The Silent Child

Film Block: W     Cinema:  LAB 1        Date:  04.03.18              Time: 1.00-3.00 PM

The Silent Child *Official 2018 Oscar Nominee (announced 04.03)

Director: Chris Overton

Country: UK

Runtime: 23 mins

Genre:  Drama, Family


Inspired by real-life events.

The Silent Child Film tells the story of a profoundly deaf child Libby (Maisie Sly) born into a hearing family.

A caring social worker does everything she can to stop a deaf child from being treated like a stumbling block in a middle-class family’s idealistic life.

Rated: PG




The Silent Child is Chris Overton’s directorial debut. 

Chris has been working in the industry for the last 18 years as an actor but always had a passion for what went on behind the camera since he was just 13 years old when he got his first digital camera. 

Taking the knowledge he learned from being on professional sets he put his new found skills into practice. Which is where the birth of the UK’s leading Showreel production company came from. Slick Showreels have been producing a wide range of work including music videos, short films, and documentaries for the last 5 years. 

He has worked with award-winning directors such as Mat King, Harry Bradbeer, Stuart Orme, Joel Schumaccher, Oscar Winning director Roman Polanski and was part of the main cast of Bafta award-winning film Pride directed by Matthew Warchus. (Watch an interview with NRFF London)


RACHEL SHENTON writer / actress – Usually keeping her writing within the confines of her Huffington Post blog, The Silent Child is Rachel’s screenplay debut. Shenton’s passion to tell this story urged her to put pen to paper.

At twelve years old Rachel’s father lost his hearing suddenly and lived the last two years of his life profoundly deaf. This inspired Rachel to learn sign language and her passion for change in the deaf community grew. As a keen advocate for deaf awareness, between acting roles Rachel campaigns for equal opportunities for deaf and hard of hearing people. She believes passionately the silent disability goes unnoticed by many and misunderstood by many more. As a proud ambassador of the National Deaf Children’s Society and local charity DeafLinks, she’s been raising awareness for well over a decade. 

For this project Shenton combined two things very close to her heart, performing and deafness and The Silent Child short film was born.