Set in a mythical realm, this made-for-TV feature cloaks an anti-censorship allegory in austere fantasy.
The medievalesque kingdom of Shandrilan has been cold and quiet ever since its poltroon of a monarch, Frelo the Magnificent (John Neville), proclaimed the "Hush Law" banning music and regulating sound itself. Enforcing the order is power-hungry Captain Nizzle (David Hemblen), whose Noise Police
seize unlicensed musicians, balladeers, or anyone who accidentally makes a racket. Then a Shandrilan exile returns, a melodious "witch" named Zantalalia (Patty Lupone), who defiantly hums and carries an empty birdcage. Aurora (Meredith Henderson) is the daughter-appren...