This evening of film consists of 8 shorts programmed in partnership by Encounters Film festival with Deaf filmmaker and artist David Ellington. The filmmakers come from both Deaf and hearing backgrounds and together their work presents a unique representation of the Deaf community in the 21st Century. Including the Academy Award® nominated film THE SILENT CHILD by Chris Overton.
The films will be presented with captioned subtitles.
Doors open 7pm, films start at 7.30pm
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.
NEVITH THE DRAGON
Dir: Paul Miller, UK, 2017, 8 mins 31 secs, Animation
Lily, a deaf girl, has just lost her mother and moved to live with her father. They don’t get on well. Her father can’t sign, and they find it difficult to communicate. After an argument, lily runs off. She is suddenly caught in bad weather, and falls into a cave stumbling into her mother’s mystical past.
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 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.
Dir: Bim Ajadi, UK, 2014, 6 mins 24 secs, Fiction
A young Deaf man is challenged to a game of Connect 4, only to find that this is no ordinary game. Are the odds stacked against him?
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.
THE SONG FOR SINGLE (单身情歌)
Dirs: Zheng Xiaosan/Sam Zheng, China, 2016, 5 mins 19 secs, Fiction
There is a place, both in deaf and mainstream culture, to feel, hold and express universal themes of human emotion through musical expression.
SIGNS OF AN AFFAIR
Dir: Louis Neethling, UK, 2017, 28 mins, Fiction
Signs of an Affair tells the story of Flora, who has been married to Fred for many years, when suddenly, 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.