Soundproof, BBC2

by | Jul 12, 2006 | All, Reviews

Did we like it?

Edmund Coulthard’s film is worthy of a nomination when Bafta picks its best single dramas of the year.

What was good about it?

• The plot. Man gets pushed off a balcony during a party. His deaf flat-mate is the prime suspect. Deaf flat-mate and the police’s sign language interpreter fall in love. The real killer is unmasked in a dramatic in-the-dark scene at the end.

• The performances: Joseph Mawle excelled as deaf Dean, bringing out the frustration, isolation and fear he felt at the hands of the police; Susan Lynch is always superb and she shone again as interpreter Penny; Neil Stuke turned from fun-loving party lad to drunken women-beating oaf as we saw the build-up to his death in flashbacks; Joanna Dunbar as deaf Jak and Brendan Coyle as Inspector Cox also stood out.

• The plummet: Chris drifted in slo-mo through the air before crashing amid rubbish bags

• The deaf characters didn’t become issue-bound; they were just ordinary people caught up in extraordinary events.

• The subtle details: for example, the householder who lusted after a topless Dean when he was landscaping her garden turned against him when he became embroiled with the police.

What was bad about it?

• Whodunnit fans won’t have been too happy – it didn’t take genius to work out who killed Chris.

Luke Knowles

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