Refugees need a superhero! Pre-production begins on Joseph Russell’s Silent Man

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Pre-production has began on Silent Man.

The neo-noir science fiction thriller follows the journey of an escaped asylum seeker turned vigilante on a mission to find his daughter after she disappears from an immigration detention centre. Shooting is scheduled to commence in mid December with a projected release date during May next year.

Written and directed by Joseph Russell (ABC’s No Way San Jose), the short film aims to draw attention to the plight of asylum seekers in an original and entertaining way. “Its easy for people to tune out when they hear story after story about refugees in the news. It’s not so easy to tune out watching a superhero movie” Joseph said.

The main character in Silent Man is a silent masked crusader labeled The Silent Man by the media and known for his signature calling card – a yellow emoticon with no mouth. Over the course of the film we discover more and more about his identity and learn that he is an escaped asylum seeker who sewed his mouth closed in a hunger strike. He is trying to find his missing daughter and uncover a conspiracy that he believes led to her disappearance.

Led by a talented cast including George Iskander (Childhood’s End, Homeland, Animal Kingdom), Clare Pickering (Blackjack Ghosts, Neighbours) and Mick Shanahan (Neighbours, Tin Man), Silent Man is an edge-of-your-seat neo-noir thriller in the vein of V for Vendetta, Nightcrawler or Collateral. It is Russell’s fourth film in the director’s chair after ABC series No Way San Jose, sci-fi short Queen of the Bees and political satire Jeff VS the Left.

You can support the crowdfunding campaign here and keep up to date with the film here.

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