Deaf Cinema

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Attending the première of Silence, the first feature-film by renowned documentarian Pat Collins, this Thursday at the reopened Lighthouse Cinema.

I've been mesmerised by the trailer alone, by the apparent exploration of two of my favourite themes, sound and silence (and everything in between). The synopsis of the film is:

Eoghan is a sound recordist who is returning to Ireland for the first time in 15 years. The reason for his return is a job offer: to record landscapes free from man-made sound. His quest takes him to remote terrain, away from towns and villages.

Throughout his journey, he is drawn into a series of encounters and conversations which gradually divert his attention towards a more intangible silence, bound up with the sounds of the life he had left behind.

Influenced by elements of folklore and archive, Silence unfolds with a quiet intensity, where poetic images reveal an absorbing meditation on themes relating to sound and silence, history, memory and exile.

The name Chris Watson appears in the crew list for the location recording in Berlin; hopefully I may be able to clarify if it's the Chris Watson.

Never thought I'd actually do a film review, but given the nature of the film and the interest it might generate, I'll post one by the end of the week.