The Silent Child

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The silent child on bbc iplayer

The news that a British film won the 2018 Oscar for the best live action short film was made even more special when it emerged that actor and Meads resident Rachel Fielding played a major role.

The film, The Silent Child, is about Libby, a profoundly deaf four-year-old who struggles to communicate, and her transformation from angry isolated little girl to an outgoing and happy child. Rachel plays her mother Sue, who at first is wary of her daughter learning sign language. This was a particularly challenging role for Rachel as her late mother was a speech therapist both at Eastbourne DGH and at a special unit for children with hearing problems at Willingdon School.

Brought up in Eastbourne, Rachel studied drama at Sussex Downs College before joining the National Youth Theatre at just 16. Since then she has lived in London and Bristol but has moved back to Eastbourne, settling in Meads: ‘Because I wanted my boys to grow up near the countryside, the sea and the Downs.’ We couldn't put it better ourselves.

Welcome back Rachel and many congratulations. It’s great to have an Oscar winner in our community.

And we have just found out that The Silent Child will be screened on BBC One at 7.40pm on Friday 30 March.

You can see The Silent Child on BBC Iplayer just click on the link below.