90th Oscars Speech: THE SILENT CHILD, Chris Overton and Rachel Shenton

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Written by former Hollyoaks actress Rachel Shenton, who also starred in the film, and directed by her fiancé Chris Overton, The Silent Child stars Maisie Sly, a profoundly deaf six-year-old who was just four when producers chose to cast her within seconds of her audition.

She said: 'Hopefully it will open doors, mainly for the message of the film.

Shenton, who is originally from Stoke, used sign language in her acceptance speech at the Oscars.

"@SilentChildFilm is an inspirational, attractive story, and we send all our love for her very worthy win".

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He also paid tribute to Ms Shenton, who...

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Collecting the award at the ceremony in Los Angeles, Ms Shenton, from Caverswall, delivered her speech in sign language.

Admitting the win still hadn't sunk in, she added: "We were being serious when we were saying we're so honoured to be nominated, we really, really meant it". It's not exaggerated or sensationalized for the movie.

The 30-year-old actress played Lily on the hit Freeform series, which ended in 2017.

Sly was born in Plymouth and when she was two her parents moved the family more than 100 miles to Swindon to gain better access to better specialist education for deaf children for her and her siblings.

The 20 minute short film follows Libby as she learns to communicate through sign language, with the help of a social worker. This is happening, millions of children all over the world live in silence and face communication barriers.

"Deafness is a silent disability, it is not life threatening and you can not see it so I want to say the biggest thank you to the Academy for allowing us to put this in front of a mainstream audience". Deafness is a silent disability.

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