Whiplash is bar none one of the most intense, often hard to watch and BEST films I have seen in a very long time. Written and directed by Damien Chazelle the film follows Andrew Neyman (Miles Teller) a promising young drummer who enrolls at a cutthroat music conservatory. His dreams of greatness are mentored by Terence Fletcher, (J.K. Simmons) an arrogant, perfectionist music conductor who will stop at nothing to realize a student's potential talent. The story is loosely based on Chazelle's own experiences as drum student and is brought to life quite brilliantly by Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons. The film has already won numerous awards ( Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award in the U.S. dramatic program at Sundance 2014) and it will be of no surprise when we see it being recognized come Oscar season. I spoke with Damien Chazelle about Whiplash and it's origins at the Toronto International Film Festival. Please click the link below the picture and enjoy.
Whiplash opens on October 24th in select cities in Canada and wider on October 31st.
Interview with Damien Chazelle: