The Silence

Opening: View From Here / British Council HQ August 2014 Single channel HD colour video, 5.1 sound 16 minutes 4 seconds

Director: John Akomfrah

Producers: Lina Gopaul and David Lawson

During the 1940s the British Council commissioned over 100 cultural propaganda films that covered all aspects of UK life. Distributed all over the world, they were seen by millions and left an indelible impression of Britain as a green and pleasant land.

The Silence uses the Collection film Education Of The Deaf (1946) as its narrative spine, to explore the implication of lives lived in silence, through multiple strands of one central life.


British Council HQ