Of Love & Law

BEATS are proud to support Hakawati on the Opening Night screening of the feature documentary Of Love and Law. Read our interview with the film’s director.



BEATS are hosting a competition to give 3 lucky winners a chance to attend a special screening on 1 March and experience the incredible story of Fumi and Kazu, partners in love and law, who are driven by their own experience of being outsiders. The film, directed by British East Asian filmmaker Hikaru Toda poses universal questions about what it takes to be an individual, what it means to be a minority and what role family plays in our increasingly polarised world.

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What: Opening Night + Q&A with director Hikaru Toda

Where: Rio Cinema | 1st March | 18:30

Competition: Use your imagination and send a Tweet to @BeatsOrg with an image, clip or gif on the theme of Proud to be Different and remember to use the hashtags #OfLoveAndLaw and #ProudToBeDifferent

Prizes: Our favourite 3 tweets will win the following:

1st prize: 2 free tickets to the screening plus a goodie bundle (including signed booklet, sticker, postcard, fold out booklet and poster of the film).

2nd Prize: 2 free tickets to the screening plus a poster of the film.

3rd prize: 2 free tickets to the screening.

Closing date of the competition is Tuesday 26th February and winners will be notified shortly afterwards.


Living with the Lams

On the 12 February 2019, B E A T S communicated with CBBC and Twenty Twenty, a television production company, regarding children’s sitcom Living with the Lams which is currently being developed.

A copy of our letter is shared here. We currently have collected over 370 signatories to our letter. We are no longer collecting signatories.

Our letter and the campaign that followed was first reported by Broadcast, quickly followed by BBC News, The Guardian, The Independent, The Times, Resonate, The Telegraph and more. The campaign has been reported internationally with coverage from China DailyAl Jazeera and South China Morning Post.

On the 14 February 2019, following our letter to CBBC and Twenty Twenty we have issued this statement and the Writers Guild released their statement supporting our concerns.

We eventually met with the BBC. What follows is a summary of important points from the meeting and our feedback following the statement from CBBC (which can be read at the end of our statement). BEATS will continue to make our work transparent and to hold to account the commitments made by CBBC.

Read our full statement here.

Citizens of Nowhere?

BEATS hosted a special performance of Citizens of Nowhere? – a funny and moving real-time live audio drama written by award winning writer, Ming Ho. This live performance lets the audience eavesdrop on a British Chinese family’s conversation about identity and relationships. Our B E A T S  event included a post-show meet with the cast and creative team included award winning writer Ming Ho.

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In November 2018 we launched the first of our INFLUENCER screenings. BEATS were delighted to work with Thunderbird Releasing to host a preview of  SHOPLIFTERS, this year’s Palme D’Or winning film by award-winning director Kore-eda Hirokazu.

Read our write up on why this film important to us.


Forgotten 遗忘

Our follow-up event to our community screening of Crazy Rich Asians was Forgotten 遗忘 on the 27 October the Arcola Theatre; a play written by Daniel York Loh, produced by Moongate Productions and co-produced by Yellow Earth.

Forgotten 遗忘 tells the untold story of the Chinese Labour Corps who worked behind the lines for the British and French armies during World War One, yet their sacrifices are not even a footnote in history.

The BEATS presentation of Forgotten 遗忘 was another sell-out event. Our special program included a history panel about the Chinese Labour Corps and VIP Mingle with key creatives from the production.

Forgotten 遗忘 is showing at the Arcola until 17 November 2018.