The Silent One
About the show:
The Silent One tells the story of Jonassi (Telo Malase), a deaf, mute Cook Island boy who mysteriously emerges from the sea as an infant.
Jonassi is a uniquely gifted young man who grows up in an
isolated Pacific village after being adopted by one of the
villagers. It is soon discovered that Jonassi is not like the other
villagers. He is special, and his differences lead to suspicion
from the villagers. After a series of natural disasters are blamed
on him, Jonassi is ostracised and swept towards his strange
Based on a mythological children's drama by Joy Cowley, The Silent One was the first New Zealand dramatic feature to be directed by a woman (Yvonne Mackay).
The Silent One starts Saturday 10 July at 11pm on TVNZ Heartland.
For further screenings, visit the TVNZ Heartland programme schedule here .