British short film and Newcastle International Film Festival selected film The Silent Child won the Oscar for Best Live Action Short Film at last night’s 90th annual Academy Awards.
The film, directed by Chris Overton in his directorial debut, and written by former Hollyoaks actress Rachel Shenton, brings the importance of inclusivity in educational programmes to the foreground, highlighting the importance for schools and societies to offer support for deaf children.
Shenton, who stars in the film, signed her acceptance speech so that her co-star, six-year-old Maisie Sly, would be able to follow along with the celebration.
We would like to offer our most heartfelt congratulations to the entire cast, crew, and every single member who managed to make this film a reality. Representation matters so incredibly much, and disability truly is diversity. Congratulations again and enjoy every minute of this incredible win!
The Silent Child will screen at the Newcastle International Film Festival march 29th to April 1st.