Wessex On Screen: The Silence

The Silence is a 2010 BBC 4-episode mini-series set in Bristol, though filmed on Dublin. It tells the story of a young deaf woman who witnesses the murder of a police officer. It was the first starring role for deaf actress Genevieve Barr, who had to learn sign language for the role, as she had previously relied on hearing aids.

The series won Best Supporting Actress awards for its co-star Dervla Kerwan at the Irish Film and Television Awards, and the Golden Dagger Awards. It also won two further IFTAs for its director Dearbhla Walsh, and for its sound design. It was subsequently released on DVD.

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