Hollywood glory for ex-Hollyoaks stars

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Media caption Rachel Shenton and Chris Overton at the Silent Child Oscars win

A film starring a six-year-old deaf British girl and made by two former Hollyoaks stars has won an Oscar.

The Silent Child, which tells the story of a girl who struggles to communicate, was named most readily useful live action short film.

It stars Maisie Sly, aged six, from Swindon, and Rachel Shenton, who played Mitzeee Minniver in the Channel 4 cleaning soap.

Shenton also published it and used sign vocabulary in her acceptance speech. It had been directed by Chris Overton — AKA Hollyoaks cage fighter Liam McAllister.

“I made a promise to our six-year-old lead actress that I would indication this speech, ” Shenton stated while accepting the statuette on Sunday’s ceremony in Hollywood.

“My hands are trembling a little bit so I apologise, ” the girl added.

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Image caption Shenton signed her approval speech

Maisie didn’t go up on stage to gather the award, but Overton informed BBC 5 live: “When all of us won I could see her upward there jumping up and down and that has been surreal.

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Image caption Maisie Sly walked the particular red carpet with Rachel Shenton and Chris Overton

“But I think she actually is taken it all in her step. She always said we’d earn. ”

Shenton additional: “She held the Oscar, the lady said it was very heavy, the lady had her photograph taken from it and then said she wanted to return and see her brothers and sisters, so she is keeping it real. ”

The Silent Child informs the story of a profoundly deaf four-year-old called Libby, played by Maisie. She lives a silent lifestyle until a social worker, performed by Shenton, teaches her ways to communicate through sign language.

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Media caption Maisie is taking Hollywood living in her stride.

Giving the girl acceptance speech complete with sign vocabulary, Shenton said: “Our movie is all about a deaf child being given birth to into a world of silence. A possibility exaggerated or sensationalised for the film.

“This is happening. A lot of children all over the world live in silence plus face communication barriers, and especially access to education.

“Deafness is a silent disability. You can’t find it and it’s not life threatening therefore i want to say the biggest of give thanks to yous to the Academy for permitting us to put this in front of the mainstream audience. ”

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Image caption Overton and Shenton are engaged

Shenton, through Stoke-on-Trent, was inspired to write the particular film by her father, exactly who went deaf after receiving therapy for chemotherapy when she had been 12.

She grew to become a qualified British Sign Language Interpreter and ambassador for the National Hard of hearing Children’s Society.

In his acceptance speech, Overton thanked Shenton – his fiancee. He said: “It’s really your own hard work for the last 12 years which has really made this project genuine. ”

Overton furthermore thanked their parents for making glass cakes to raise funds for the movie, and those who backed its crowdfunding campaign.

He or she told BBC Breakfast they elevated “over £ 1, 000 within cupcakes”.

“My mother and dad made the cookies and Rachel’s mum and the girl mum’s partner Nigel sold all of them at their work, ” this individual said. “We crowdfunded this simply by ourselves and we had the assistance of so many people, but it was produced on a shoestring. ”

The pair cast Maisie, who seem to had never acted before, following a nationwide search involved advertising to the websites of deaf organisations. These people auditioned 100 children before they will found their star.

Maisie’s family had recently moved 160 miles from Plymouth in order to Swindon so Maisie could go to a mainstream school where hard of hearing children are supported.


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