A special weekend of events to mark the contribution deaf people make to the film and television industry returns to Bristol this month, giving visitors the chance to see exclusive film previews and do some model-making with Aardman Animations.
The weekend is organised by the BBC’s See Hear programme, which is broadcast on BBC Two and is one of the world’s longest-running TV programmes aimed at the deaf community. It’s made at the BBC’s Bristol base on Whiteladies Road.
The BBC See Hear Weekend is now in its third year. It will be held at the Watershed on February 24 and 25. Across the weekend, people will get the chance to go behind the scenes to find out how the recent See Hear on Tour programmes were made; there’s a preview double bill of two new British Sign Language Broadcasting Trust films by Deaf directors Samuel Dore and Ted Evans; and there is an opportunity to revisit the Deaf drama series Switch and meet director Louis Neethling to learn about how the programme came to fruition.
Extraordinary teens are at the heart of a ground-breaking documentary about young Deaf children attending the Mary Hare Grammar school; and there’s plenty of family fun to be had at some Aardman model making workshops. On Sunday afternoon, there’ll be a screening of a surprise feature film which will be followed by a regular Deaf Conversations About Cinema event.
Series Producer of See Hear, William Mager, said:
“It’s great to be back at Watershed for a weekend of fantastic events that will showcase the creativity of the deaf people who work in television and film. Hopefully this event will inspire a new generation of deaf journalists, filmmakers and even animators! There’s something for everyone and I’d encourage everyone to book a ticket.”
Pat Connor, Head of BBC Development & Events, UK & Director, BBC South West, added:
“See Hear is an important part of the content being made by our production teams in BBC Bristol and we are extremely proud of it. This weekend will give our audiences the opportunity to see all the amazing work of the sign language and deaf community creative industry first-hand. I’m really looking forward to it.”
Tickets for all events are free and can be booked in advance. All screenings are subtitled, and feature sign language. All presentations and Q&A sessions will include live speech to text transcription and a sign language interpreter. All of the cinemas are fitted with induction loop systems and are wheelchair accessible.
For further information and to book tickets, go to www.watershed.co.uk
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