Eoghan is a sound recordist who is returning to Ireland for the first time in 15 years. His reason for returning is a job offer: to find and record places free from man-made sound. His quest takes him away from towns and villages into remote terrain.
Throughout his journey, he is drawn into a series of encounters and conversations which gradually divert his attention towards a more intangible silence, one that is bound up with the sounds of the life he had left behind.
Influenced by elements of folklore and archive, Silence unfolds with a quiet intensity, where poetic images reveal an absorbing meditation on themes relating to sound and silence, history, memory and exile.
Winner of the MICHAEL DWYER DISCOVERY AWARD 2012 at JDIFF, Silence will be released in cinemas by Element Pictures Distribution on July 27th 2012.
Speaking on the release, Director/Writer Pat Collins commented that “When a film is completed you feel a great sense of responsibility to the crew, the cast and to the work itself that this film should reach an audience. And it’s a great thrill to have the film released in cinemas, where the film will look and sound its best. When we were shooting this film, out in the Irish countryside we were always thinking of those big empty landscapes in terms of the big screen. I think the final film is how we originally envisaged it and that’s a good way to feel about a film.”