制片人｜Tsu Shan Chambers
制片公司｜Wise Goat Productions
Cast｜Reece Noi, Yiana Pandelis, Todd McKenney, Christine Anu, Paula Duncan
Producer｜Tsu Shan Chambers
Genre｜Feature film – Drama, romance
Dialogue｜English and Auslan Sign Language
Production Company｜Wise Goat Productions
When gigging guitarist, Noah, finds himself disillusioned and transient, he quits the band of his 90’s pop icon mentor, and returns to his mother’s home in Sydney, Australia, seeking connection and rejuvenation. Clashing with his mother over old wounds, Noah seeks solace elsewhere, and soon finds himself swept up in the vibrant, passionate life and of a young, trans-man, Finn, who is a proud, Auslan-only speaker who works and runs a local centre and nightclub for his deaf community. Together, the pair traverse new ground, sharing their languages – Noah’s music and Finn’s signs – with one another. They move carefully, as this is Finn’s first relationship while he is on the precipice of diving into his trans journey. Finn struggles to spread his wings and come into his own, as he suffocates beneath his father’s over-protection and the financial strife facing his club. Determined to reapply to his music and join a community, Noah offers to help aid the club any way he can. But as the two become closer, and with no shared language to fall back on, they only risk hurting each other, as they learn to be true to themselves.
Ian Watson has been directing for over 30 years. As a theatre director his credits include productions for the Melbourne and Adelaide State Theatre Companies, the Griffin Theatre Company, the Hunter Valley Theatre Company, the Victorian College of the Arts and the National Institute of Dramatic Art.
In television Ian has directed over 200 hours of drama, with credits that include, the multi award winning and Emmy nominated, Love My Way, Carla Cametti P.D a six part miniseries for SBS, Wicked Love: The Maria KorpStory, the Emmy nominated Dance Academy, Janet King and Anzac Girls for the ABC and most recently House Husbands and Doctor Doctor for Channel 9.
He was the inaugural winner of the Australian Directors Guild (ADG) Award for best direction in a television miniseries for his work on the Australian/UK production Tripping Over. Ian was again nominated in the miniseries category in 2009 for Carla Cametti P.D. in 2013 for Underbelly: BADNESS and again in 2015 for Anzac Girls.
I came onto the project late after much had already been set in place. On reading the script I was attracted to its humanity and the crafting together of two distinct points of view. For me UNSOUND deals with issues of community and identity. Finn identifies first as a member of the deaf community and secondly as a transitioning man. Noah identifies as both a member of the music and gay community. Both are in the process of self-realisation. They are young and it is what they do. Finn to be the man he has to be and Noah the musician in search of his voice. UNSOUND knits these two journeys together as a romance in a compassionate and unadorned way that makes the film ultimately about the transformative power of love.
I am neither, deaf or a transitioning man. I am the director and well aware of what I don’t know. To realise this film, we needed the talents and knowledge of those that do know. The trans and deaf consultants were across every aspect of the scripting, rehearsal, shooting process and during post production. At all stages we worked closely to craft the script and the performances. Changing dialogue, to discussions about wardrobe, mannerisms and how a man really walks!
The production brief was always about simplicity. We realized that the camera would always take a point of view with either of the central characters. If Finn or Noah enter a room the camera travels with him. This created a sense of immediacy and subjective storytelling. The experience of UNSOUND should be immersive both in its visuals and in its sound design.