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The Silent Child Film Nominated for an Oscar

We are overjoyed to share that the film ‘The Silent Child’ is amongst the Oscar 2018 nominees revealed today.

The Silent Child, directed by Chris Overton and written by Rachel Shenton, has been nominated for Best Live Action Short Film.

The film stars Maisie Sly, who’s deaf, playing the role of 4-year-old Libby who lives in a silent world and former Hollyoaks actress Rachel Shenton playing the role of social worker Joanna who teaches Libby the gift of communication ( One of the Deaffest Co-Founders Marilyn Willrich makes an appearance in the film too!

When Rachel Shenton took up the role of Deaffest Patron in December 2016 the Zebra Uno media team interviewed her about her life and the film The Silent Child. You can watch the interview below:

Exclusive Interview with Rachel Shenton from Zebra Uno on Vimeo.


We screened the interview exclusively at Deaffest last year.

Congratulations to The Silent Child’s team for being nominated. The 90th Academy Awards will air this March – all the best to the nominees and we’ll be keeping an eye on the news to find out how they do at the Oscars!

‘I Believe’ To Be Screened At Seattle Deaf Film Festival 2018

For those who attended Deaffest 2017 and had the opportunity to watch Deaffest’s first ever music video I Believe; we’re excited to let you know that this music video has been selected to be screened at the 4th Seattle Deaf Film Festival (SDFF).

The music video involved a collaboration between performing artists Chris Fonseca (UK) and Rosa Lee Timm (US). A group of young people from the NDCS joined the action, signing to Yolande Adams’ song, I Believe, and had an inspirational experience working with the two talented Deaf professionals. The video was filmed and directed by award-winning filmmaker Bim Ajadi and Music Video Producer Stacy Lawrence.

The SDFF, which is run by Deaf Spotlight, will take place in Seattle, US from 30th March to 1st April 2018. Visit their website to find out more!