Sound It Out is the very last surviving vinyl record shop in North East England. A cultural haven in one of the poorest areas in the UK, the film documents a place that is thriving against the odds and the local community that keeps it alive.


Filmmakers: Jeanie Finlay
Year: 2011
Runtime: 74 mins
Country: USA
Format: HD

'Wonderful' - Empire

'Lovely, intimate' - The Independent


SXSW 2011

Silver Docs 2011

Sheffield Doc/Fest 2011





Sound it Out is the latest film from director Jeanie Finlay and focuses on Sound It Out Records in Stockton-On-Tees in North-East England. Jeanie grew up three miles away from the shop and she cites it as having helped to shape her love of music and started her life-long obsession with vinyl. Sound It Out Records is run by the dryly philosophical Tom Butchart, whose wealth of knowledge helps his customers to find the song they’ve just heard in the pub or to track down that elusive rare vinyl they need to add to their collection. The film follows a number of the shop’s long standing customers and takes us into their worlds of music, from the Makina* boys and the devout Status Quo fan to the presenters of dance music radio show run from a garden shed in Billingham. Sound It Out Records stocks all types of music from Abba to Zappa, and everything in-between (even the occasional classical piece too), however Tom comments, “I tend to sell a lot of hard music, but it’s a hard area.” Tom provides the kind of personal touch that you won't find on the high street and the shop also plays host to live performances from regional artists and bands. 


Jeanie Finlay

Jeanie Finlay is a British artist and filmmaker who makes documentaries for the cinema, for broadcast and for gallery spaces. She is obsessed with music and this passion runs through all her work. Her latest film is SOUND IT OUT, a feature about the very last surviving record shop in Teesside; a distinctive, funny and intimate film about men, the North and the irreplaceable role music plays in our lives. Previous work includes GOTH CRUISE for IFC (75 mins), the most downloaded title ever on IFC), the critically acclaimed Teenland for BBC4 (60 min) and the awardwinning interactive documentary Home-Maker. In 2008 Jeanie set up Glimmer Films and is currently in co-production on two new feature documentaries, one with Met Film for BBC Scotland and BBC Storyville; THE GREAT HIP HOP HOAX and ORION: THE MAN WHO WOULD BE KING.  


Director/ Producer/ Camera: Jeanie Finlay

Executive Producer: Dunstan Bruce

Associate Producer: Andrew T Riggs

Illustration: Amy Blackwell

Editor: Barbara Zosel

Music Supervisor: Graham Langley

Sound Re-Recording Mixer: Pip Norton