Client 9: The Voice of the Unseen Solicitor

By Ezinne Michaelia Igwe.

Published by The International Journal of Arts Theory and History

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The members of the audience are seated, the house lights go off and the film begins. Nothing is seen but the images, scenery, graphics and lights; nothing is heard but the sound of music and the actors’ voices. The audience members are following the storyline and listening to the interactions going on. However, they are thinking beyond what the actors are saying and understanding beyond what the music and lights are exposing. What is aiding their perception? Who is telling them more than the spoken words? The voice of the unseen solicitor! In Client 9, a single story is told, but more is heard. Beside the voices that could be heard, there is another voice; that of the unseen solicitor, speaking through the various film techniques used, speaking louder than other voices, soliciting, and craving the indulgence of the audience. Using Client 9 as a basis, I shall examine the compelling power in the voice of a documentary.

Keywords: Documentary Film, Analysis, Voice of Documentary

The International Journal of Arts Theory and History, Volume 7, Issue 4, pp.1-5. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 218.487KB).

Ezinne Michaelia Igwe

Student, Department of American and Canadian Studies, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, West Midland, UK

Ezinne M. Igwe studied Theatre and Film Studies at the University of Nigeria, graduating in 2008, and worked briefly in a telecommunication company. In 2010, she resigned to pursue a career in the academic institute, starting as a graduate assistant at her alma mater, which called back the top graduates. She won a Chevening Scholarship in 2011 and went to the United Kingdom for her graduate study (MA in Film and Television: Research and Production) at the University of Birmingham. Her interests are in filmmaking, theatre arts, and teaching. Beyond this, she has a desire to be the best she can be for her students and the world at large.