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WHAT NOT TO DOC: “Finlay is able to find the extraordinary in a seemingly ordinary place.”

August 30th, 2011  |  Published in Reviews

What (not) to doc – Basil Tsiokos

Jeanie Finlay captures a different sort of caretaker in her portrait of Tom Butchart, the owner of a smalltown UK record shop. While larger chain stores have been decimated by digital music, Tom’s been able to keep Sound It Out Records afloat, largely due to his personal touch with customers and his encyclopedic knowledge of music in all genres, even those he claims to hate. While the economic pressures brought on by technological advancements are occasionally touched upon, Finlay smartly doesn’t dwell on the subject too much – her focus instead is on the day-to-day goings on in the store, Tom and his employees, and a handful of their customers – some pleasingly eccentric, others heartfelt in their acknowledgement of the store’s meaning in their lives.

Like them, Finlay is able to find the extraordinary in a seemingly ordinary place.

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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.