Monday 2 August 2010, 17:00
A script written by Screen Academy Wales students, on tackling the isolation of deafness, is to be made into a film starring Wrexham-born deaf actor David Bower, most recognisable for his role in British hit film Four Weddings And A Funeral.
Little Voices, written by Chris McFall and to be produced by Chris Colton and Glen Biesker, tells the story of a bereaved and isolated deaf man struggling to cope with losing his partner.
Bower is set to play the lead character in the micro-budget film after being impressed by the script, with the three postgraduate film students from the University of Glamorgan (a lead partner of Screen Academy Wales) having carefully researched pre-linguistic deafness.
From left to right: Chris McFall, David Bower and Chris Colton
Bower commented: "The research for this film has allowed a substantial philosophical underlying energy which underpins the story. A lot of film scripts concerning disability or deafness are 'well meaning pap', whereas this piece is unsentimental and uncompromising.
"To me it is a strong metaphorical description of the semantic divide between deaf and hearing people and explores an interesting area of human perception and communication. The script is edgy, punky and gritty, and from an acting point of view should be fun to do."
Writer and director Chris McFall said: "We are thrilled to have such a renowned British actor taking part in the film, but more importantly the right actor.
"Regarding David's looks, attitude, and background but most importantly David's ability to express great depth of character, without needing to speak a single line, that is a rare talent."
The postgraduate student crew plan to work closely with members of the deaf community throughout the process, and hope to show the film in local schools to increase awareness of hearing impediments.
It is planned that Little Voices will start shooting in early August for four weeks, with a final completion date set for February 2011.
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