A stammering writer reaches out to an industry mentor, with the encouragement of his profoundly deaf partner, only to be betrayed by the mentor and forced to find his own resilience. This was the first feature film to showcase Auslan.

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Davo Hardy

Writer:

Davo Hardy
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Davo Hardy ... Reuben Heywood
Joshua Sealy ... Derek Shanahan
Paul Mercurio ... Gareth Donahue
Sage Godrei ... Lillian Donahue
Rhonda Rourke ... Faye Shanahan
Jennifer Maclaughlan ... Courtney Shanahan
Scott Murphy Scott Murphy ... Myles Bradford
Georgina Neville ... Emily Torren
Debbie Neilson ... Shelley Astor
Barry Backhouse Barry Backhouse ... Douglas Coelho
Matthew Kerr ... Blake Rhodes
Paul Armstrong Paul Armstrong ... Roy Heywood
Caroline McQuade ... Julia Heywood
Matthew Archibald ... Peter Raymond
Luke Watts Luke Watts ... Sebastian Mowbray
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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 IMDb

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Drama | Romance

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Second collaboration between Davo Hardy and Paul Mercurio. See more »

Connections

Spoofs Gone with the Wind (1939) See more »

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Lover
Written by David Mumford and Mike Wilton
Performed by David Mumford
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Excellent Storytelling
23 April 2020 | by mmagioSee all my reviews

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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Australia

Release Date:

28 September 2017 (Australia) See more »

Filming Locations:

Marrickville, NSW, Australia See more »

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Budget:

AUD500,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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