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A Silent Agreement

A Silent Agreement is a 2017 Australian romantic drama film written and directed by Davo Hardy. It was the first theatrically-released, cinematic film to feature Auslan as both a main language of the film's dialogue, we well as a key plot element in the story; the plot concerns Reuben, who overcomes a speech impediment with the use of Auslan, with help from his profoundly deaf boyfriend. Having built up Reuben's confidence enough to encourage his higher ambitions, Derek contacts an Australian screen legend, Gareth to help mentor Reuben in his burgeoning career, but shortly after seeing the potential in Reuben's autobiographical screenplay, Gareth takes over the project for his own gain and sanitizes the story to suit a wider audience, thereby cutting Reuben out of the equation. Forced to draw upon the courage and self-actualization that he has gathered through the experience, Reuben stands up to his bully and wins the support of those who had once opposed him, for the greater moral good. Davo Hardy has stated in interviews that the film was a response to his film mentors telling him he could not be a director because of his real-life stutter.

Reuben Heywood is an aspiring writer, who grapples with anxiety, manifesting as a stutter, while attempting to build a career as both a writer and actor. When a performance at an amateur theatre showcase goes awry, Reuben is bullied by the troupe leader and a sign language interpreter. Derek Shanahan, a profoundly deaf man from the audience comes to vindicate him and the two form a friendship which turns into a sexual relationship; as Derek and Reuben discuss their mutual ambitions within the arts and political activism, Reuben discloses his troubled past and the origins of his speech impediment. Derek encourages Reuben to steer his work away from theater and into independent film, offering to support him, where needed. Shortly after, Derek seeks out Reuben's dream mentor, Gareth Donahue to help him bring his story, titled The Burden of Being Me to the screen. Gareth, has reached a low point in his career, he is over 50. Hungry for a chance to make a comeback, Gareth agrees to meet with Reuben and discuss their collaboration on The Burden of Being Me.

Derek is present at the meeting and is quick to point out Gareth's self-obsessed narcissism. But Reuben blind-sighted by the support that Gareth offers. Derek's mother, Faye Shanahan, sister, are protective of Derek and treat Reuben's artistic ambitions with skepticism. Faye, a painter, discourages Derek's involvement with Reuben's filmmaking, in favor of noble causes to support deaf education and advocating human rights in the footsteps of Helen Keller. Reuben continues to pursue his film with Derek and Gareth. After receiving the script of The Burden of Being Me, Gareth begins to amend the characters and plot to suit him as both an actor and a producer, his wife, Lillian Donahue, a respected entertainment attorney, is captivated by the screenplay and recognizes Reuben as a talented writer. But Gareth uses his industry expertise and gas-lighting tactics to seize creative control from Reuben, while manipulating Lillian to help him, using her long-delayed desire to have children as leverage for emotional blackmail.

Obediently, Lillian writes up contracts that favor Gareth's interests and leave Reuben empty handed. Conflicted by guilt, Lillian stands idly by, as Gareth pressures Reuben to sign the contracts and grant him 100% of the rights; when Reuben realizes that he has been swindled, Faye offers to help finance Reuben's next project giving her blessing for he and Derek to collaborate in the future. This offer is retracted when Reuben accidentally makes a spectacle of himself at Courtney's engagement party and embarrasses the family. Derek sides with Faye, citing. Reuben is asked to leave the party, at once. Shortly after, Reuben receives an emotional call from Courtney, saying that Derek has passed away from an accident. At the funeral, Faye confronts Reuben, imploring him to continue honoring Derek's memory, but to honor himself. Meanwhile, Lillian reads an article about Reuben's stage play, dedicated to Derek's memory. Gareth's only response is to make sure the stage play has no affiliation with the film he now owns the rights to, or else they'd have to sue.

Incensed at Gareth's heartlessness, Lillian lashes out at him and vows to reverse the contracts that she had made for Gareth. Concluding that her chance to have children has passed her by, Lillian abandons Gareth and seeks Reuben out at the theater, where he and Derek met, she encourages him to rewrite his story from scratch and amend key elements, so that Gareth cannot claim copyright infringement. Faye reinstates her support of Reuben, around the time of her first Christmas since her son's death. One by one, Gareth's collaborators abandon his project and he is left without any supporters at around the time that Reuben develops his new film, The Purpose of Being Me. At the a screening of his film, Reuben thanks the audience for attending, including those who may have discouraged him, he thanks them for providing the strength he needed to continue in his pursuits if it was only to prove them wrong. As a final thought, Reuben comes to terms with his speech impediment and thanks those who supported his journey.

