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Closing Gala: Beats (N/C 18+)

3 March

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  • A Autism friendly
  • C Captioned
  • D Dementia friendly
  • Venue GFT
Location of GFT


GFF19 Closing Gala

Beats will screen at 19.15 in Cinema 1, 2 and 3 on Sunday 3 March. Please select the far left time to book Cinema 1, the central time for Cinema 2 and the right hand side for Cinema 3. Cinema 1 is allocated seating. Cinemas 2 and 3 are unallocated seating. 

Director Brian Welsh and actors Cristian Ortega, Lorn MacDonald, Rachel Jackson and Laura Fraser will be joined by key cast and crew at this screening.

We began the festival in 1990s California. We end the festival in 1990s Scotland, with an invitation to rave to the grave on the “the biggest night of your life”. The much-anticipated screen version of Kieran Hurley’s award-winning play is a gallus, bittersweet coming-of-age rollercoaster. Imagine Fellini’s I Vitelloni set to a throbbing techno beat.

It is 1994 and new legislation effectively outlaws raves or “public gatherings around amplified music characterised by the emission of a succession of repetitive beats”. The party is well and truly over but not before mild-mannered teenager Johnno (Cristian Ortega) is encouraged to join his best mate Spanner (Lorn Macdonald) for one last big night out at an illegal rave.

Filmed in black and white, with Steven Soderbergh as executive producer, Beats finds real poignancy in the bond between these two innocents as they enter a wonderland of rebellion and romance. A heady solidarity is forged in the sweaty bodies, casual encounters and carefree exuberance of youth gathered in the pursuit of a good time.

A wildly entertaining end of an era party that brings a lump to the throat. 

Doors: 18.30
Film starts: 19.15
Tickets: £15 / £13 concessions

Price includes entry to the after-party (over 18s only) at Argyle Street Arches, on presentation of your ticket stub. Maximum 4 tickets per transaction.

  • Director Brian Welsh
  • Cast Cristian Ortega, Lorn Macdonald, Laura Fraser, Rachel Jackson
  • Certificate N/C 18+
  • Running time 1h42m
  • Country UK
  • Year of production 2018
  • Thanks to Altitude Films
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