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THE LINE OF BEST FIT: “Surprisingly moving, funny and unmistakably Teesside”

August 23rd, 2011  |  Published in Reviews

When people ask me where I’m from, I tend to say Middlesbrough, which is usually met with a little grimace thanks to Kirsty & Phil’s non-too flattering indictment of 2008 – and an assumption that I’m either full of drugs/babies or trapped in a cycle of deprivation. I am none of these things, but nor am I actually ‘Boro’ born & bred. My true roots are buried just down the road, in the unassuming town of Stockton-on-Tees, which on August 5-7 hosted Stockton Weekender, a festival of music and comedy for us faithful Smoggies.

Friday Over at The Georgian Theatre is the Stockton premiere of Sound it Out, the Jeanie Finlay-directed documentary about the last independent record store in Teesside that became the lead film for this year’s Record Store Day. Having gained global recognition, the film finally comes back to its birthplace to a packed out crowd in the theatre. Surprisingly moving, funny and unmistakably Teesside, it’s a truly wonderful film that proves to be one of the festival highlights – an ode to passion for music, a fitting message behind this festival.

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Glimmer Films in association with Sideshow present a film by Jeanie Finlay; SOUND IT OUT.

Over the last five years an independent record shop has closed in the UK every three days.

SOUND IT OUT is a documentary portrait of the very last surviving vinyl record shop in Teesside, North East England.

A cultural haven in one of the most deprived areas in the UK, SOUND IT OUT documents a place that is thriving against the odds and the local community that keeps it alive. Directed by Jeanie Finlay who grew up three miles from the shop.

A distinctive, funny and intimate film about men, the North and the irreplaceable role music plays in our lives.

High Fidelity with a Northern Accent.