Growing up isn't easy for young deaf-mute Jonasi (Telo Malese). Misunderstood and mistrusted by many in his isolated Pacific Island community, he finds companionship with a rare white turtle he encounters while fishing. But the turtle's presence will cause buried tensions to emerge within his small community as it struggles with a lengthy drought.
Adapted from a best-selling children's novel by Joy Cowley, The Silent One is an ambitious debut feature from director Yvonne Mackay. Hayden and L.J. dive in to discuss underwater photography, turtle wrangling, and how the film holds up today.