The film stars some of the legends of the Deaf acting world, including Hal Draper, Jean St Clair, Terry Edwards (who so memorably starred in The End) plus a brilliant supporting role from Deaf comedian John Smith.
In my live blog from the festival, I said:
8.50pm: ’Still Here’ is charming the deaf audience and me, too. It’s very much set in the older deaf community, with a host of familiar faces. There’s lots of banter between the different characters and lots of funny moments, especially when comedian John Smith auditions for a role in ‘the group’ following the illness of one of the members.
8.53pm: ’Still Here’ has just ended. It felt too soon. I’d love to see a sequel. The cast looked like they were having the time of their lives. The closest thing I could compare it to is Last of the Summer Wine, just that sense of actors enjoying playing off one another. This film will definitely appeal to older deaf people, but it was also very enjoyable for this younger deaf person, too.
It’s great. Check it out!
Watch the film in full on the BSLBT website by clicking here: http://www.bslbt.co.uk/programmes/still-here/
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