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Oscars: The Silent Child Wins Best Short

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 and we're delighted to share that they have won the Oscar for '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. Also staring in the film is former Hollyoaks actress and Patron of Deaffest Rachel Shenton who plays the role of social worker Joanna who teaches Libby the gift of communication ( One of the Zebra Access' Directors, 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 an important 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 writer/actress 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.


Zebra Access CIO provides services and support to Deaf, Deaf Blind and Hard of Hearing people with thanks to The National Lottery Community Fund. Services includes Employment Services, English/Maths tutorials, Advocacy, Community Development, BSL/Deaf Awareness, drop-in sessions dealing with a range of queries, complaints, form filling, and many more. Zebra Access staff and volunteers have the right to work in a safe and abuse free environment. The organisation will not tolerate any kind of abuse against its staff, volunteers or property.

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