Davo Hardy as Reuben Heywood Joshua Sealy as Derek Shanahan Paul Mercurio as Gareth Donahue Sage Godrei as Lillian Donahue Jennifer Maclaughlan as Courtney S

Demographics of India

India is the second most populated country in the world with nearly a fifth of the world's population. According to the 2019 revision of the World Population Prospects population stood at 1,352,642,280. During 1975–2010, the population doubled to 1.2 billion. The Indian population reached the billion mark in 1998. India is projected to be the world's most populous country by 2024, surpassing the population of China, it is expected to become the first political entity in history to be home to more than 1.5 billion people by 2030, its population is set to reach 1.7 billion by 2050. Its population growth rate is 1.13%, ranking 112th in the world in 2017. India has more than 50% of its population below the age of 25 and more than 65% below the age of 35, it is expected that, in 2020, the average age of an Indian will be 29 years, compared to 37 for China and 48 for Japan. India has more than two thousand ethnic groups, every major religion is represented, as are four major families of languages as well as two language isolates.

1,000,000 people in India are Anglo-Indians and 700,000 Westerners from the United States are living in India. They represent over 0,1% of the total population of India. Further complexity is lent by the great variation that occurs across this population on social parameters such as income and education. Only the continent of Africa exceeds the linguistic and cultural diversity of the nation of India; the sex ratio is 944 females for 1000 males. This ratio has been showing an upwards trend for the last two decades after a continuous decline in the last century; the following table lists estimates for the population of India from prehistory up until 1820. It includes estimates and growth rates according to five different economic historians, along with interpolated estimates and overall aggregate averages derived from their estimates; the population grew from the South Asian Stone Age in 10,000 BC to the Maurya Empire in 200 BC at a increasing growth rate, before population growth slowed down in the classical era up to 500 AD, became stagnant during the early medieval era up to 1000 AD.

The population growth rate increased in the late medieval era from 1000 to 1500. India's population growth rate under the Mughal Empire was higher than during any previous period in Indian history. Under the Mughal Empire, India experienced an unprecedented economic and demographic upsurge, due to Mughal agrarian reforms that intensified agricultural production, proto-industrialization that established India as the most important centre of manufacturing in international trade, a high degree of urbanisation for its time. Under the reign of Akbar in 1600, the Mughal Empire's urban population was up to 17 million people, larger than the urban population in Europe. By 1700, Mughal India had an urban population of 23 million people, larger than British India's urban population of 22.3 million in 1871. Nizamuddin Ahmad reported that, under Akbar's reign, Mughal India had 120 large cities and 3,200 townships. A number of cities in India had a population between a quarter-million and half-million people, with larger cities including Agra with up to 800,000 people and Dhaka with over 1 million people.

Mughal India had a large number of villages, with 455,698 villages by the time of Aurangzeb. In the early 18th century, the average life expectancy in Mughal India was 35 years. In comparison, the average life expectancy for several European nations in the 18th century were 34 years in early modern England, up to 30 years in France, about 25 years in Prussia; the total fertility rate is the number of children born per woman. It is based on good data for the entire years. Sources: Our World In Data and Gapminder Foundation. Life expectancy from 1881 to 1950 The population of India under the British Raj according to censuses: Studies of India's population since 1881 have focused on such topics as total population and death rates, growth rates, geographic distribution, the rural and urban divide, cities of a million, the three cities with populations over eight million: Delhi, Greater Mumbai, Kolkata. Mortality rates fell in the period 1920–45 due to biological immunisation. Other factors included rising incomes, better living conditions, improved nutrition, a safer and cleaner environment, better official health policies and medical care.

India supports over 18 % of the world's population. At the 2001 census 72.2% of the population lived in about 638,000 villages and the remaining 27.8% lived in more than 5,100 towns and over 380 urban agglomerations. India's population exceeded that of the entire continent of Africa by 200 million people in 2010. However, because Africa's population growth is nearly double that of India, it is expected to surpass both China and India by 2025; the table below summarises India's demographics according to religion at the 2011 census in per cent. The data is "unadjusted" (without exc