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The Screen Guide

THE SILENCES is part memoir and part meditation on memory, history and photography. Acclaimed Australian director Margot Nash (Vacant Possession, Call Me Mum) has made this personal essay documentary about growing up with mental illness in the family, about a confusing and destructive mother/daughter relationship and about repressed grief and family secrets. Digging deep into the family records, both in Australia and New Zealand, Nash's intimate and deeply personal documentary unfolds a mother's story of lost opportunities, lost love and grief, a father's story of work, mental illness and war and a daughter's story of trying to piece together a more complex picture of a difficult and divisive mother in order to understand her.

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Crew

Director
Margot Nash
Writers
Margot Nash
Producer
Margot Nash

Cast

Cast
Pamela Rabe - John Stanton - Robin Laurie

Production Details

Production Completion Date
2015

Selected Awards & Festivals