The End written and directed by Ted Evans, is a powerful moving drama that spans a 60 year period, charting the introduction of 'the treatment' and the subsequent decline of deaf culture.
Made with just £4,000 under the BSLBT's Zoom Short film scheme, the film has gone on to screen at international film festivals worldwide, picking up five awards to date.
FESTIVAL DEL CINEMA SORDO DI ROMA
"Through a winning narrative structure and a proper photography, for having denounced the risk nursed in a dull-minded society that considers deafness as an illness to be treated and the deaf as people who has to be brought back to “normality” or “wiped out”, giving up the highly precious opportunity to appreciate the wealth existing in each sort of unlikeness."
- Jury members: Raffaele Cagnazzo - Massimiliano Giovannardi - Elisabetta Pandimiglio
LOOK & ROLL FESTIVAL
"The British film-maker presents us with a harrowing vision of a society that therapeutically eliminates the deaf culture it thinks of only as an economic irritation. The film brilliantly combines elements of reportage and fiction while following commonplace preconceptions about disability through to a frightening finale: the apparent document of a long-term study of deaf culture thus reveals itself to in fact be a science-fiction drama."
- Jury members
Since it's release in 2011, The End has been referenced in publications as charities, medical professionals and scientists continue to research a cure for deafness:
FESTIVAL CLIN D'OEIL 2011
BEST SHORT FILM CINEDEAF ROME FESTIVAL 2012
BEST DRAMA/SHORT FILM - SEATTLE DEAF FILM FESTIVAL 2012 (USA))
(OF THE JURY)
LOOK AND ROLL 2012 (SWITZERLAND)
IRISH DEAF FILM FESTIVAL 2012
EAST END FILM FESTIVAL 2013
CRYSTAL PALACE FILM FESTIVAL CPIFF
TV AWARD OF
SIGN LANGUAGE PRODUCTIONS
"Eye opening. Cant stop thinking about it"
a Neuroscientist living in Berlin
"Interesting and thought-provoking. Wow!"
Marlee Matlin, Oscar Winning Actress on Twitter.
"Engaging and very moving."
Henry Normal, Baby Cow Productions.
"Wonderful and overwhelming!" “Life Imitates Art or Art Imitates Life?" "So awe-inspiring, emotional and relevant."
"A perfectly executed and chilling piece of ScienceFiction... I mean Science-FACT!" "It grabbed my heart and took me on a rollercoaster ride!"
"Every time anyone asks me about deaf people and deaf culture, I will just tell them to watch this film..."
"This is one of the most thought-changing yet provocative short-films I've seen." "A truly original film." "It left me shaken and crying..."
"EVERYONE should see this film..." "We’ll be spreading this film like wild fire here in Australia... Bravo!"