Silence is BFI’s film of the week – The portrait of a sound recordist documenting west Ireland’s unpeopled landscapes.
“In a much-repeated anecdote, the composer John Cage described a visit early in his career to the an…echoic chamber at Harvard. In this room, scientifically designed to be without sound, Cage heard two sounds, one high and one low. He asked the engineer in charge what was happening, and was told that the high sound was his nervous system, the low sound his blood as it circulated. Wherever you go, you can’t escape yourself. The central character in Pat Collins’s elusive, sparse, meditative movie Silence is played by (and named for) Eoghan Mac Giolla Bhríde, an Irish sound recordist returned from Berlin to capture the noise of nothing.” – Sight & Sound Magazine