Special screening for Davo Hardy’s A Silent Agreement announced

Davo Hardy and Paul Mercurio in A Silent Agreement.

Director Davo Hardy’s breakthrough Aussie drama A Silent Agreement is getting a prestigious screening at the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS) on October 26, 2018.

The event is a celebration of the strength of the human spirit, the Deaf community and the importance of communication in every aspect of our lives.

From relationships to career ambitions, what we are told influences our actions and, as the film portrays, it is important to always say what you mean and mean what you say.

The film’s tagline “Actions Speak Louder Than Words” rings true on many levels as this powerful independent film originated as a response to a lecturer Hardy encountered during his time at film school. He was told that his noticable stutter would prevent him from achieving a significant film directing career. As his third feature, A Silent Agreement clearly demonstrates the importance of overcoming adversity in the creative industries.

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The film itself depicts this journey in a fascinatingly meta fashion; showing how a timid writer hooks up with a profoundly deaf bloke to bring their story to the screen, only to have it snatched away by Gareth Donahue, a savage producer played by Paul Mercurio.

“A lot has been said about A Silent Agreement for how it brings a spotlight to Deaf culture and Auslan (Australian Sign Language) in a mainstream Aussie flick, but now it has made alternate means of communication synonymous with speech pathology, which is a major clinical unit here at JCU,” says James Cook University lecturer Roger Newman, who screened the film to the academics of JCU last month. ”

Hardy will be in attendance for the screening, which will be fully captioned for all audiences.

Entry is free but bookings are essential.

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