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77 Ratings


Directed by Brian Welsh
United Kingdom, 2019


Summer 1994, Scotland. Johnno and Spanner are best mates, but 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 they head out on one last night to an illegal rave before parting ways indefinitely.

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Beats Directed by Brian Welsh

Awards & Festivals

British Independent Film Awards

2019 | 3 nominations including: Most Promising Newcomer

2019 | 2 wins including: Best Cinematography

Critics reviews

Although it takes place in Chicago, Robinson’s new Netflix movie, “Beats,” otherwise represents a return to familiar territory for the filmmaker, and too-familiar territory for the audience.
July 04, 2019
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The rave scene of mid-’90s suburban Scotland is ecstatically evoked in Beats, an infectiously enjoyable slice of knockabout nostalgia that wears its Trainspotting heritage proudly on its rough-edged tartan sleeve.
February 05, 2019
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Although I’m pretty resistant these days to straight-white-boys-coming-of-age films, Beats is so tender in its depiction of the friendship between two working-class teens living in a wretched town in Scotland in 1995 and finding freedom through the rave scene, and is so accomplished in its storytelling . . . that I wanted to find out how and why it was made.
January 30, 2019
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