Voice for vulnerable

November 22, 2016

Shepparton filmmaker Joseph Russell.

Jo Russell's latest film was inspired by the plight of refugees.

Former Wanganui Park Secondary College student Joseph Russell’s next film is sure to instil a powerful message.

No stranger to film-making, Mr Russell created his first documentary No Way San Jose in 2007.

The series, about him and his sister Anna’s dream to open a bar in Costa Rica, aired on ABC TV in 2009.

Mr Russell and his film crew will now embark on the pre-production process of their latest neo-noir science fiction thriller film called Silent Man.

The film features an escaped mute asylum seeker who is on a mission to find his daughter after she escaped from an immigration detention centre.

Mr Russell came up with the idea of Silent Man after reading an article about a refugee in a detention camp who had sewn his mouth shut in a hunger strike.

‘‘That to me was a very strong, powerful image and I thought that would be an incredible superhero character for a film,’’ he said.

Mr Russell said his film firstly aimed to entertain, and then educate his audience.

The first draft of the script was released two months ago and filming will start next month in Melbourne.

Mr Russell said he aimed to inform his audience about the refugee crisis in a way that would make people want to listen.

For those who want to support the film’s crowdfunding campaign, visit www.igg.me/at/silentman

 - Grace Evans, Deakin University internship student

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