A new film coming to UK theaters in May will examine the 1990’s rave scene in the UK. Titled Beats, the film will be produced Steven Soderbergh and directed by Brian Welsh, who helmed an episode of Black Mirror, in addition to other more recent projects.
Set in the summer of 1994 in Scotland, the story will follow teens, two friends specifically, who navigate the free party scene that took over the country that year and get caught up in the rush of the counter-culture youth movement. The movie’s lead actors Cristian Ortega and Lorn Macdonald play those two friends, Johnno and Spanner.
Beats was first premiered at the Rotterdam Film Festival and will be screened at the upcoming Dublin International Film Festival and Glasgow Film Festivals before a UK and Irish release on May 17 according to Mixmag.
See the clip below where they are finding one of those parties and a radio DJ is speaking against the establishment. As the DJ says, "The only good system is a soundsystem, and if I can’t dance to it, it’s not my revolution.”