When filmmaker Rob Savage sent me his zombie short film Dawn of the Deaf, I'll admit my first reaction was to roll my eyes. "Another zombie movie?" I thought. "How could this possibly be worth watching?" But Savage surprised the hell out of me with an absolutely fantastic piece of work that is unlike any zombie project I've ever seen. Trust me: this is well worth your time.
Dawn of the Deaf is an apocalyptic horror short, which we've made with the Deaf community here in London. Our aim was to create a genre film that would connect Deaf and hearing audiences in an engaging, thrilling way. As opposed to re-treading the same narratives usually seen when dealing with disability, we wanted to create a tense story in which the characters' "disability" becomes their ultimate advantage over the hearing population.
Dawn of the Deaf has specifically been made as a means of gaining interest for a feature length version of the film, which we are committed to make with an entirely Deaf cast for a mainstream horror audience.
I really hope this is received well enough for Savage and his team to make a full length version of this story, because it's a truly unique take on the genre and an awesome reversal of the way disabled people are typically depicted in Hollywood.