5 Movies About Rave Culture – II

The world of rave has always felt different to people and has inspired many directors. In case you are interested in raving, here are some of the movies you should watch.


Groove is a 2000 American film directed by Greg Harrison. It portrays one night in the San Francisco underground rave scene. Through a single email, the word spreads that a huge rave is going to take place in an abandoned warehouse.John Digweed has a cameo as himself and also contributed to the soundtrack with Nick Muir, under their production alias Bedrock. Ever wondered what the underground rave scene in San Francisco might be like?


Irvine Welsh’s Ecstasy

 Beautifully shot in Edinburgh, its failings as a film are papered over by the way it perfectly captures two facets of club culture: the seediness of a kick-on when the sun comes up and you come down, and the magic of falling in love on the dancefloor – tempered by the struggle of making things work once the night wears off. Also features a star turn from Billy Boyd, aka Frodo’s mate Pippin.



Not a classic clubbing film. The three story threads revolve around a drug deal gone wrong (is there any other kind?), a trip to Vegas, and a Los Angeles warehouse rave where Sarah Polley and one of Tom Cruise’s ex-wives make a packet selling aspirin to naive kiddie ravers (“I think I feel something!” “It’s really smooth, isn’t it.”).



A group of teenagers are at the pinnacle of their lives. Happy and excited, independent young people somehow bond with each other one night. 6 young people come together in a fun and romantic night that exceeds even their dreams.
Sarah Hyland, Graham Phillips, Brett DelBuono take the lead roles in the production with plenty of music in the director’s chair with Christopher Louie.


Better Living Through Circuitry

A documentary about the Electronic Dance movement of the ’90s. It is the first such full-length film on the topic. It was produced by Cleopatra Pictures and Entertainment Group, presided by Cleopatra Records founder Brian Perera. The film features interviews with BT, The Crystal Method, Electric Skychurch, Genesis P-Orridge, Frankie Bones, DJ Spooky, Roni Size, and DJ Keoki.



As a bonus, I am adding the opening scene of the movie Blade. The movie is not about techno, but it opens with the iconic sound from  Public Domain Operation- Blade.  Wonderful !

You can check out our previous 5 suggestions here.