Thursday's children

United Kingdom, 1955

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Academy award winning documentary by Lindsay Anderson and Guy Brenton about the problem of educating children who are born deaf, and stresses the mutual trust and spontaneity of expression that deafness gives these children in compensation. Narrated by Sir Richard Burton, the Royal School for the Deaf in Margate is used to demonstrate how children must first be introduced to the idea of words, understand when words are spoken and to reproduce sounds they cannot hear. A masterpiece of sensitivity and dignity.


production company

Morse Films

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Guy Brenton

Lindsay Anderson



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United Kingdom
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Advertising, Film, Journalism, Mass Media & TV → Academy awards (Motion pictures)

Advertising, Film, Journalism, Mass Media & TV → Motion pictures - Awards

Agriculture, Business, Commerce & Industry → Management


Documentary → Documentary films - Great Britain

Education, Instruction, Teaching & Schools → Deaf - Education

Educational & Instructional

Educational & Instructional → Instructional

Family, Gender Identity, Relationships & Sexuality → Children, Deaf

Food, Health, Lifestyle, Medicine, Psychology & Safety → Children, Deaf

Short films

Short films → Short films - Great Britain




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