Departure Lounge

Two Deaf men meet in hospital. Can they help each other as their lives reach crisis point?

Award-winning drama about Deaf friendship and solidarity. When a young Deaf man who is struggling to deal with fatherhood meets a terminally ill Deaf patient in hospital, the duo strike up a friendship. During regular visits to the hospital roof, they make sense of life and relationships in sign language, as they gaze over the streets of London. What lessons can an old man teach a young man at the start of his life? Starring Deaf actors David Sands and Hal Draper, Departure Lounge was written by Charlie Swinbourne, and directed by Louis Neethling (Switch, Coming Home).

This film has full subtitles for both deaf and hearing viewers.

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  • Brilliant production, enjoyed and it left me deeply moved. I am a hearing person.Thanks and please keep doing such films.
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    171009
  • This short film has a great quality and the story line is good to watch.
    Thanks for that...enjoyed it.
    on TV?
    Posted on
    170301
  • This was an amazing film  excellent very emotional .thankn you 
    Posted on
    160510
  • Thanks for this. Please make more! I enjoyed the story line, sign language, and the acting. Fantastic. (I'm a hearing person learning BSL level 3)
    Posted on
    160311
  • Really enjoyed this short story film.
    pleasure to watch.
    thank you
    Posted on
    160311
  • Excellent film, all of you have done a brilliant job.
    Thanks to BSL Zone.
    Posted on
    150622
  • This is an excellent film, and kudos to the whole film crew for doing a great job putting everything together.....Charile Swinbourne has done a brilliant job of writing, and Louis Neethling - great directing.

    I would love to see more of this team in films!!

    Heartfelt thanks from a Deaf American fan!
    Posted on
    150320
  • I very much enjoyed watching the Picture Language , it wonderfully done thank you Sign Zone. Deaf awareness needs needs to at the forefront in our hospitals today.
    Posted on
    150227
  • lots of layers: friendship; staff needs for awareness; isolation; communication; relationship....brilliant.
    Posted on
    150107
  • This so reminds me of when my parents were in hospital, no deaf awareness, doctors & nurses talking to the clip board, me taken out of school to sign for them. the first time I can remember was when I was 5years old, & so it went through life until they both passed away, I still miss them (40 & 20 Years ago).Great story, made me cry, well done
    Pat
    Posted on
    140825
  • It wasn't my first time to watched but lots of the time, it still get me each time, all the actors is brilliant, even the producer of story line is fantastic. It even look a real lifestyle. i would recommend anybody to watched it. Brilliant :)
    Posted on
    140821
  • i like story
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    140820
  • I really enjoyed watching the Departure Lounge drama,I turned off the sound and ignored the subtitles and understood it all,I am taking the BSL level 6 course in October and need to practice my receptive skills,I will be watching more short films on sign zone.
    Kind Regards
    Julie Cox
    Posted on
    140820
  • Awesome film! As a hearing person it gives a glimps of a Deaf persons world! Thank you very moving!
    Posted on
    140729
  • This is a very thought provoking drama. It should be shown as part of healthcare courses to raise awareness of importance of good end of life care options and how important good communication is at this crucial time.
    Posted on
    140718
  • Yay! I have always loved David Sands - the best actor ever! He made me laugh a lot! XP

    This story was awesome, surely it made me feel sad when a terminally ill Deaf patient died in the end :-(.

    Thank you for that!
    Posted on
    140531
  • I thought the film 'Departure Language' was BRILLIANT! The actors were all great, showing really gritty emotion - very realistic and relevant.

    Thank you for a terrific watch.

    Tim Brigden
    Posted on
    140521
  • Loved this, great drama
    Posted on
    140512
  • Touching perfomances from both deaf actors! You move me to tears, Chaps! Keep up the good work!
    Posted on
    140506
  • Beautifully shot and excellently well acted film. I cried twice. Really lovely aesthetic and storyline, and as a hearing viewer I also appreciated the attention to sound detail like the diegetic noise which really made the scenes come to life. Excellent. Really enjoyed it - thank you.
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    140219
  • Very touch is make me tear cos remind my uncle say stay strong u never know yr dream will come find good path.:'( :-)
    Posted on
    131114
  • Love the storyline. Sleep tight, Hal.
    Posted on
    130507
  • It's brilliant to watch Departure Lounge It was moving & emotional Hal Draper was excellent actor he should receive award for best actor
    Posted on
    130507
  • A moving and touching story and am very proud of Louis Neethling as I live in South Africa. Enjoyed every minute of it
    Posted on
    130507
  • Sadly Hal be missed but I will enjoy his programme.
    Posted on
    130415
  • Thanks Hal. A fitting tribute. It brought tears of laughter " A Deaf Heaven " and tears of grief " I should know" . Brave.
    Posted on
    130415
  • RIP Hal Draper. This drama was good and worth to memories about Hal Draper. Many thanks
    Posted on
    130213

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