Beach Rats

Coney-Islander Frankie juggles his dangerous double life: showing off his heteronormative masculine prowess with friends by day, cruising for gay hook-ups at night.


Dir-Scr Eliza Hittman
Prod Brad Becker-Parton, Drew Houpt, Paul Mezey, Andrew Goldman
With Harris Dickinson, Madeline Weinstein, Kate Hodge
UK Distribution Peccadillo Pictures

Eliza Hittman returns with a gripping investigation of repressed sexual desire in a hyper-masculine environment. British newcomer Harris Dickinson crackles with energy as the enigmatic Frankie, a virulently macho Brooklyn teen. In a tale of two worlds destined to collide, he spends days with friends, hanging around the beach and showing off to girls. But night-time finds him hustling off alone for furtive gay hook-ups with men he meets online, or cruising for sex near the Coney Island boardwalk. This impressive sophomore drama from the director of It Felt Like Love (LFF2013) has added poignancy in Frankie’s formerly tender relationship with his mother, who looks after his father as he lies in bed, wasting away from a terminal illness. The liberated world of Manhattan might only be a train ride from his home, but for Frankie it’s light years away.

Tricia Tuttle

Festival guests

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  • Eliza Hittman, Director

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