‘Daniel is a wonderful presenter and I look forward to seeing what he and the PD both do next’
Drummer TV for BSLBT
This heartwarming documentary follows the campaign by Daniel Jillings – the only deaf child at his secondary school – to get the government to accredit a GCSE in British Sign Language (BSL).
It won out over its higher-profile rivals because of how powerfully it connected with the judges. According to one, the film, made entirely in BSL, shows “the genuine emotional journey of a child who wants to be an equal part of the world around him”.
I Want To Change The World aired on Film 4, Together Channel and the BSL Zone website. Its self-shooting PD, Sebastian Cunliffe, who is also profoundly deaf and a BSL user, worked with Daniel to ensure the film captures his determination and drive, and encourages the audience to get behind him on his mission.
“Congratulations to Daniel and the PD for making something so groundbreaking,” said one judge. “Daniel is a wonderful presenter and I look forward to seeing what they both do next.”
Instead of using a voiceover, producer Drummer TV subtitled the sign language to make the film accessible for a non-BSL-speaking audience.
That prompted another judge to praise the programme “for showing that sign language is also a language, and that content made in sign language can also work with subtitles for a general audience”.
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