Rachel Shenton
WRITER
Usually keeping her writing to the confines of her huffington post blog, The Silent Child is Rachel’s screenplay debut. Shenton’s passion to tell this story urged her to put pen to paper.

At twelve years old Rachel’s father lost his hearing suddenly and lived the last two years of his life profoundly deaf. This inspired Rachel to learn sign language and her passion for change in the deaf community grew. As a keen advocate for deaf awareness, between acting roles Rachel campaigns for equal opportunities for deaf and hard of hearing people. She believes passionately the silent disability goes unnoticed by many and misunderstood by many more. As a proud ambassador of the National Deaf Children’s Society and local charity DeafLinks, she’s been raising awareness for well over a decade.

For this project Shenton combined two things very close to her heart, performing and deafness and The Silent Child short film was born.
Chris Overton
DIRECTOR
The Silent Child is Chris’s directorial debut.

Chris has been working in the industry for the last 18 years as an actor but always had a passion for what went on behind the camera since he was just 13 years old when he got his first digital camera.

Taking the knowledge he learnt from being on professional sets he put his new found skills into practice. Which is where the birth of the UK’s leading Showreel production company came from. Slick Showreels have been producing a wide range of work including music videos, short films and documentaries for the last 5 years.

He has worked with award winning directors such as Mat King, Harry Bradbeer, Stuart Orme, Joel Schumaccher, Oscar Winning director Roman Polanski and was part of the main cast of Bafta award winning film Pride directed by Matthew Warchus.
Ali Farahani
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
Ali Farahani is a multi award winning Director of Photography with over 14 years experience in the film and television industry worldwide. His work on the inspirational documentary ‘Daddy’s School’ was screened at 30 different film festivals, being the opening film at Boosan film festival in 2015.

Other accolades include a Best Music Video award at the Razavi film festival in 2010 and Best Title Sequence award from the IRIB film festival.

From 2012 Ali has worked as a Video Editor and Cinematographer for the BBC World Service on a broad range of television work including documentaries, travel shows and live events and has been working on one of the most highly anticipated BBC World Service documentaries, 'Book Burning’. His fictional work includes multiple short films, working alongside new up-and-coming talent.
Rebecca Harris
PRODUCER
Whilst studying Film Production at University, Rebecca was first involved in a hard hitting documentary film entitled ‘Our Son: The Cancer Patient’. It followed a 24 year old man as he underwent his final treatment against Leukaemia. The film received high recognition within the institute, being the only project executive produced by the course leader.

Since then her passion for portraying powerful messages through the medium of film has continued.

Rebecca spent any breaks from studying working at the post-production house Crow TV, alongside editors and directors at the BBC, RDF television and Endemol. She has produced award winning short films such as ‘Dandelion’ and ‘The Tooth Fairy’. The latter was screened at festivals worldwide. After graduating with a first class honours degree Rebecca worked with Media Trust on the ongoing Community Channel feature show ‘Brilliant Britain, later joining Slick Showreels in 2014 and has since produced numerous projects, ranging from music videos, corporate films for the likes of TGI Fridays, short films and everything in-between.
Danny Ormerod
PRODUCER
Danny Ormerod began as an actor at the age of 12, working for the likes of the BBC, ITV and Sky in various TV shows, commercials and films. He also found a love for behind the camera at an early age.

At 18, Ormerod finished time at Fremantle Media and was cast in award winning short film Flak. Playing the lead in this film pushed him into the eyes of writer/director Elaine Constantine who then cast Danny in the Bafta Nominated film Northern Soul.

Over 3 years he juggled his film training with writing and directing for a production company, broadening his knowledge and learning how to make films work on various budgets.
At 22, Ormerod spent his Northern Soul wage on making his first short film Dalston Heath which screened at Bafta. After meetings with Pathe and HBO, Danny was offered mentorship by HBO Europe's Vice President who encouraged Danny to write his first feature.
Now at 24, Danny has written his first feature, is currently directing a documentary and in development on a pilot aimed for channel 4. Other work includes commercials and flying out to Budapest to work with HBO on a new television series.
Julie Foy
ASSOCIATE PRODUCER
Julie is a British actress and director with a passion for the arts that has spanned over three decades, starting out as a child actress in popular TV series Jossy’s Giants and Coronation street as well as starring in the film ‘Strapless’ written and directed by David Hare.

Foy proved she could tread the boards in a wealth of theatre productions including the brilliant ‘Moving the Goalposts’ at the Soho theatre and the infamous room 253. More recently Foy has been directing and has brought controversial one woman show ‘Project Juno’ to the west end.

After being blown away by the script and the passion behind The Silent Child film, Julie joined the team making her debut as associate producer.
Amir Konjani
COMPOSER
Amir Konjani is a Gold medal award nominated in composition at RNCM. He is a composer, conductor, conceptual artist and performance art maker. He has worked worldwide with eminent artists, including conductors Clark Rundell (RLPO), Peter Manning (ROH) and Christopher Rountree (LA Phil), harpist Sioned Williams (BBC SO), Grammy-nominated pianist Vicki Ray (LA Phil), Anne LeBaron (CalArts) and poet Ahmad Shamlou.

Amir has secured commissions from the BBC World Service, BBC News, British Museum, Royal Air Force Museum (Film score awarded), CalArts (Walt Disney’s Institute of Arts) and among others, His works have been performed at prestigious venues such as London’s Southbank Centre and Queen Elizabeth Hall, and at notable festivals including Lightwork festival, Fadjr festival, and Ether Festival. His first album sold over 12,000 copies in two months.

Amir has invented a new method of composition/orchestration called ‘tube-spacialisation’, where music is made with tubes and springs. His imaginative works with prepared instruments were received with critical acclaim at Royal Northern College of Music and CalArts (where he lectured in composition and performance). He composed and harmonised music for the film score The Silent Child using the Braille writing system. He assigned the name of the characters and lines in the script to the Braille code and transferred the dots to sounds. In 2018 the BBC World Service will air a documentary about his life and music, installations, and spatialisation methods
Greg Claridge
SOUND DESIGNER
With around 20 years’ experience in audio post production in Soho, Greg has worked his way up from Runner to Technical Director, passing through some top-flight facilities along the way including Grand Central Recording Studios and currently Silk Sound, part of the Bubble Television Group. During this time, Greg has fine-tuned his sound engineering skills working on everything from commercials to short films and most things in between. He has worked on some award-winning shorts and with one of his friends having a profoundly deaf son, the issue of child deafness is close to his heart, so he was very keen to offer his services to the project.