of anarchy, freedom and collision with the forces of law and order. This universal story of friendship, rebellion and the irresistible power of gathered youth, is set to a soundtrack as eclectic and electrifying as the scene it gave birth to.