In the 2020 drama Mogul Mowgli, co-writer and star Riz Ahmed played a British-Pakistani rapper struck down by a debilitating illness on the eve of his international breakthrough. In Sound of Metal, which premiered in Toronto in 2019, Ahmed plays an American drummer whose life is turned upside down by the onset of deafness.
The Association of Late-Deafened Adults (ALDA) congratulates the cast and crew of the Amazon Studios film Sound of Metal on their recent SIX Academy Award nominations. These include Best Picture, Best Actor in a Leading Role, Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Best Original Screenplay, Best Film Editing and Best Sound. ALDA thanks you for brinSound of Metalging more attention to hearing loss.
The movie resonated with many of our ALDA members. Although each person’s hearing loss journey is different, there are some common issues that we all struggle with. The director and actors did a great job in conveying those issues to the audience. There were a few inaccuracies in the movie but when the director, Darius Marder, was contacted, he was very sincere and open to comments and feedback from our organization. We hope that any future films involving a late-deafened adult include authenticity. This can be done by including a true late-deafened adult, consulting with ALDA, or by having a late-deafened adult on the set or as a consultant.