Former student’s festival horror

A former student of Shrewsbury Sixth Form College is wowing film audiences and critics across the globe with a film he wrote and directed. Rob Savage spent six months creating Dawn of the Deaf, an apocalyptic horror short, with help from the deaf community in London. Rob, 24, who grew up in Shrewsbury and previously attended Meole Brace School, has been living and working in London for the past five years as a film, commercials and television director.

He said, “Our aim was to create a genre film that would connect deaf and hearing audiences in an engaging, thrilling way. We wanted a tense story in which the characters’ ‘disability’ becomes their ultimate advantage over the hearing population.”

Not only has it picked up a host of awards and nominations, the film was also chosen to play at the Sundance Film Festival – the world’s largest film festival – in January. There were almost 10,000 entries to the festival and only 60 films were picked.

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