Sound of Metal starring Riz Ahmed

Sound of Metal is a drama film. The director and writer of the film is Darius Marder.



Riz Ahmed as Ruben Stone
Olivia Cooke as Lou Berger
Paul Raci as Joe
Lauren Ridloff as Diane
Mathieu Amalric as Richard Berger
Michael Tow as the Pharmacist


The story follows punk-metal drummer Ruben (Riz Ahmed) who suddenly loses his hearing. When he learns about his condition, he thinks his music career is over.

Writer-director Darius Marder discusses “Sound of Metal”

I was inspired first by the real band, by the way, they use sound and by sound’s relationship to emotion. That moved me to use sound design to create a point of view in a way that I don’t think has been done before. But it was important that it wasn’t done in an obvious way. Sound can get very geeky, and can easily be overdone. This film needed an approach that was deft and artful.

While I was writing, I was in communication with all sorts of different people. They helped me keep it real as I went forward with the script. I got a lot of positive reinforcement, and anytime I went astray, they let me know. The most important thing I learned was that not everyone considers deafness a disability.

Riz Ahmed describes the time filming with Olivia Cooke as a wild ride

We went through this quite intense experience together when we were in our little bubble living in the RV on those shoot days, driving around and both facing new elements of ourselves,” he says. “Olivia is unbelievably gifted and sensitive. She’s someone who will burst into tears on cue every take. She’s someone who would ask a question in the middle of a scene with such directness and honesty that I’d wonder whether we were still filming or that was her talking to me.

Release date

The film will be available on Prime Video on December 4, 2020.

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