Critically acclaimed feature documentary ‘In Pursuit of Silence’ out now.
Quiet Mark, the international award programme for excellence in low-noise technology and solutions to unwanted noise, today announced the UK DVD release of director Patrick Shen’s feature documentary In Pursuit of Silence.
The film, which is a meditative, cinematic exploration of our relationship with silence and the impact of noise on our daily lives, was critically-acclaimed during its recent national cinema release in the UK and US. Kate Muir of The Times wrote:
“Patrick Shen has made a fascinating documentary...which stops the viewer short in the horrendous cacophony of the modern world. As much an aural as a visual experience, it shows that the healing powers of silence are not about soundlessness (impossible with the beat of your own heart), but the right sort of sound, displayed in various forms.”
The film highlights global noise pollution is so severe that WHO has labelled it as the second-most pressing threat to public health after air pollution.
The documentary looks at how, in society’s race towards modernity, amid technological innovation and rapid urban growth, silence is passing into legend. As much a work of devotion as it is a documentary, In Pursuit of Silence is set to change the way we think about our aural environment and the value of silence.
Quiet Mark is featured as one of the solutions to noise pollution in the film, which was independently produced and financed by filmmakers Patrick Shen, Andrew Brumme, Cassidy Hall and Brandon Vedder. Associated with the UK Noise Abatement Society, it is recognised for its pioneering work encouraging companies worldwide to prioritise noise reduction in the design of everyday machines and appliances.
The Quiet Mark award programme launched in 2012 with a strategy to help transform the aural environment for the benefit of all. Following rigorous noise testing and approval from a team of principal acousticians, the distinctive purple ‘Quiet Mark’ symbol is awarded to the quietest products in a range of categories.
Quiet Mark celebrates its 5th anniversary this year in 2017 having awarded many leading global brands, including John Lewis, Miele, Bosch, Dyson, Interface, Logitech, Samsung and Siemens for their technical achievements in low noise high performance technology.
The Quiet Leaders
The independent filmmakers behind In Pursuit of Silence offer some hope to those overwhelmed by the noise pollution problem. It singles out the brands investing in acoustic engineering, which are paving the way for industries around the world to meet society’s need for quieter living environments.
Each company agreed to take part without contributing payment and gave exclusive interviews and insights into their R&D facilities, including:
BMWi’s ‘Sound Cathedral’ and pioneering electric cars; Virgin Atlantic’s ambitious noise-policy target to reduce its noise footprint by 50% by 2020; Dyson’s multi-million investment in sound-engineering of its products; and Miele’s decades of leadership on sound quality as a core value.
Poppy Szkiler, Founder and Managing Director of Quiet Mark and Executive Producer of the feature film, comments “In Pursuit of Silence has been a labour of love. It brings together Patrick’s profound talent, sensitivity and courage to expose, for the first time, one of the most serious health issues facing society today.
“Quiet Mark’s independent role was invaluable, our unique position works on behalf of consumers to identify the best noise reduction products available, whilst underlining Government policy to drive awareness and support the reduction of noise-related issues. If we do not take responsibility for the aural environment the next generations will undoubtedly suffer.
“As consumers, we have the choice to stop the runaway train of demanding technology, and the intrusive noise it creates which ruins restorative peace and quiet. With the incredible advances in design we have available today acoustics in technology can be made to support our wellbeing, industry can collectively solve the problem by making the development of quieter technology and solutions to unwanted noise a priority.”
Patrick Shen, Director, In Pursuit of Silence, comments, “Technology grows exponentially more advanced by the week and promises to make us more efficient, green, productive, connected. With every new gadget we introduce into our lives, so expands our daily soundscape.”
“In Pursuit of Silence explores the implications of this for a hunter-gatherer species that has been conditioned for over a million years to react instinctively to sudden, loud events. In the midst of all this we struggle to hear ourselves think, imagine and connect with ourselves. And what possibilities lie in silence, when we are given room to think, reflect and imagine? These are some of the questions that lay at the heart of my inquiry into silence.”To enter let us know which show features on our new TICKETS OF THE WEEK section.
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