Special Screening Premiere


Brian Welsh | United Kingdom | 2019 | 96 min
O.V in English and Scottish subtitled in Spanish and English

The teenage euphoria, somewhere between an overwhelming energy and the "no future" of punk, is the fuel for this film.  As if it were a mix between Rumble Fish with the characters of Superbad and the nihilistic shamelessness of Trainspotting, Beats places us in the Scotland of 1994, in full explosion of the raves: almost a religion, the last great British youth movement. The fate of Johno and Spanner, friends since childhood, is about to separate. But before that, they will live a last adventure in the sphere of freedom and anarchy of those great spontaneous parties, communions in which social classes dissolve.

Direction: Brian Welsh
Script: Kieran Hurley, Brian Welsh
Cinematography: Ben Kracun
Editing: Robin Hill
Music: JD Twitch (Optimo)
Cast: Cristian Ortega, Lorn Macdonald, Laura Fraser
Production: Camilla Bray, Steven Soderbergh
Production Company: Altitude


Brian Welsh (1981, UK) began his film career as an editor in documentaries, before attending the National Film School's editing course. On graduating he was commissioned by Curzon Artificial Eye to make the microbudget feature film, In Our Name, which he wrote, directed and edited to widespread acclaim. Brian then directed several high-end TV dramas, winning multiple awards, including an Emmy for Black Mirror: An Entire History of You. Beats, his second feature film, premiered in Rotterdam.