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Sound of Metal (15)
Ruben is an ex-addict and a drummer in a heavy metal punk duo with his girlfriend Lou. The couple live out of a beat-up RV, stopping at new cities and banging out frenzied, ferocious sets night after night. Ruben starts to suffer from ringing in his ears, which rapidly progresses to drastic hearing loss, as voices become muffled and far away. After a doctor reveals the loss is permanent, Ruben struggles to accept his new reality and let go of the things that have always defined him. In his remarkable directorial debut Darius Marder uses innovative and experimental sound design to create powerful soundscapes that intimately take us on Ruben's sonic journey and his interior disorientation as he adjusts to a life with less sound. Charging through the film is a raw and astonishing performance from Riz Ahmed, once again proving him as one of the finest and most versatile actors in contemporary film.
There will be an introduction by Laura Denning on Wednesday 9 June at 8.30pm.
Laura Denning is a transdisciplinary artist working across sound, film and socially engaged practice. In 2018 she secured the Local Participation Commission from Visual Arts Plymouth, plus funding from Arts Council England to deliver Hydrosapien - a performance involving a Silent Choir of 100 people using BSL, alongside a duo of experimental voice artists. As part of her research she has undertaken a review of D/deaf art and D/deaf artists, and will share some of the many wonderful examples she has discovered.
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