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Cinema is an art of sound and vision, but it’s the rare film that explores both with equal vitality. In a remarkably assured feature debut, Darius Marder finds a cinematic language that’s perfectly matched to this story of a man fighting to hold on to what defines him.

Oscar and BAFTA nominee Riz Ahmed is a noise metal drummer. Shirtless and full of coiled intensity, he hammers out ferocious sets with his girlfriend and bandmate (Olivia Cooke). But with each show, a persistent ringing in his ears worsens until sound drops out altogether. For a deaf musician and his partner who’ve built their precarious existence doing what they know and love, what happens now? If he can’t recover his hearing, who will he become?

As this drummer explores medical interventions to restore his hearing and begins to learn about both the experience and the culture of deafness, he confronts the gap between external sounds and that tinny inner noise he can’t shake: the sound of metal. Marder and his team do groundbreaking work to convey that subjective sonic experience, while Ahmed is simply brilliant and fully immersed in his character. As the story takes one surprising turn and then another, it builds to a journey that looks — and sounds — like life.

Please note: all screenings of Sound Of Metal include hard of hearing captions as standard

MAC’s reopening cinema programme has been generously supported by BFI FAN Covid-19 Resilience fund from the National Lottery, through the BFI Film Audience Fund.

Duration stated includes trailers and adverts (check individual listings for Q&A details). Please note that we do not admit latecomers after the main feature has started and we have a limited food and drink policy. You can also see more information about Relaxed Screenings here.

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Dates & Times

  • Fri 11 June
    2:00pm
    Audio Described, Subtitled
  • Sat 12 June
    6:30pm
    Audio Described, Subtitled
  • Sun 13 June
    4:00pm
    Audio Described, Subtitled
  • Mon 14 June
    2:00pm
    Audio Described, Subtitled
  • Tue 15 June
    6:30pm
    Audio Described, Subtitled
  • Wed 16 June
    2:00pm
    Audio Described, Subtitled
  • Thu 17 June
    2:00pm
    Audio Described, Subtitled