Based on true events, HipBeat is a narrative film that contains moments of realism – protests in Berlin provided inspiration. The film tells the story of a political activist fighting against the system while searching for love in the Berlin queer community.
Inspired by the films of Jean Luc Goddard, John Cassevetees, Sidney Lumet, Martin Scorcese and Steve McQueen, HipBeat incorporates real elements of LGBTQ+ lived experience into its plot.
A release circulated this month said: “Extraordinarily, the crew were arrested whilst making the film at anti-facist protests, which is a testament to the threat of democracy in the modern world. Universally, there is a heightened feeling of political unrest and those involved in the film’s production wanted to encapsultate this feeling.”