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Sound of Metal Rated 15

Sound of Metal

Dir. Darius Marder. USA, 2019. 2h. English/subs. Starring Riz Ahmed, Olivia Cooke, Paul Raci, Lauren Ridloff, Mathieu Amalric.

An American band's tour is put on hold when drummer Ruben suffers a sudden case of hearing loss. Overcome by anxiety, Ruben’s checks into a camp for deaf addicts where he must face a future filled with silence. Riz Ahmed delivers a standout, Oscar-nominated performance in this hard-hitting and honest drama. Darius Marder’s feature debut has been praised for its representation of d/Deaf actors and communities as well as its innovative sound design (winner of Best Sound awards at the Oscars and BAFTAs).

British Sign Language video promoting the film:

'A film that deserves to be seen by the widest possible audience, reminding us of cinema's unique ability to challenge, entertain, uplift and unite.’ ★★★★★ Mark Kermode, The Observer

‘It’s devastating and hopeful in the same breath, anchored by Ahmed’s remarkable turn and the technical ambition at its core.’ ★★★★★ Hannah Strong, Little White Lies