What is the Oscar nominated short film The Silent Child all about?

29 . Jan . 2018
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The 90th Academy Awards nominations are out and there are some interesting names chosen. TheDigitalHash.com has already talked about Netflix getting as many as eight nominations, of which four are for Mudbound. The other interesting nomination that has caught our eye is the nomination for short film: The Silent Child.

The Silent Child is a British short film written by and starring Rachel Shenton and directed by Chris Overton. Rachel and Chris make their debuts with this film. Set in rural England, the short film is inspired by real life events.

The Silent Child film centres around a profoundly deaf four year old girl named Libby who is born into a middle class family and lives in a world of silence until a caring social worker (Joanne) teaches her the gift of communication.

The once withdrawn four year old, suddenly feels connected to the world and over a short period of time Joanne and Libby’s relationship blossoms. It observes one of the loneliest disabilities and the avoidable struggles that deaf children face.

The film was based on Rachel’s own experiences as the child of a parent who became deaf. It features profoundly deaf six-year-old first-time actor Maisie Sly as the titular child. At twelve years old Rachel’s father lost his hearing suddenly and lived the last two years of his life profoundly deaf. This inspired Rachel to learn sign language and her passion for change in the deaf community grew. As a keen advocate for deaf awareness, between acting roles Rachel campaigns for equal opportunities for deaf and hard of hearing people.

Prior to being noticed by the Academy Awards, The Silent Child won best short film at the Rhode Island International Film Festival in August 2017, which made it eligible for entry to the Oscars.

The film received the People’s Choice and York Youth Awards at Aesthetica Short Film Festival 2017, a major UK and international film festival.

Watch the trailer of the short film here: