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Have you ever had a bad teacher? One that just really terrified you every time they walked into the room? Well, anyone who has experienced the nerve-wracking tension that a particularly demonic teacher brings with them will no doubt sympathise with Andrew, the protagonist of Whiplash, which starts its run at the Tyneside Cinema from Friday 16th January.

Andrew (Miles Teller) is a young jazz drummer with a promising career ahead of him. Unfortunately, he is mentally terrorised by his ruthless teacher Fletcher (J.K Simmons), who cherry picks him to be part of his elite east coast conservatory before transferring him to his band. Fletcher’s method of teaching (let’s just say it’s rather uncomfortable to watch) pushes Andrew to achieve perfection, something that the young drummer quickly becomes obsessed with, threatening both his career and sanity.

Whiplash is a deeply intense psychological study of what it’s like to be a young musician being professionally trained. It’s a look into conservatory culture as well as a terrifying journey into the minds of two men obsessed with the idea of perfection. It probably won’t be an easy watch, but if you can stomach the aggression in Fletcher’s methods then underneath is an Oscar-worthy performance from Simmons.

Whiplash screens at the Tyneside Cinema from Friday 16th January.

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