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.
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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