Sound It Out is the official film of Record Store Day 2011, which falls on 16 April this year. It tells the story of Sound It Out Records – the last record shop in Stockton-In-Tees – and the community that frequent it in one of the UK’s most deprived areas. Shot on a tiny budget raised through donations made by over 200 people, the film’s director Jeanie Finlay grew up three miles from the shop and credits it with kick-starting her love of music, a passion she doesn’t feel she could get from MP3s.
It’s been a while since I’ve set foot in a record shop. I’ve never been an audiophile and vinyl doesn’t make me go all dewy eyed. Maybe it’s down to where I grew up but as much as I enjoyed browsing the racks, I never really felt like part of a community. Saying this, the anthropological nature of docs like this is fascinating and it’ll be interesting to see the UK equivalent of last year’s excellent Record Store Day film I Need That Record.
Sound It Out premières at SXSW on Thursday. Request a screening in your town.