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Hollyoaks stars’ Oscar-winning short film The Silent Child to air on BBC1

Rachel Shenton and Chris Overton’s film about a deaf child is coming to TV

The Silent Child's Rachel Shenton, Maisie Sly, and Chris Overton at the Oscars
Published: Friday, 30th March 2018 at 12:30 pm

Oscar-winning film The Silent Child, written and directed by former Hollyoaks stars Rachel Shenton and Chris Overton, is set to air on BBC1.


The short film, in which Shenton also appears, is about a little girl who is profoundly deaf and lives her life in silence until a social worker teaches her how to use British Sign Language, which opens up her world.

It won the Oscar for Best Live Action Short Film, and is now due to air on 30th March (Good Friday) at 7.40pm on BBC1.

Alongside Shenton, The Silent Child also stars six-year-old Maisie Sly – who is deaf herself. Sly travelled to LA to attend the Oscars and see her film named the winner.

Many were touched when Shenton used sign language during her Oscars acceptance speech.

Shenton was inspired to write the film after her father went deaf after receiving treatment for chemotherapy. She learned sign language and became an ambassador for the National Deaf Children's Society.


The Silent Child will be broadcast on 30th March at 7.40pm on BBC1


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