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The Silent Child (2017)

Not Rated | | Short, Drama | 8 August 2017 (USA)
A deaf 6-year-old girl named Libby lives in a world of silence until a caring social worker teaches her to use sign language to communicate.


Chris Overton


Rachel Shenton
Won 1 Oscar. Another 24 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview:
Rachel Fielding ... Sue
Philip York Philip York ... Paul
Rachel Shenton ... Joanne
Maisie Sly Maisie Sly ... Libby
Anna Barry Anna Barry ... Nancy
Samuel Glyde-Rees Samuel Glyde-Rees ... Seb (as Sam Rees)
Annie Cusselle Annie Cusselle ... Pip
Marilyn Willrich Marilyn Willrich ... Customer 1
Zeranna Bueno Del Carpio Zeranna Bueno Del Carpio ... Customer 2


Set in rural England and inspired by real life events. The Silent Child centres around a profoundly deaf four year old girl named Libby who is born into a middle class family and lives in a world of silence until a caring social worker teaches her the gift of communication.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Inspired by real life events: A deaf child born into a hearing family and a world of silence until . . .


Short | Drama


Not Rated | See all certifications »

Did You Know?


Rachael Shenton signed along with her Academy Award acceptance speech (using British Sign Language BSL) after making a promise to her co-star Maisie Sly, that she would do so if they won. See more »


Referenced in Granada Reports: 5 March 2018: Evening Bulletin (2018) See more »

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This one really hit close to home with me...
12 February 2018 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

I must admit up front that I am not at all impartial in my ability to review "The Silent Child". Because I am the parent of a deaf daughter and am very acquainted with the subject matter in the film, the picture had a HUGE impact on me and I found myself crying during portions of the short. Even if perhaps I am not 100% impartial, the film earned a nomination for Best Live Action Short from the Oscars and I am rooting for it to take home the statuette--because of the quality of the film and because its message needs to be spread far and wide.

The story is about a cute little girl named Libby who lives in England. Her family is very well off and Libby is about to begin school. However, there is a problem...Libby is profoundly deaf. Because of this, a social worker has been assigned to work with the child. Soon it becomes apparent that the family (the mother in particular) want some miracle to occur...for Libby to hear and talk, though this just is very very unlikely. Plus, with the family refusing to learn sign language and just hoping all works out, things look pretty bad for Libby...even after she begins to blossom and open up during the time she works with the social worker.

The themes of this short are how woefully inadequate the school systems are to handle the needs of a deaf child and well as how woefully inadequate many parents of deaf kids are to be parents. Everything I saw in the film seemed familiar to me...such as the fact that the vast majority of deaf kids have parents who never learn to communicate with them and how isolated deaf children can be. While the problem in the US is not quite as severe as it is in the UK (here we have generally had little difficulty getting interpreters and other assistance with our daughter due to her disability), it still hits quite close to home. And, like Libby's family, I've known families who simply refuse to do anything to admit that their child needs remediation.

Overall, extremely well made, insightful and sad in many, many ways.

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Release Date:

8 August 2017 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Staffordshire, England, UK


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GBP10,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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