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Release date: 22 February 2015
Running time: 106 minutes
BAFTA Winner for Supporting Actor J.K. Simmons, Editing and Sound - An ambitious jazz drummer is pushed to greatness by a monstrous mentor in this dazzling drama. Nineteen-year-old drummer Andrew Neyman (Miles Teller) is determined not to settle for mediocrity. He wants to become one of the jazz greats, like his idol Buddy Rich. He wins a place at America's top music academy, where Terence Fletcher (J.K. Simmons) is in charge of the leading jazz ensemble. Andrew's talents soon catch this star's instructor's attention. But Fletcher is a hard, cruel, bullying taskmaster who drives his competitive students ruthlessly towards perfection. Writer/director Damien Chazelle's blistering musical drama was the winner of both the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award at this year's Sundance Film Festival. At this intense and electrifying film's core are two superlative performances. Great character actor J.K. Simmons, of 'Juno' and 'Spider-man' fame gets one of the best roles of his career, while Miles Teller seizes his breakthrough moment.
Original title: BAFTA TOUR 2015 Whiplash
Age restrictions: 15