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Time Out London: “Funny and empathetic…”

December 1st, 2011  |  Published in Reviews

“Sound It Out is the name of the last independent record shop in Teesside, and this dinky, bitter-sweet film offers a profile of its chipper staff and endearingly oddball clientèle. Instead of hectoring us with alarmist stats about the inexorable decline of this connoisseur industry, director Jeanie Finlay allows her camera to drink up the dusty corners of the shop while occasionally following a (male) customer home to peruse his space-defying collection. Her rambling, funny and empathetic film is about infatuation, but she’s also interested in examining the diversity of these die-hard vinyl aficionados: one Status Quo obsessive is hatching plans to be buried with his collection, one young metal fan spent three hours etching ‘Pisschrist’ on the back of a shirt, while one old fella wanders in from the pub to buy some Dire Straits and Meatloaf.”

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By David Jenkins.


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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.