The Sundance Film Festival is known for elevating unknown actors into overnight stars, thanks to committed performances in films that provoke. At this year’s festival, one of those actors was the young Brit Harris Dickinson, who we featured in our August issue thanks to his breakout turn in Eliza Hittman’s Beach Rats. In the stormy drama, Dickinson plays a teenager growing up around the boardwalks and beaches of Brooklyn, New York, who embarks on a tortured journey of self-discovery while trying to stay true to the person his friends and girlfriend see him as.
In this exclusive clip, you’ll see what all the fuss surrounding Dickinson is about. As Frankie, Dickinson, who was born and raised in East London, delivers a flawless Brooklyn accent, which is only the surface of his nuanced performance. In the clip, he and his girlfriend (played by Madeline Weinstein) have the kind of conversation any two teenagers might have on a summer night, but towards the end, Dickinson reveals in a simple glance a look inside his character’s psyche and the struggle that is taking place within it. The first time you see Dickinson in a micro-budget indie like Beach Rats may also be the last. Up next, the Brit will be starring in the YA fantasy Darkest Minds, opposite Amandla Stenberg, and the FX limited series Trust, as J. Paul Getty III. So soak it in. Beach Rats opens on August 25, and you can watch the exclusive clip above.