Directed by Jeannie Finlay
10th November 2011
This is an affectionate documentary tribute to the last independent
record shop in Teeside, featuring vinyl junkies, madcap music fans - one
oddball had seen Status Qus play live over 400 times - and a garden shed
Filmed and directed on a very low budget by Jeannie Finlay over a matter
of a couple of weeks, she vividly captures the life affirming role of
music to a varied bunch of people living in Stockton-on-Tees. One heavy
metal fan admits he could not deal with life without hearing music every
day - I know what he means.
The vast majority of record buyers at the Sound It Out shop, where most
of the filming takes place are male. One explanation given by Tom, the
owner of the place, is that men are compulsive collectors and in a sense
never progress beyond their youth.
I was pleasantly surprised how thoughtful and emotional the film was
in dealing with a dying breed of people. HMV has taken over big style,
sweeping away local record stores by the hundeds throughout the country.
Liverpool still has two- The legendary Probe Records and Hairy Records.
The only annoying aspect of the film was the elderly Dire Straits fan
who constantly popped up in the film. He kept retuning to the shop purely
because he knew filming was taking place. But this is only a quibble.
Finlay has asked BBC4 to screen her film, ideally on Record Store Day
in April 2012.