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  • Drama
  • Comedy
  • 2019
  • Brian Welsh
  • 101 mins
  • 18

Summary

Scotland, 1994, and teenage friends Johnno and Spanner share a final night out together before the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act bans outdoor rave parties across the UK, and circumstances take them in different directions. Co-writer/director Brian Welsh's comedy drama, starring Cristian Ortega, Martin Donaghy and Brian Ferguson.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

Two working-class youths form a bond as they try to break free from their humdrum lives in this comedy drama set in Scotland in 1994. Against a backdrop of rave culture and the recently introduced Criminal Justice Act, the coming-of-age tale sees Johnno (Cristian Ortega) and Spanner (Lorn Macdonald) plot behind the backs of their families to escape to the countryside for an illegal all-night party, in the hope that an adrenaline rush of optimism and generally positive vibes will be the springboard towards a brighter future. The suburban new-town setting and spiky humour initially give the impression of an expletive-heavy Gregory's Girl with a frantic dance music soundtrack, but director Brian Welsh (In Our Name, TV's Black Mirror) also makes several salient points about the impact of hard-line political policies on generational pop culture. However, the serious subtext never distracts from an often heart-warming film about friendship and rebellious rites of passage, confidently played out by its two rascally but lovable leads.

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Credits

Cast

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JohnnoCristian Ortega
SpannerLorn Macdonald
AlisonLaura Fraser
CatAmy Manson
LauraGemma McElhinney
RobertBrian Ferguson
D-ManRoss Mann

Crew

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DirectorBrian Welsh

Details

Theatrical distributor
Altitude
Released on
2019-05-17
Guidance
Swearing
Available on
DVD
Formats
Colour
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