Sound of Metal

BBFC RatingSound of Metal

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Certificate15
Year2019
GenreDrama
DirectorDarius Marder
WritersDarius Marder, Abraham Marder, Derek Cianfrance
LanguageEnglish
CountryUSA
Running Time2HR
SeasonMain Programme
Closed CaptioningAll screenings will be presented with subtitles (open captioning) as intended by the director.

Riz Ahmed is superb in this remarkably assured feature debut from director and screenwriter Darius Marder about a heavy metal drummer who after losing his hearing, is forced to re-evaluate his place in the world.

Ex-addict Ruben (Ahmed) is on tour with his girlfriend and band-mate Lou (Olivia Cooke), hammering out ferocious sets night after night. His hearing is already fading, but when it takes a sudden and devastating turn for the worse, his life is thrown into turmoil.

Director Marder uses innovative Academy Award-winning sound design to create a powerful soundscape of scrapes and muffles that give you a real sense of Ruben’s sonic experience and interior world; including his utter panic as he is jolted into a new, quieter way of being. Injecting visceral, edgy circumstances with great sensitivity, and strengthened by tough-minded performances from Ahmed and Cooke, Sound of Metal is a poignant portrait of a man finding his way to a new revelation.

The 5.45pm screening on Monday 24 May will feature an exclusive 20 minute recorded Q&A with cast members Riz Ahmed, Olivia Cooke and Paul Raci, and writer/director Darius Marder. The Q&A will be captioned and feature a BSL interpreter on screen.

Sound of Metal programme notes written by inclusivity advocate Charlotte Little can be found here.

A BSL video version of the programme notes can be found here.

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