Outfest 2017: Harris Dickinson Breaks Out in ‘Beach Rats’

by Hiko Mitsuzuka @TheFirstEcho

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Here’s a name you’ll want to remember: Harris Dickinson.

Eliza Hittman’s Beach Rats, which premiered at Sundance earlier this year, recently screened at Outfest in Los Angeles, generating the kind of buzz that is expected on the film festival circuit. However, the true revelation is its star, Harris Dickinson (above, right). The London-born actor plays Frankie, a Brooklyn teen struggling with his sexual identity and trying to escape his depressing home life while navigating the Coney Island boardwalks and oceanside streets with his pack of bros by day and webcamming with older men by night during one sweltering New York summer.

Dickinson gives a magnetic performance, and as clichéd as it is to say, it’s one that justifies the words “a star is born.” With a chiseled physique and a face that will surely launch a million Instagram followers, the actor exemplifies what Hollywood is always thirsty for: striking good looks with the acting chops to back it up.


Meanwhile, Beach Rats, the second feature from director Eliza Hittman (It Felt Like Love), tackles themes of masculinity in subtle, haunting ways that are rarely explored in film. It hums with a raw energy and tension that will inevitably inspire comparisons to last year’s spectacular Moonlight. That said, it will be exciting to see the attention it should garner later this summer when it’s given a limited theatrical release.

As for Dickinson, his wattage is already growing brighter, especially with the recent announcement of him joining the cast of FX’s upcoming limited series Trust.

And if you need further proof that the British actor is on the verge of becoming a name that will be on everyone’s lips, just replay that Sex and the City episode from Season 6 during which Samantha Jones gives her rising star boyfriend, Smith, a little piece of insight: “First come the gays, then the girls, then…the industry.”

About The Author

Hiko Mitsuzuka
Entertainment Editor-at-Large

Hiko Mitsuzuka is a self-proclaimed pop culture connoisseur who resides in L.A. and obsesses over songs months before everyone else obsesses over them. He has worked in TV and commercial production ever since he left his native New York in the early 00s. He has worked at the world-renowned Anonymous Content and Carsey-Werner and freelanced as a treatment writer for award-winning directors as well as a contributing writer for 'Instinct.' In addition to writing about entertainment and travel for 'Bello,' Hiko can currently be seen in the roles of Manager of Creative Planning at Stun Creative (PromaxBDA's North America Agency of the Year, 2013, 2014, 2017), film critic for ScreenPicks.com, and contributor for The Huffington Post. He's also currently working on the novel 'Slasher Movie Girl.' His obsessions include quoting old sitcom dialogue and stalking people on Instagram. His vices include chocolate chip cookies and movie theater popcorn. Tweet him @TheFirstEcho.

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