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The Silent One

Film (Trailer and Excerpts) – 1984

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Based on Joy Cowley's book, this award-winning children's drama follows the friendship between Jonasi, a deaf mute boy, and a rare white turtle. Jonasi lives in a Pacific Island village. When a drought occurs, the boy and the turtle are blamed and ostracised. Shot largely in Raratonga, this was the first New Zealand movie directed solely by a woman (Yvonne Mackay). Among those playing villagers are Utu star Zac Wallace, George Henare and Pākehā actor Pat Evison. Jenny McLeod's eclectic soundtrack won an NZ Music Award. In this excerpt, Jonasi is excluded from a boar hunt, and first meets the turtle.

The Silent One is about going to the limit and winning…about being special and about people wanting to take that away.
– Director Yvonne Mackay

Key Cast & Crew

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Pat Evison

As: Luisa

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Ian Paul

Cinematographer

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Rongo Tupatea Kahukuranui

As: Taruga (the Chief)

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Anzac Wallace

As: Tasiri

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Telo Malase

As: Jonasi

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Yvonne Mackay

Director

See all 43 credits

Acknowledgements

Made in association with the NZ Film Commission and South Pacific Merchant Finance


Presented with thanks to the New Zealand Film Heritage Trust – Te Puna Ataata

Music

Jenny McLeod’s soundtrack released by Jayrem Records

Soundtrack features the Wellington Regional Orchestra and the Bach Choir

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