Beats, the new film from director Brian Welsh, tells the tale of two Scottish teenagers attending their first rave in 1994, just as the Conservative government are cracking down on the free party scene. It’s set on the brink of passing the Criminal Justice & Public Order Act — which infamously banned large gatherings around “sounds wholly or predominantly characterised by the emission of a succession of repetitive beats”.
And for dance music fans in particular, the film could be a reflection of moments in countless lives — those nights when you’ll do anything and everything to get to the party.
Coming out of the Cineworld IMAX on London’s Leicester Square after the first UK showing of T2: Trainspotting, the critical mutterings are about ‘a nostalgia-fest’. But nostalgia isn’t always a dirty word. Whenever a group of old friends get together, there is always some reminiscing. It’s as natural as night follows day. It’d be impossible to attend a school reunion without talking about the past.