The Silent One is a significant film in the context of New Zealand cinema for several reasons. It was the first New Zealand drama feature film directed by a woman and the first using a Dolby stereo soundtrack. Its incorporation of underwater film sequences played a vital part in portraying the world of the film's central character, Jonasi, a deaf-mute. Jonasi's vocal inability allows for other sound elements to play an important role in the narrative and emotional content. One such element is the music score provided by Jenny McLeod who discusses her work on the film in this interview.
Music for The Silent One - An Interview with Composer Jenny McLeod by Riette Ferreira was published in the first "Screen Sound Journal":http://www.screensoundjournal.org/latest-issue/.
Riette Ferreira / Screen Sound Journal
Screen Sound Journal
Introduction: New Zealand Cinema Context
The Silent One Film Overview
Approaching the Task
Inspiration and Collaboration
The Language in Film Music