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 (www.thesilentchildmovie.com). 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!

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  1. […] the nominees was The Silent Child film, which we were overjoyed to mention in our earlier news. We’re even more overjoyed to share their latest news: they won the Oscar for ‘Live Action […]

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