The Silent one

New Zealand, 1984

Film

A deaf mute boy, Jonasi, the Silent One, arrives as a baby floating in from the sea to an isolated, paradisical Pacific village. He is adopted and raised by a childless woman. As a pubescent boy he is separated from the villagers and the coming-of-age rituals by his silence and their prejudices. In his isolation he seeks solace in the sea, with which he has always had a special, gifted bond. He developes a special relationship with a huge white turtle. Times are bad: the superstitious villagers blame both Jonasi and the turtle who are seen as evil spirits. A struggle for leadership sweeps Jonasi to his strange destiny. Starring Telo Malese (Jonasi), Pat Evison, Anzac Wallace, Rongo Tupatea Kahu. Spectacular underwater photography by Ron and Valerie Taylor. Based on the novel by Joy Gowley.

Credits

director

Yvonne MacKay

producer

David Gibson

production company

Gibson Film Productions

Language

English

Duration

01:32:00:00

Colour

Colour

ACMI Identifier

36309

Audience classification

PG

Subject categories

Adaptations

Childrens Films

Childrens Films → Children 12+

Childrens Films → Children's films - New Zealand

Drama

Feature films

Feature films → Feature films - New Zealand

Literature → Literature

Literature → New Zealand literature - Film and video adaptations

Sound/audio

Sound

Holdings

VHS; Access Print (Section 1)

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