Film story

How deaf children's charity NDCS teamed up with a film crew to raise funds.

Scene from the film Dummy Jim
Scene from the film Dummy Jim

NDCS, which supports deaf children, has formed a partnership with Matt Hulse, the film maker behind Dummy Jim, a movie about a profoundly deaf explorer. The film, currently in production, is based on the true story of James Duthie, who cycled 3,000 miles into the Arctic Circle in 1951.

The charity sees the film as an opportunity to integrate deaf people into mainstream society and tackle social prejudices.

"Dummy Jim is a great role model," says an NDCS spokeswoman. "He shows courage and self-confidence, the qualities we hope deaf young people will acquire through our drama workshops." The actor playing Jim, Sam Dore, is also deaf.

Ruth Couthino, development manager at NDCS, says using the medium of film will connect with the charity's beneficiaries. "The opportunity for deaf children to express themselves through a variety of creative forms helps to develop emotional intelligence and conceptual understanding," she says.

The Scottish film crew is raising funds to complete the project and 2 per cent of donations will go to NDCS. The charity hopes to raise £4,500 to fund a drama academy week for children in Northern Ireland.

NDCS has posted information on its website and in its magazine about the film to boost awareness. The production team behind the film has created an interactive website where supporters can donate online.

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