When a strange sound wipes out the hearing population, a small group of Deaf people must band together to survive.
Dawn of The Deaf may sound like another addition to the typical zombie parody films, but we need to thank Robert Savage and his team for completely rewriting the genre in some of the most unexpected ways. We must warn you that the full cinematic experience is probably best when listening with headphones / or good speakers – which should be the case for any movie of course – but especially true for this one. The film reaches incredible sensory heights through its sound design, which was crafted particularly to fit the film’s theme and to place the unaware audience at the same level as the deaf.
Our aim was to create a genre film that would connect Deaf and hearing audiences in an engaging, thrilling way. As opposed to re-treading the same narratives usually seen when dealing with disability, we wanted to create a tense story in which the characters’ “disability” becomes their ultimate advantage over the hearing population.
More than just a Zombie film, the writers (Rob Savage, Jed Shepherd) did an immaculate job to steer us completely away from the genre with a set of small unrelated stories, and almost making us forget (half of) the title, three quarters into the film. All while the suspense is steadily growing up to the big turning point – which must say is preceded by one of the most enthralling and engaging scenes we’ve ever seen.