The Quiet Starts with a Bang! – 2 International Best of Fest Awards for WA Film
It will be premiering in Australia (and in the Southern Hemisphere of the world) in Port Douglas at the prestigious Port Shorts Film Festival, hosted by one of the doyens of the Australian film scene, Stephen Curry on the 26th of October, and has already been selected to play at 15 film festivals around the world in Buenos Aires, Glasgow, Oregon, Washington, New Jersey, London and Arizona among others.
This film was directed, animated, edited, co-written and scored by Radheya Jegatheva, a 3rd year student at Curtin University and produced, co-written and narrated by Jay Jay Jegathesan of UWA, the same father and son team behind the hugely successful, iRony, released in 2017, which was selected to 7 Academy Award qualifying festivals, and has just picked up its 170th award on the world circuit.
The Quiet won Best of Fest at the New Mexico (USA) Route 66 Film Festival at its world premiere on the 28th of September, and astonishingy was awarded Joint Best of Fest with iRony at the Gateway Film Festival, in Oregon on the 12th of October 2019. Roger Holden, festival director at New Mexico said that it was the first time they ran this festival and received 2300 entries. 270 of which were shortlisted for final judging of which 50 were selected to be screened. One of the judges commenting on why the film won, explained, “This is a beautiful piece of animation. I loved the twists at the end. It kept me riveted. The imagery was so compelling and engaging. Story telling at its finest.”
On video call to Oregon, Radheya described his filmmaking process to the audience, “Even though both films are different stylistically and story wise, right at their core they are the same as well, as I work alone most of the time. When I start on the film, I use an evolutionary creative process…. very loosely story boarded. The many ideas I have along the way snowball into the final product, which would be very different as to what they might have started out as.”
One of the reasons for the sucess of Radheya’s films on the world circuit is that he underlines the ethos of the independent film starting with the first of his films that made it big on the world stage, Journey, which in 2016 won a major award against Pearl, by 2015 Academy Award-winning Walt Disney director Patrick Osborne. He single handedly directs, edits, animates, writes the story and screenplay as well as the music, and plays the music himself on top of it, and that is something greatly admired in an indie filmmaker.
Producer and narrator, Jay Jay explained, ‘Once you get to a certain stage in your life, your own personal goals don’t become so important. What’s more important is how well your kids do. I am happier with their success than I could be with anything I do on my own. Not in my wildest dreams could I have imagined such incredible success for Radheya’s films. I mean he’s just tuned 20, and with the new film, getting to the Academy Awards, is a reasonable goal, which is mind-blowing. The fact that I have been able to play a major role in iRony and in the new film The Quiet as the sole narrator for both films, is special beyond measure.’
The barnstorming success of iRony took Radheya to a special behind the scenes look at Pixar animation studios in the USA, Adana (Turkey), Prague (Czech Republic), Osaka (Japan) and as an invited guest speaker to Singapore, among others. The Quiet is taking him to Port Douglas. Where will it take him next?