Beat Girl – hitting a bum note

Beat GirlThe story of Heather (Louise Dylan) whose dream it is of getting into The Juilliard School in New York to study piano. Following her Mothers sudden death (a talented pianist) she is forced to move in with her estranged father Tom (Michael Higgs), and her 14-year-old step-brother Mike (Percelle Ascott). Along with his friend they produce dance tracks in his bedroom with equipment they got from a very unscrupulous character who is seeking his money, a totally unconvincing plot over a mixing desk. Later Mike steals some CD’s from a record store and is held by police and calls for Heather to get him out. Heather then goes to the record store where she asks Toby (Craig Daniel Adams) the store owner to drop the charges. Before she leaves Heather accepts an invitation to attend a rave with Toby, who also gives DJ lessons. Following her first night at a rave and yes! she is loved it Heather also learns that top DJ’s can make a thousand a night.

After Heather fails win a scholarship the story all falls together too easy and is painfully predictable. The father (Tom) appears to just hangs around the house making a wooden box, Heather’s love for classical music and her desire to get into Julliard is never convincing and her conversion from a sophisticated girl to a street wise top DJ even less. Although the story is set in the UK, the majority of the film was shot in Dublin using British cast. The house chosen felt more like a bedsit than a home and the scene for the fashion show appeared like a last-minute dress. The scene at the band stand in the Phoenix Park was so contrived with the people in the background looking like misfits who had no idea why they were there. Beat Girl felt like it could be story line from, Hollyoaks or Home and Away, and the music like the script was sadly bland.

The transmedia project was financed by section 481 and the Portuguese state bank FICA fund.

Beat Girl is currently screening at IMC Dun Laoghaire.

Beat Girl is a multi-platform release from beActive, who have already turned it into a novel, a web and television series. beActive is an award-winning TV, Film and Transmedia Production Company with a decade of experience in international TV and Film co-productions, with offices in London, Dublin, Lisbon and São Paulo.

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