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The Silent World of Barry Priori: Signing not waving

Barry Priori takes us on a journey into the world of the deaf.


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  • DIRECTOR Anne Tsoulis

  • PRODUCER Alison Wotherspoon



THE SILENT WORLD OF BARRY PRIORI, is an insightful, funny, and at times heartbreaking 30 minute film set to be broadcast in August 2022, Barry takes us on a journey that holds many surprises and revelations into the Deaf world from the 1950’s to the present day. Self-authored by Barry Priori, an engaging, charismatic character and highly amusing storyteller, this is an essay style film using a combination of interviews, observational footage and rare unseen archival material. Throughout the film we garner additional intimate insights into a community steeped in Deaf Pride, Culture and its own unique language. Barry's journey introduces us to babies learning to sign, the differences between Auslan and English, families with Deaf and hearing members, and an awareness of a vibrant community largely invisible to many in our society. You can follow the work-in-progress on our Facebook page

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55.89% funded
  • $40,000.00

  • $22,355.00

  • October 2022

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Issue Summary

A short summary of the issue the documentary is addressing

The Silent World of Barry Priori aims to demystify what it is to be deaf, present the world as deaf people see it as well as the inner language they use to think and dream. We come to understand the mechanisms they put in place to help them survive their circumstance, celebrate their culture and the far-extending communities they have created in their silent world.


What is the impact vision statement of the documentary?

We as filmmakers wish to correct this and make visible the world of the Deaf to the larger community in a documentary that is uplifting, empowering, heartfelt and humorous.


What outcomes does the project hope to achieve from making this documentary?

What we would really like people to understand from this documentary is that being deaf or hearing impaired, or having any special needs, is not a disability but a culture with its own unique set of social requirements. It is only a disability if those requirements are not met by the wider society. Barry’s formative years compared to his current life exemplifies this. We envisage a highly entertaining, informative and socially inclusive film that will be a rewarding and engaging experience for its audiences. We envisage the film will appeal to a wide general audience as well as the Deaf community and specialist groups.


How will this documentary achieve its outcomes?

The 30 minute film will appeal to broadcasters, streamers and the educational market. It also has potential as a festival film and event film.


How will partnerships with this project help inform the project development?

We had SAFC and Screen Australia development funding and they will continue to support us through production.

Audience Engagement and Social Impact

What actions does this project hope for its viewers after seeing this film?

Inspire people to discuss and question their perceptions about the Deaf community, have the film shared as a educational and advocacy resource, encourage people to learn Auslan, allow the general public to gain an insight and greater understanding of the Deaf community, change perceptions by educators and employers about what Deaf people are capable of aspiring to and achieving in their careers and lives, advocate for greater funding for Auslan interpreters to be employed in Health and Social Services, and for people to want to become more informed about the Deaf and Auslan culture and community.

Measurement and Evaluation

What is the projects indicators for success?

We will know we have achieved our impact vision through sales, distribution and use of the film in a wide range of settings.