Lost and Sound


What if you became deaf, and lost the ability to hear music? Could you find it again... and could music find you?

Imagine waking up in the morning to find that the world sounds utterly different  --  and music is suddenly unrecognisable. All the songs you loved and all the songs you've yet to discover are suddenly out of reach.

1 in 6 of us will experience some kind of deafness in our lifetime. So what would happen to the music you love, if your hearing was lost?

LOST AND SOUND is an award-winning documentary that was made by a partially deaf filmmaker, after the future of her own hearing was called into doubt. It follows music critic Nick Coleman, dancer Emily Thornton and pianist Holly Loach over 2 years, as they journey deep into sound and silence.

Combining intimate filming with original animation, a rich musical soundtrack (often manipulated to reveal what deafness actually sounds like), and new insights from the world's top neuroscientists (including New York Times best-seller Dr David Eagleman), LOST AND SOUND tells the story of the great human love affair with music.

"A unique insight into the human condition ... likely to stay with you long after the credits have rolled."  ~ DocGeeks

"Director Dryden is hearing-impaired, note, but neither deaf nor blind to what it takes to construct a fascinating documentary." ~ Austin Chronicle

"Moments of humour, intimacy and pure emotional joy ... An incredibly touching insight." ~ C0up.com

"Never before have I seen a film that truly grasped the mysterious world that those with hearing loss live in." ~ Audiotoniq

LOST AND SOUND was made over several years, with support from the Wellcome Trust, beginning in 2009. So far, it's screened on 5 continents, won special jury prizes at festivals, and been nominated for prestigious awards including Best Female-Directed Film (Sheffield Doc/Fest 2012), Best Emerging UK Filmmaker (Open City Docs 2012) and Best International Documentary (Byron Bay Film Festival 2013).

In autumn 2013, hundreds of supporters helped fund its independent release.

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