J.K. Simmons and Miles Teller star in Whiplash.

J.K. Simmons and Miles Teller star in Whiplash.

Vernon Film Society closes fall season with drummer drama Whiplash

The Vernon Film Society is pleased to announce the last film of its 2014 fall season is Whiplash, Monday, Dec. 1 at the Towne Cinema.

The Vernon Film Society is pleased to announce the last film of its 2014 fall season is Whiplash.

Brilliantly realized by writer-director Damien Chazelle and driven by fierce, searing performances from Miles Teller (The Spectacular Now, Rabbit Hole) and J.K.  Simmons (Labor Day, A Beginner’s Guide to Endings), Whiplash is a potent drama about just how far someone will go to be the best.

Andrew (Teller) is a promising 19-year-old drummer at the Schaffer Music Academy, one of the best music schools in the U.S. Haunted by his father’s failed writing career and plagued with the fear that mediocrity might be genetic, Andrew practises until his hands literally bleed.

The pressure to succeed becomes all the more intense when he is picked to join the school band led by the infamous Terence Fletcher (Simmons), a ruthless disciplinarian music instructor who will stop at nothing to make his students realize their potential. Under Fletcher’s tyrannical direction, Andrew determines to attain perfection in his art at any cost – even his humanity.

An exhilarating study of the thin line between passion and obsession, Whiplash has all the tension of a psychological thriller as it explores the true cost of greatness.

Packed with great jazz standards, dazzling musical recitals, and performances of  nerve-wracking intensity, it will keep you on the edge of your seat all the way to the blistering climax.

“It’s rare to see a film about music that professes its love for the music and its characters equally,” reads a review from The Guardian.

Whiplash screens at the Vernon Towne Cinema Monday, Dec. 1 at 5:15 and 7:45 p.m. All tickets are $7 (cash only), available in advance at the Bean Scene Coffee House and at the theatre, or at the door. The VFS 2015 winter season will be announced soon. Check www.vernonfilmsociety.bc.ca for information.