A good documentary needs an interesting subject and engaging footage with a complementary cinematic style. And for me, exceptional nonfiction fare surprises, delights, and informs. Producer/director Jeanie Finlay's Sound It Out qualifies on all counts. She found Tom, a solid, focused, passionate individual who anchors her documentary about a still surviving vinyl record shop in Stockton-on-Tees, England.
As he did with Calendar Girls, director Nigel Cole strikes a charming, entertaining tone without undermining the serious, embedded issues in Made in Dagenham. While the film encourages laughter through humorous exchanges, the historically accurate actions spring from principled commitment to equal pay for equal work in 1968 England.