On September 9, 2017, at the height of the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey in Sydney, Australia, the film immediately drew attention to its non-apologetic depiction of same-sex relationships, with no conspiracy to revolve around coming out, homophobia or the sex industry.  Effective, shows a piece of daily life for a couple who happens to be two men.   The film also put Paul Mercurio back in the spotlight. On April 11, 2017, hosts Larry Emdur and Kylie Gillies attempted to discuss Strictly Ballroom`s 25th anniversary in a live interview, but Paul redirected the conversation to A Silent Agreement.  A few months later, it was aired in Promised. Back in time to watch the leading roles of some of Hollywood`s heavy knights. Also, see what some of your favorite stars from the `90s look like now. As Derek and Reuben discuss their shared ambitions in the arts and political activism, Reuben reveals his turbulent past and the origins of his barriers to expression. Derek encourages Reuben to direct his work away from theatre in independent film and offer to support him if necessary. Soon after, Derek Ruben`s Dream Mentor Gareth Donahue (played by Paul Mercurio) seeks to help him put his story The Burden of Being Me to the screen. Reuben (Davo Hardy), a sensitive writer, faces a language barrier when his friend Derek (Joshua Sealy), a profoundly deaf human rights defender, provides strategies to restore his self-confidence and communication skills. When Reuben, with his autobiographical screenplay, approaches an overexcited film producer (Paul Mercurio), the producer betrays him and Reuben is forced to overcome the long-term effects of moral harassment.
The film has been submitted to many festivals for its use by Auslan, calling it a foreign language film. Many LGBT festivals and organizations related to the deaf and disabled have praised A Silent Agreement for its authentic portrayals of deaf characters, using deaf actors.   Shortly thereafter, Reuben received an emotional call from Courtney saying that Derek had died in an accident. At the funeral, Faye confronts Reuben and implores him to continue to honor Derek`s memory, but also to honor himself. Meanwhile, Lillian reads an article about Ruben`s play about Derek`s memory. Gareth`s only response is to make sure the play has no connection to the film on which he now holds the rights, otherwise they should file a complaint. Excited by Gareth`s lack of heart, Lillian hits him and agrees to cancel the contracts she had signed for Gareth. When Lillian concludes that her chance to have children has passed by her, she leaves Gareth and looks for Reuben at the theater where He and Derek met. She encourages him to rewrite his story in depth and modify key elements so that Gareth cannot claim copyright infringement. Similarly, Faye resumes her support for Reuben, for example at the time of her first Christmas since the death of her son.
Meanwhile, Gareth has reached a low point in his career. He is over 50 years old and complains about his lost youth and declining career. In search of a chance to return, Gareth agrees to meet Reuben and discuss his collaboration with The Burden of Being Me. Derek is also present at the meeting and quickly points to Gareth`s selfish narcissism. But Reuben neglects his observations, blindly by the support Gareth offers. Derek`s mother, Faye Shanahan, and his sister Courtney protect derek and worry about Ruben`s artistic ambitions. Faye, a painter, advised Derek to participate in Ruben`s filmmaking, for noble causes, to support deaf education and to defend human rights in helen Keller`s footsteps.