A Sense of Quietness

Four women face the unexpected consequences of talking about abortion.

Best Documentary: Bronze2019 Third Coast / Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition

2018 / Eleanor McDowall / Lights Out, UK

Four women face the unexpected consequences of talking about abortion.

A Sense of Quietness follows a line of connection through four women across two referendums to explore the unexpected consequences of talking about abortion. Starting on live television at a beauty pageant, we hear from a journalist, a radio producer, the founder of a women's clinic and an anonymous woman traveling from Ireland to the UK — and discover the quiet power and hidden dangers of speech itself. Featuring the voices of Brianna Parkins, Siobhan McHugh, and Anne Connolly.

A Sense of Quietness was produced by Eleanor McDowall for Lights Out, a Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4.

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Eleanor McDowall

Eleanor McDowall is a Director at Falling Tree productions, a documentary-maker and the Series Producer of Short Cuts - BBC Radio 4's space for adventurous short-form documentaries.


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