Archive of films The Silent Child / The Silent Child

United Kingdom
2017, 20 min

Section: People Next Door
Year: 2018

Libby, who is deaf, is growing up in a family where, for all the rush, there’s still no time left for the seemingly shy little girl. Everything changes when she meets a social worker named Joanne… This Academy Award-winning short film is an empathetic manifesto on the right of the deaf to have their own language. The screening will be followed by a discussion with the filmmaking delegation headed by screenwriter and actress Rachel Shenton, ambassador of Britain’s National Deaf Children’s Society.


Synopsis

Libby is locked in impenetrable silence despite growing up in a family where her two older siblings and parents, who just want their little girl to be like other “healthy people,” create more than enough noise. The world of the seemingly shy and listless Libby opens up significantly when she meets social worker Joanne, who starts teaching her sign language… This Academy Award-winning short film is an empathetic and touching manifesto on the right of the deaf to their own language. The screening will be followed by a discussion with the filmmaking delegation headed by screenwriter and actress Rachel Shenton, ambassador of Britain’s National Deaf Children’s Society.

Anna Purkrábková

About the director

Chris Overton (b. Staffordshire, United Kingdom). Filmography: The Silent Child (2017)

Contacts

Network Ireland Television
23 South Frederick Street, , Dublin
Ireland
Tel: +353 1 679 7309
Fax: +353 1 670 8493
www: www.network-irl-tv.com

About the film

Color, DCP

Section: People Next Door
   
Director: Chris Overton
Screenplay: Rachel Shenton
Dir. of Photography: Ali Farahani
Music: Alfredo Sirica
Editor: Emily Walder
Producer: Rebecca Harris, Daniel Ormerod
Production: Slick Films, Slick Showreels
Cast: Maisie Sly, Rachel Shenton, Rachel Fielding, Philip York
Sales: Network Ireland Television

Guests

Chris Overton

Film Director

Rachel Shenton

Actress


Rebecca Harris

Producer

Tom Turner

Assistant Director


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