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Oscar winning short film The Silent Child to be shown on BBC1

The Silent Child

Story by Jack Foley

OSCAR-winning British short film The Silent Child is to be shown on BBC1 on Good Friday, giving UK viewers the first chance to see it.

Written and directed by ex-Hollyoaks stars Rachel Shenton and Chris Overton, the 20-minute film tells the tale of a young deaf girl who struggles to communicate. Maisie Sly, a six-year-old girl from Swindon, plays the title role.

The film subsequently went onto win the Academy Award for Best Short Film and drew widespread attention when Shenton, 30, used sign language during her acceptance speech.

The filmmaker, from Stoke-On-Trent, was inspired to write the film because of her own family’s experience as, when she was 12, her father went deaf after receiving treatment for chemotherapy.

She subsequently learned sign language and became a qualified British Sign Language Interpreter and ambassador for the National Deaf Children’s Society.

She and her fiance, Overton, cast Maisie after conducting a nationwide search and auditioning 100 children. And in another ‘aah’ moment at this year’s Oscars, Maisie also travelled to Los Angeles with them to attend the ceremony and accept the award.

Shenton and Overton have since revealed that they now hope to turn the short into a feature length film.

The Silent Child will be shown on BBC1 on Good Friday, March 30, 2018, at 19:40 BST.