Oscar-Winning Film 'The Silent Child' to be screened at Subwoofers Music Festival

  |  Published: Apr 23rd 2018

The very first family deaf, dog, and family-friendly festival, organised by Bucks New University students and Hearing Dogs for Deaf People, has proudly announced that it will be hosting special screenings of the Oscar winning short film The Silent Child throughout the day during SubWoofers.


This wonderful short film tells the story of a profoundly deaf four-year-old called Libby, who is taught how to communicate through sign language by a social worker. The film won the Live Action Short Film category at the 90th Academy Awards. There will be five screenings of the film during the SubWoofers family music festival, every hour starting from 1:30pm.


Bucks New University student Kate Woolley, team leader for marketing for SubWoofers said: “This film has raised awareness globally about the impact of hearing loss and we couldn’t be happier that the distributors have allowed us to screen this incredible film at our event. We hope everyone is looking forward to it just as much as we are. It symbolises the core reason we are hosting SubWoofers - to raise awareness of hearing loss and the profound effects it has on people.”


Deaf people can enjoy the day with BSL interpreters and speech-to-text displays. To protect against hearing loss, hearing people also receive a FREE set of earplugs.


Michele Jennings, Chief Executive of Hearing Dogs for Deaf People, said: “The film has been instrumental in highlighting issues surrounding deafness and we are delighted to be able to hold these special screenings to raise further awareness of such an important issue.

“The SubWoofers family music festival, which is both deaf friendly and dog friendly, will be a great way to spend the bank holiday Sunday, with lots to see and do for all ages. With all proceeds going to Hearing Dogs for Deaf People, the festival will ultimately help us to train more clever dogs to help deaf people leave behind loneliness and reconnect with life, so everyone attending will be supporting a very worthwhile cause.”


The event itself, presented in collaboration with Bucks New University’s Bucks Live, is called SubWoofers and will take place on the bank holiday weekend on Sunday 6 May 2018 at Hearing Dogs for Deaf People, The Grange, Saunderton, Bucks HP27 9NS, from 1pm until 7pm.


The Silent Child joins a host of other things to see and do at the SubWoofers family music festival, including live music, fairground rides, delicious food and drink, circus acts, a yoga workshop, bumper cars, a magician, face painting and storytelling for children. The festival is dog friendly, so visitors can bring along their four-legged friends, and deaf friendly – with British Sign Language interpreters and speech-to-text displays near the two stages.


In the UK 11.5 million people suffer from hearing loss* and this number continues to rise.

Tickets for the event are on sale now and priced at £15 std, £10 concessions, £5 children and £30 for a family ticket (2 adults & 2 children). Book your tickets now at: bit.ly/SubWoofers2018

closeup of child in film
scene from film
Scenes from 'The Silent Child', courtesy Bucks New University/Slick Films
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