Beats - Official Trailer
An exploration of social class, the underground 90s dance scene and a platonic love story between two best pals, Beats captures the Scottish youth culture in a way that most films about life ‘Up north’ fail to.
Best mates Johnno and Spanner share 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. In pursuit of adventure and escape the boys head out on one last night together to an illegal rave before parting ways indefinitely. A universal story of friendship, rebellion, and the irresistible power of gathering youth, set to the soundtrack as eclectic and electrifying as the scene it gave birth to, Beats is a story for our time.
Produced by Steven Soderbergh, directed by Brian Welsh (Black Mirror) and written by Welsh and Kieran Hurley.
The soundtrack features Joey Beltram's Energy Flash, Song of Life by Leftfield, Hyperspeed by The Prodigy, Spastik by Plastikman, Big Fun by Inner City, Track 4 by LFO and Belfast by Orbital.
"The story of two teenage lads on the cusp of adulthood is expertly told by two Scottish lads who’d had those euphoric experiences together organically."
Beats is released in the UK and Ireland tomorrow, 17 May. Watch the trailer below: