The watershed documentaries 'Woodstock' and 'Gimme Shelter' established the extremes of music festival movies, from the highs of peace, love, drugs and nudity, to the lows of overzealous security guards beating a man to death.
The fictional feature 'You Instead,' shot on location in four-and-a-half days at the real-life T in the Park festival in Scotland, definitely leans toward 'Woodstock' rather than 'Gimme Shelter.' The film, which had its North American Premiere at SXSW, deftly captures the pleasant vibe of a gigantic summertime festival where no humans or animals were harmed.
Adam (Luke Treadaway) and Morello (Natalia Tena) meet cute when they're handcuffed together shortly after they arrive separately at the festival. They're both musicians; he's part of a duo called The Make with his mate Tyko (Matthew Baynton), and she's a member of the female quartet The Dirty Pinks. The two groups get into a dispute in the parking area; Adam and Morello are in the midst of a screaming match when a passing security guard (Joseph Mydell) snaps on the cuffs and promptly disappears.