It's hard to find your own voice, even harder when your deaf....
Bud, 19, is profoundly deaf. His best friend is leaving town and soon he'll have no one to talk to. He's going to have to learn how to stand up for himself and fast.
Big Mouth recently started it's run on the festival circuit and is in the Official Selection for Encounters and The BFI London Film Festival. I am unable to upload the whole film until it has completed it's two year run on the festival circuit.
The film stars two deaf teenagers. I met the two stars of the film through a friend in Cornwall who is a guardian to deaf teenagers. At the time of meeting them I had recently had some interest from producer's who wanted to make a film with me and I knew as soon as I met Paul and Toby that they would be great in a film together, and I would have a lot of possibilities for making something bold and different.
I co-wrote the film with multi-award winning writer-director Harry Wootlliff, and a lot of what is in the film is based on what the boys told us about being deaf, and about their own lives and experiences growing up in Cornwall.
Big Mouth was shot on 35mm with a panavision camera, every location in the film was within a one mile radius of our unit base and main accommodation for crew - the house I grew up in.
We were very pleased to get Niels Reedtz Johansen involved, he was second unit director of photography on The Hurt Locker and brought a raw and visceral cinematic feel to the film. This suited the film very well as so much of it is about perception and viewing the world through the eyes of a deaf person. The film also co-stars Helen Baxendale.
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