Andrew Neyman is an ambitious young jazz drummer, single-minded in his pursuit to rise to the top of his elite east coast music conservatory. Plagued by the failed writing career of his father, Andrew hungers day and night to become one of the greats. Terence Fletcher, an instructor equally known for his teaching talents as for his terrifying methods, leads the top jazz ensemble in the school. Fletcher discovers Andrew and transfers the aspiring drummer into his band, forever changing the young man's life. Andrew's passion to achieve perfection quickly spirals into obsession, as his ruthless teacher continues to push him to the brink of both his ability - and his sanity.
At only 29, writer/director Damien Chazelle is already a huge talent, allowing both his leads to shine as the film builds to its powerful and beautifully conducted finale. Whether you're a fan of drumming-based cinema or not you need to see it. - Alex Zane, The Sun
With an introduction by John Bain and Roger Dickinson, co-convenors of the Lewes U3A Jazz Club. Part of Depot's third series of films screened in conjunction with Lewes U3A. Other films in this season: Chico and Rita (17 June), Lift to the Scaffold (10 June).