Like many of you out there, we have been eagerly awaiting the results of the 90th Academy Awards, which took place last Sunday 4th March.

Amongst 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 Short Film’!

Film pic

The film stars Maisie Sly, who’s deaf, playing the role of 4-year-old Libby who lives in a silent world. Also staring in the film is former Hollyoaks actress Rachel Shenton who plays 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!

Rachel Shenton and Director of The Silent Child, Chris Overton, also Rachel’s fiancé, picked up their award and Rachel signed as she gave her acceptance speech, which you can watch below:

As Rachel said in her speech “Million of children all over the world live in silence and face communication barriers, and particularly access to education”, the Silent Child sends out a message for Deaf children worldwide.

Huge congratulations to The Silent Child crew for winning an Oscar, especially to the star of the film Maisie Sly, talented director Chris Overton and our Deaffest Patron Rachel Shenton. Well done to the other nominees and award winners during the Oscars 2018!

The Silent Child is currently available to watch on Google Play, for £1.49.

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