Deaf Conversations About Cinema: Wonderstruck + A Silent Child
Image: Wonderstruck
Preview: Wonderstruck + The Silent Child

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classified 12A S

BBC See Hear Weekend 2018


Please note: This was screened in Feb 2018

Todd Haynes
Oakes Fegley, Millicent Simmonds, Julianne Moore, Michelle Williams
116 mins, Subtitled, 2018, USA

Both a children’s film for adults and a refreshingly grown-up film for children, we're bringing this year's See Hear weekend to a close in style with a special preview of Todd Haynes' imaginative adaptation of Brian Selznick’s acclaimed young adult novel Wonderstruck - a movie that will leave you just that.

Ben and Rose may be from very different worlds, but they have much in common. Both deaf, and both desperately unhappy, they each dream of a better life. In 1977, Ben’s is turned upside down following the tragic death of his mother. All alone in the world, he discovers a note which might lead to his absent father’s whereabouts, and sets off on a mission to New York to find him. Meanwhile, in 1927, introverted Rose is obsessed with silent movie star Lillian Mayhew. Fleeing her neglectful father, she too ventures to the Big Apple to track down the famed actress. Once in the city, both youngsters are drawn to the American Museum of Natural History, where their seemingly disparate paths will mysteriously intertwine.

Part children’s coming of age tale, part homage to silent cinema, Haynes' deftly interweaves two stories and two very different styles to create a sweet, whimsical fable filled full of warmth and charm. Starring Julianne Moore, Michelle Williams and deaf newcomer Millicent Simmonds in a remarkable turn as the headstrong Rose, Wonderstruck casts a glittering spell of sound, image and silence that lingers until well after its last mystery has been unlocked.

After the screening join us in Waterside 3 for Deaf Conversations about Cinema and let us know your thoughts about the film. This informal discussion will have BSL interpretation and Deaf and hearing audience members are both most welcome!

With thanks to Studiocanal.

Short film The Silent Child (Dir. Chris Overton | 2017 | UK | 20mins) will also be screening before the main feature.