A teenage tale of surfing, sex and hellfire set in Scotland’s Outer Hebrides.
Dir. Johnny Barrington / United Kingdom / 2023 / English
Dondo is a teenage surfer on the Isle of Lewis, who has yet to process his grief over his father’s disappearance at sea. Returning to school, spending time with his crush Sas, and encountering a very oddly-behaved new minister on the island, Dondo begins to have cosmic visions… From the lopsided dude charm of Louis McCartney’s Dondo, to Ella Lily Hyland’s turn as crisp-chomping cool girl, to Hannah Peel’s soaring score, Silent Roar is a film infused with mystic charisma. Johnny Barrington's debut feature renders the Hebridean landscape in tactile 35mm, as something strange and elemental: a place where transgressive explorations of mourning exist alongside witty forays into religion and teenage hormonal curiosity. Surf's up!
Kate Taylor, Programme Director
Johnny Barrington will be in attendance to present the film, alongside the film's stars, Ella Lily Hyland, Louis McCartney and Victoria Balnaves.
Please note, the screening of Silent Roar on Saturday 19 August at 12:00 was previously listed with Captions. Unfortunately, we are unable to host Captions on this screening. Our Box Office team will be in touch with ticket holders.
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Writer-director: Johnny Barrington
Johnny Barrington grew up on the Isle of Skye and worked as a ship’s photographer for two years in the Pacific and Caribbean, before studying Photography at The Glasgow School of Art. Two of his short films, Trout (2007) and Tumult (2012), premiered at Sundance Film Festival and were both BAFTA nominated. After directing his first feature film, Silent Roar (2022) in the Western Isles, he is now writing a new feature screenplay.
Producer: Chris Young
Cast: Louis McCartney, Ella Lily Hyland, Mark Lockyer, Chinenye Ezeudu
Sales Agent: MK2
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Photo: Louis McCartney (Dondo) and Ella Lily Hyland (Sas) in Silent Roar
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