The Silent Child, a short film written by Rachel and Chris Overton, tells the story a deaf child called Libby (Maisie Sly) who is born into a hearing family with limited knowledge about deafness. Once a social worker, Joanne (Rachel Shenton), comes along to teach the girl sign language, her family sees a remarkable change in her behavior and happiness.
The start of this film all began with a crowdfunding campaign, a nationwide search for their lead actress, and months of filming and now they are proud Oscar nominees.
This video shows the joy on their faces when they heard the news!
Famous voices in the deaf community, such as Marlee Matlin, were soon to join in with their congratulations.
Recognize the narrator in this video? it’s @RachelShenton from #SwitchedatBirth @SABTVSeries! Her short film @SilentChildFilm was nominated for an @TheAcademy Award! Congratulations, Rachel!!!! 🤟🏽🤟🏽🤟🏽 #signlanguage #BSL #DeafTalent @Lizzy_Weiss https://t.co/xLONCvuBvF
— Marlee Matlin (@MarleeMatlin) January 25, 2018
The film is listed in the final five of the category of ‘Live Action Short Film’ and they will be attending the star-studded ceremony in March.
Not only was The Silent Child nominated for an Oscar, two other movies with deaf people involved were nominated too.
THREE OSCAR NOMINATED FILMS THAT HAD DEAF PEOPLE INVOLVED:
1) BABY DRIVER: Deaf Actor
2) THE SHAPE OF WATER: Two Deaf ASL Masters
3) THE SILENT CHILD: Deaf actor (Deaf plot)
Slowly but surely making our way into Hollywood!
— Nyle DiMarco (@NyleDiMarco) January 24, 2018
Seeing films with deaf actors is a fantastic way of raising deaf awareness. Maybe Hollywood has finally seen the light of the #DeafTalent Movement, with less hearing actors being cast into deaf roles.
See which films win on Sunday, March 4.