The Encounters Deaf Shorts Showcase
Cert TBC, 87mins
The shorts in this programme with dialogue or BSL are subtitled.
Join us to celebrate Deaf Awareness Week with a bold, varied programme of short films from Deaf and hearing filmmakers which presents a unique representation of the Deaf community in the 21st Century - including the Oscar winning short The Silent Child by Chris Overton.
Swimming in the Desert
Dir: Alvaro Ron, USA, 2017, 17 mins, Fiction
In the drought-stricken town of Agua Dulce in the California High Desert, a ten-year-
old deaf girl challenges her grandfather, a cranky retired firefighter, to follow a crazy
plan and bring the water back to the dry river.
Dirs: Sophie Hexter & Poppy Walker, Australia, 2016, 10 mins 37 secs, Fiction
A young, deaf boy wanders alone through a remote Australian landscape. A
mysterious man pulls up in a ute to offer him a ride. Equal parts suspense and
coming-of- age, Hitch explores loss and acceptance in a silent world, where nothing is
as it appears to be.
The Silent Child
Dir: Chris Overton, UK, 2017, 19 mins 54 secs, Fiction
Set in rural England and inspired by real life events. The Silent Child centres on a
profoundly deaf four-year- old girl named Libby, who’s born into a middle class family
and lives in a world of silence until a caring social worker teaches her the gift of
Dir: Natalia Kouneli, UK, 2017, 10 mins 58 secs, Documentary
A Deaf stand-up comedienne performs in sign language, fulfilling her dream to make
people laugh as well as bringing Deaf culture to mainstream audiences.
Signs of an Affair
Dir: Louis Neethling, UK, 2017, 28 mins, Fiction
Flora has been married to Fred for many years, but all of a sudden he doesn’t want
sugar in his tea – something’s not right! Flora is suspicious and determined to find
out the truth, but ends up in some unexpected places. Starring Jean St Clair and Ilan
Dwek; produced for BSLBT by Mutt and Jeff Pictures.
This programme was curated by the Encounters Short Film festival in partnership
with Deaf filmmaker and artist David Ellington.