Scottish rave drama to close Glasgow Film Festival 2019

Jonathan Melville 8 January, 2019 0

Jonah Hill’s directorial debut, Mid90s, will open the 15th Glasgow Film Festival on 20th February, while Scottish rave culture drama Beats has been announced as the closing film.

Hill’s film follows a 13-year-old boy who begins to hang out with an older group of skateboarders while living in 1990s Los Angeles. The soundtrack features an original score by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross alongside original 90s hip-hop.

Closing the 12-day festival on Sunday 3rd March is the big screen adaptation of Scottish playwright Kieran Hurley’s hit stage show, Beats. Set in 1994, just as the Criminal Justice Bill attempted to place restrictions on Scotland’s rave culture and the free party movement, Beats is a universal story of friendship, rebellion and the irresistible power of gathered youth.

Beats is directed by Brian Welsh (Black Mirror), executive produced by Steven Soderbergh, and stars young Royal Conservatoire of Scotland graduates Cristian Ortega and Lorn Macdonald in their feature film debuts. The film features an original soundtrack from Scottish club legend JD Twitch (Optimo), who will DJ at the official festival after-party for all ticket holders at Argyle Street Arches.

Tickets for Opening and Closing Galas go on sale 10am on Wednesday 9 January at glasgowfilm.org/festival and Glasgow Film Festival will run from 20 February to 3 March. The full programme will be announced on 23 January.