Jameson Dublin International Film Festival
Discovery: Silver Tongues
Tuesday, 21st February, 8:20pm, Cineworld
There’s no wonder Simon Arthur’s odd, episodic wonder Silver Tongues has been picking up awards at festivals around the globe. As one of the most tangible and original indie pictures I’ve had the pleasure – and the intense unease – of viewing for a long time, I would desperately love to go into the fabulously dark depths of the plot. Unfortunately I can’t, as to do so would give away too many spoilers, so just give the trailer a watch below and take from it what you can.
Films that makes you giggle and disturb you to the very core of your being are a rare thing, yet Silver Tongues somehow manages to get away with doing both because of its untraditional, wry nature as a character study. I suppose it’s this disjointedness that keeps the film far enough away from reality so that the tougher elements are more palatable – and it also means the plot is completely unpredictable.
The Q&A after with the film’s writer/director and handsome Scotsman, Simon Arthur, proved just as fascinating. Simon had worked as a screenwriter in the UK for quite a while but shared with us how he felt he really didn’t understand people or society. Because of this he ended up working as a prison guard for a number of months and then as security in a brothel. The following year he slept on the streets of London, where he spent time living with the homeless. Simon told us how he had to exaggerate parts of his personality to fit into those worlds, but that everybody else in them was doing the same. That’s where his vision for the Silver Tongues’ main theme, shedding identity, began.
For twenty minutes he regaled us with his experiences; moving to the US, working with the actors, making his first film, his plans for the future and even how he wouldn’t be very good at shooting Transformers. And then we were all left to wander back into the rain, still shell shocked and remembering bits of subtle plot nuances as we went for last buses.
– On second thoughts… much like the film overall, this trailer is pretty deceptive. So if you have an elderly nan who loves psychological thrillers and plan on catching it when it’s released on Netflix…? Don’t. There are some very nasty violent and rapey bits throughout.
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