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29 September 2015

From 2- 4 October 2015, the BBC See Hear Weekend 2015 will celebrate all things in film and television related to sign language and the deaf community, led by BBC Bristol’s flagship programme See Hear. Join 'Doctor Who', 'Aardmann Animations' and Award-winning filmmaker, Bim Ajadi for a weekend of screenings and workshops at Watershed on Bristol’s Harbourside.

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William Mager, series producer for See Hear said, “This is a great opportunity to showcase incredible content, from established deaf filmmakers and actors to those taking their first steps into the media world. BBC Bristol is proud to be at the forefront of diverse output and accessibility – we want to draw people in this weekend and promote the richness of the deaf community and deaf culture.”

 On Saturday 3 October, Doctor Who fans will get the chance to preview episode 3 of the new series, co-starring deaf actor Sophie Stone and written by Toby Whithouse (Being Human) – followed by a Q&A session with actors Sophie Stone and Zaqi Ismail, producer Derek Ritchie and director Daniel O’Hara.

Award-winning filmmaker Bim Ajadi will be sharing his experience of working in television with deaf emerging talent (18 – 24 years) – giving them insights in how to prepare for a shoot, operate broadcast equipment, and edit using the latest software.

Children and their families get the chance to make and animate their own signing Morph with a little help from expert Aardman animators. No stranger to sign language, Morph’s early prototypes ‘The Gleebies’ were created by Aardman for deaf television programme Vision On!
 
Additional screenings:
Saturday 3 October
·         Deaf TV: Past Present and Future From Vision On to Sign On, from See Hear to the British Sign Language Broadcasting Trust, it’s had a long and varied history. But what does the future hold?
·         See Hear Shorts Deaf Kisses, Deaf Singers, Deaf Lovers, Deaf Dancers. This selection of new short films featuring deaf characters and sign language mixes love, humour, horror and music.

Sunday 4 October
·         Being Deaf on Screen From the early silent movies to today’s Oscar winners, deaf characters have starred on the silver screen. But which films were turkeys and which ones were award winners?
·         Special Preview: Marie’s Story The inspirational true story of Marie Heurtin, a deaf and blind girl born at the turn of the late nineteenth century, featuring a spellbinding performance from deaf lead actress Ariana Rivoire.

The BBC is a world leader in providing content for deaf and hard of hearing people. The BBC was the first to create teletext subtitling; the first to create a flagship programme for sign language users, See Hear – based in Bristol and now in its 35th series; and continues to set the standard for diverse on screen portrayal of deaf people in mainstream factual and drama programming.
 
Watershed is the one of the UK’s leading independent cinemas providing access to diverse world cinema for Bristol and South West audiences. It regularly offers audio described screenings for blind and partially sighted audiences and subtitled for deaf and hard of hearing.

Mark Cosgrove, Watershed Cinema Curator said, "Access to and diversity in film is a key part of for our cultural programme and something we are constantly developing. This can only be fully achieved through partnership and collaboration so we are delighted to be partnering with the BBC to present this celebration and exploration of deaf culture on screen.” 

For details of how to book please visit: www.watershed.co.uk/whatson/coming-soon

Please click on this link to read an interview with Film/ TV Director Bim Ajadi

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