LOST AND SOUND – documentary about music, deafness and the brain

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Arts in Action proudly presents a screening of Lost and Sound, a moving and creative documentary about music, deafness and the miraculous human brain. The film which screens during Hearing Awareness Week, weaves its way through a startling world of sound and silence, via the ears and brains of three extraordinary people as they try to rediscover music: a dancer deaf since birth, a young pianist who lost her hearing as a baby, and a music critic facing sudden partial deafness.

brainAccompanied by music, animation and brain science, a pianist, a dancer and a critic try to re-discover music after deafness, with astonishing results. Music is one of the greatest of all human experiences; millions of us fall under its spell every day, and it engages more parts of the brain than any other human activity, but 1 in 7 of us will lose the capacity to hear it. Does the end of hearing have to mean the end of music?

Documentary filmmaker Lindsey Dryden, an avid music-lover who is partially deaf, investigates more than sound in this finely tuned film. Her question is not simply what is it like not to hear, but what is our relationship to the particular sound that is music.


DANlogoThe film will be followed by a post screening Q and A discussion hosted by Jessica Moody of the Deaf Arts Network with special guests Jo Dunbar (Artistic Director and co-founder of The Delta Project), Sophie Li (VIC Oral Program Coordinator for Hear For You) and Phoebe Tay (Teacher of the Deaf/Pianist/Writer).

Click here to find out more about the wonderful panelists! 

Film is subtitled. Auslan interpreters will be present for the Q&A.



Nick Coleman was a fanatical music fan, and one of Britain’s leading music and arts writers (his memoir, The Train In The Night, has just been published by Jonathan Cape). But one morning his right ear suddenly stopped working, and music was ruined. Can he adapt to life in mono, and will music’s powerful emotional impact ever return?

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12-year-old Holly Loach is the daughter of 2 professional musicians: a piano teacher and accompanist, and a musician and composer who tours, records and orchestrates for Damon Albarn (he plays keys in Blur, and is Musical Director for ‘Gorillaz Live’). When Holly was 14 months old, she suddenly lost all of her hearing due to meningitis. But now, almost ten years later, she’s winning prizes in piano competitions, and baffling her family and doctors. How has Holly found her way back into music? (Holly is granddaughter of filmmaker Ken Loach)


20-year-old Emily Thornton was born profoundly deaf, but now she’s in her final year of training as a professional dancer at Laban, one of Europe’s top dance schools. Why does she feel compelled to dance to music she can’t hear fully – and what do her remarkable abilities tell us about the deep human connection to music that affects us all?

Lost and Sound, combines intimate filming with original animation, a rich musical soundtrack (often manipulated to reveal what deafness actually sounds like), and new insights from the world’s top neuroscientists to tell the story of the great human love affair with music. Featuring: Dr David Eagleman, Philip Ball, Prof Nigel Osborne, Dr Katie Overy, Prof David Huron, Dr Robert Zatorre.


indiegogoHelp support this film on indiegogo by pre- purchasing a DVD 




director-ldryden-headshotLindsey Dryden

The UK-based filmmaker, Lindsey Dryden, is deaf in one ear herself, having lost her hearing in her right ear at the age of three. After being diagnosed with Ménière’s disease, she learned that her left ear was also at risk of damage from the disease. She began to think about the possibility of going deaf in both ears and what she would miss the most—music—and decided to create a film about how some people experience this intersection of music and hearing loss or deafness.

Lindsey has worked on documentaries for broadcasters like the BBC, Channel 4 and Current TV. She has also screened her films at True/False, East End Film Festival, the BFI and others. This is her first feature.

A Different Way of Listening Lindsey Dryden on Hearing Loss, Music, and Her Documentary Film.

ArtsHub – interview with Lindsey Dryden about the film and its Australian premiere at the Byron Bay festival.


Director/Producer: Lindsey Dryden
Producer: Kat Mansoor
Executive Producer: Tom Roberts
Director of Photography: Peter Emery
Editor: Adam Lavis
Original Music: Nikky French
Sound Design: Duncan Warrick
Sound Recording: Jeet Thakrar
Associate Producers: Will Hood, Adam Lavis
Edit Consultants: Ben Chanan, Tom Fulford
Story Consultant: Fernanda Rossi
Animation: Karrot Animation


lost and sound awards

Nominated: ‘Best Female-Directed Film’ Sheffield Doc/Fest 2013
Nominated: ‘Best Emerging UK Filmmaker’ Open City Docs Fest 2012
Nominated: ‘Best International Documentary’ Byron Bay Film Festival 2013
Winner: ‘Special Jury Award’ DORF Croatia 2013





When: Tuesday 27th August 2013
Time: 7.30pm (Doors open 6.30pm)
Venue: Bella Union Trades Hall
Address: Cnr Lygon St & Victoria Pde Carlton
Tickets: $7/$10 +BF Online $12/$15 Door

Buy tickets onlinehttp://www.bellaunion.com.au/ticketing/3743

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Contact: Angie Muccillo angie@artsinaction.com.au



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