In the first Australian feature film to showcase Auslan (Australian sign language), writer/director Davo Hardy, plays a sensitive writer named Reuben, who grapples with a speech impediment ...
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The distinction between faith and religion is explored amid an assortment of frayed relationships when a devout Christian man contracts a life-altering illness, forms a drug dependency and becomes the key suspect in a murder investigation.
The final night that two feuding flatmates, one of whom is deaf, inhabit an apartment together. Continuing to aggravate the tension and passive aggressive behavior that has lead them to this point, they finally come to blows.
A man afflicted with cerebral palsy and profound deafness yearns for a meaningful relationship. His widowed father is torn between providing a high quality of life for his son and the reality of how unlikely it is that he will succeed.
Matthew R. Grego,
In 1953, two young Italian children are promised in marriage by their fathers. Twenty one years on - despite changing times, fading traditions and 70's liberation - the pair are expected to marry, or face the consequences.
In the first Australian feature film to showcase Auslan (Australian sign language), writer/director Davo Hardy, plays a sensitive writer named Reuben, who grapples with a speech impediment as his profoundly deaf boyfriend Derek (played by Joshua Sealy), provides strategies to restore his confidence. Upon finding the courage to submit an autobiographical screenplay to his favorite actor (played by Paul Mercurio), this new industry mentor betrays Reuben and claims the ideas as his own. Reuben must use his new-found assertion to proactively find catharsis and personal justice.Written by
This was a great example of the hearing and deaf world coming together. The relationship between Reuben and Derek was amazing and I loved how they fed off of each others energy. The reality of how the deaf community is looked upon as kitchy and something to be exploited was evident but the fact that the main character Reuben also had a disability (stutter), I felt that was not touched upon enough in the film. My only criticism is that the character of Gareth seemed forced, his personality did not come across as realistic to me. He seemed like he was portraying a person that he was not like in real life. He seemed too nice a guy to be acting like that. Otherwise, I recommend this film to all my deaf and hearing friends alike. Well done!
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