Communications News: First film produced in Sign Language to get cinema revival

There will be a rare screening of the first ever feature-length film to be made in British Sign Language at the Deaf/Sign Language Film and Television Festival this weekend.

The Return of Dracula was written and directed by Stephen Pink in 1965.

The entire cast was made up of deaf people who used British Sign Language.

Since then it has been shown in small clubs but has only been shown in a cinema once nearly 10 years ago.

The event, organised by the British Deaf Association, takes place at Wolverhampton's Light House. It will also feature a British film called Dear Frankie, about a deaf boy, which was lauded at the Cannes Film Festival.

The full festival programme is available at www.britishdeafassociation.org.uk/film.

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