"One of the most surreal shorts we've ever seen."
- I.D, Vice Magazine
"It does everything a short film should do, with pitch-perfect dialogue, hilarious awkwardness and not a second of film wasted. And importantly it all tells a satisfying and genuinely heartfelt story."
- ATOD Magazine
The Silent Man is a 15 minute film written and directed by Charlotte Colbert. It is very loosely based on the legendary grieving process of early 20th century painter Oskar Kokoschka from his great love Alma Malher through the figure of a home made doll. Charlotte Colbert has reinterpreted the story in a
contemporary context making it about a woman grieving a lost love through the figure of a life size male doll.
The Silent Man was supported by Gazelli Art House and Quad Films and features Sophie Kennedy Clark (Philomena, Nymphomaniac), Simon Amstell(Nevermind the Buzzcocks, Black Pond), Cillian Murphy (Sunshine, Inception) and Ben Miller (Jonny English). In the process of developing the concept for the film Colbert shot a series of preparatory photographic studies to explore and play with some of the themes developed in the film. They are hand printed on hand-coated paper making each print unique.