Midland filmmakers in Oscar win for The Silent Child

07 March, 2018, 11:59 | Author: Pamela Mathis
  • Former Hollyoaks actress Rachel Shenton uses sign language as she wins Oscar

Rachel Shenton might not look familiar to everyone, but for everyone who was part of the Switched at Birth family, you know her well.

Newly minted Oscar victor Rachel Shenton gave part of her speech Sunday night in sign language - a shout-out to her film "The Silent Child".

The British soap stars, best known for playing Mitzeee Minniver and Liam McAllister in the Channel 4 show, fended off competition from short films DeKalb Elementary, The Eleven O'Clock, My Nephew Emmett, Watu Wote/All Of Us at the glittering ceremony.

The Silent Child tells the story of four-year-old Libby, who is taught sign language by her social worker as she can't speak.

Shenton, who also wrote the short, gave her acceptance speech on Sunday in British Sign Language (BSL), fulfilling a promise to Sly, who is profoundly deaf and was in the audience.

"Our movie is about a deaf child being born into a world of silence". She accepted the award with her fiance and the film's director Chris Overton who also appeared in Hollyoaks.

Collecting the prize, Rachel delivered her speech in sign language, earning praise from the audience packed with A-list stars and tens of millions of people watching on tv across the world.

"I don't how we're going to top this!" she laughed. "Thank you", Shenton said.

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Shenton was inspired to write the film by her father, who went deaf after receiving treatment for chemotherapy when she was 12.

Admitting the win still hadn't sunk in, she added: "We were being serious when we were saying we're so honoured to be nominated, we really, really meant it".

As Shenton comments, deafness is an invisible and non-life-threatening disability; consequently, it is often overlooked, leaving many children isolated from the rest of the world.

She learned sign language and has since become an advocate for deaf awareness and ambassador of the National Deaf Children's Society and DeafLinks.

In his acceptance speech, Overton thanked Shenton - his fiancee.

CHRIS OVERTON: for helping us finish the film.

He told BBC Breakfast they raised "over £1,000 in cupcakes". They auditioned 100 children before they found their star.



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