Thursday's Children

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Thursday's Children
Thursday's Children (1954 film).jpg
Directed by
Written by
Narrated by Richard Burton
Cinematography Walter Lassally
Music byGeoffrey Wright
World Wide Pictures
Morse Films
Release date
  • May 1954 (1954-05)(UK)
Running time
21 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

Thursday's Children is a 1954 British short documentary film directed by Guy Brenton and Lindsay Anderson [1] about The Royal School for the Deaf in Margate, Kent, UK, a residential school then teaching lip reading rather than sign language. Apart from music and narration, the film is nearly silent and focuses on the faces and gestures of the little boys and girls. It features methods and goals not now used, and notes that only one child in three will achieve true speech. Filmmakers Lindsay Anderson and Guy Brenton were unable to gain distribution for the film until it won an Oscar in 1955 for Documentary Short Subject. [2] [3] [4] The Academy Film Archive preserved Thursday's Children in 2005. [5]



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