Zoom Focus: You, Me

Emotional drama about the closure of a Deaf school

Emotional drama about how the closure of a Deaf school affects the Deaf people who are linked to it. As a young Deaf girl looks forward to Christmas, a Deaf teacher struggles to accept that his pupils will have to find a new school. These two parallel stories later meet, in a film that explores the disappearance of buildings and institutions as the world moves on. Starring Terry Edwards, Brian Duffy and Charley Arrowsmith, You, Me was directed as part of the BSLBT's Zoom Focus scheme by Simon Herdman.

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  • I have always love watching this show, naomi is amazing actress. It make me have different feeling like sad, happy. Well done for making a good work.
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    161212
  • I am hearing and learning sign language. I watched you,me and I cried lots, I felt very emotional  after. Very well made, thank you. 
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    160912
  • Very moving, a good account of the closing of many deaf schools x
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    160817
  • very moving drama, well done little Sophie! 
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    160817
  • i cried throughout most of that film. Thank you to all of you who made it.  
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    160811
  • Lovely story . I'm happy tears for little girl's come true
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    160811
  • Loved it. Little Naomi was brilliant. 
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    151225
  • love see
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    151005
  • Leave school open its their keys to learn to this world
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    150928
  • This is amazing, I would love to get more info, is it possible to study online, Im currently an interpreter & assesser. Im conversant with ASL & my country sign language not british
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    140629
  • lovely video! I am deaf and fluent in American Sign Language- I am oddly learning an awful lot of BSL from this and finding similar signs. I DO appreciate the subtitles though- as obviously I cant HEAR it, and I dont know BSL. Thanks for making such great films!
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    140623
  • I am hearing, currently near the end of my bsl level 3. This film highlights beautifully the battle deaf people have in order to keep their culture, community and deaf identify alive. I hope in the near future that we finally get it education right, not just for the deaf children but for all!
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    140619
  • Brilliant and Beautiful film well done !
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    140616
  • Excellently written and a film products about educations that Deaf people used to suffer in the past. The little girl was inspired by the actress and it reminded me of an American called Marlee Matlin. I Hope the girl will grown up become a famous. well done.
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    140531
  • What school was that?
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    140219
  • I like this
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    140106
  • What deaf school was that? I didn't recognize anything as the Newcastle School for the Deaf on the Great North Road.
    Surely it's cheaper to educate deaf children all in one school than to have special educators and support staff in each and every school.
    To be alone in the crowd is a mighty tough deal. It's much better for the self concept when there are other deaf people around. It's an influence that lasts a lifetime.
    Also the deaf school environment was very rich in resources, activities and friendly and level minded people and are a contrast with children's homes which were poor and have nothing at all.
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    131209
  • my daughter is deaf we are hearing leaning BSL i am fighting to find a deaf school that is not oral for her to go to as she wants to be with signing people this is at three years old and we are in dorset an oral based county. not even hearing support areas within a hearing school. please can we not push for all schools to be taught BSL as a manditiory subject as then hearing children and adults within ten years will have learnt enough BSL to be bilingual as we are having to force our children to be. we should make every hearing child learn bsl to educate their parents and society. we will be much better off then. please think how we can make this a reality. they are not allowing us to keep our deaf schools so lets change the hearing schools
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    131021
  • That Naomi thought that Father Christmas was deaf just tickled me! I had thought that all deaf people could hear as well as I could hear until I became much deafer. I enjoyed your film and all your actors and actresses who were all fantastic!!! Thank you very much!!!
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    130827
  • I saw this film for the first time at the BSL Zone event in Newcastle on 2-May-13, It was so moving. This short film stands on it's own and wouldn't be out of place on the BBC.

    If one of the major networks doesn"t air this to the masses then something is wrong somewhere. I can feel a slot for it in the BBC 2013 Christmas schedule.

    Fantastic short film - thank you for making it.






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  • that good example how that we deaf person need full education use sign language link deaf school not mixed hearing and deaf not same where ID community that sad school closed now hope in future back deaf school that old history years make keep pass to other deaf child, that really good film make other people watch that make hit them reslise it, should show again who play people back again ask how feel??
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    130507
  • I cried too (and also while at work!) Fantastic film; it should be on prime time tv - especially the bit where "Sophie" meets Father Christmas. All too familiar; all too sad. Excellent film on every level. Thank you! (And well done all involved; you were brilliant).
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    130213
  • I thought this movie was great...I wished I could remember BSl ..went to Royal School for the Deaf in Birmingham from 1948 to 1951 before my Mother and I moved to USA!
    There are not many British deaf people here that I could communicate in BSL.I still remember how to fingerspell, tho...
    Is there a book in BSL which I can purchase?

    Thank you!!
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    130213
  • Beautiful, moving film. Naomi is absolutely incredible, a natural actress at only four! And the teacher and parents were great, too. Only thing is, the hearing headteacher was portrayed as a 100% bad/weak man... Maybe it wasn't his decision to close the school but he was the one who had to deliver the bad news? Bit strange too that he had a job in a Deaf school but didn't know any BSL at all... I hope it isn't really like this? Still, a lovely, thought-provoking film that had me reaching for the tissues!
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    130204
  • Beautifully written and very educational about issues that Deaf people face. The little girl was absolutely superb. Well done.
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    130124
  • As a guidance counselor in a middle school, I saw first-hand how isolating and difficult it can be for a deaf student in a hearing community. Once she left our school for a mainstream school with a Deaf program and stopped trying to hear and became fluent in sign, her happiness was unmistakable. It was hard for the school system and her parents to accept that she had a place in the Deaf world, not the exclusively hearing world. I only wish that she had gone to a Deaf school first and came into the hearing school later.
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    121226
  • This had me absolutely blubbing! Brilliant film and a fabulous little actress.
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    121226
  • It really nice and good all is done
    so well done
    from Ayten Turkmen
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    121207
  • I think this was a wonderfully emotive film. It demontrated the issues that many deaf people have in relation to education very well. I really loved this film and also learned some new signs, which is great since I plan to study BSL level 2 in Jan

    Well done to all involved!
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    121124
  • A great short film, nearly cried (while at work!).
    Expresses superbly the issues of BSL education, Deaf schools and children's isolation.
    Naomi is brilliant actress for one so young.
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    121114
  • One of the 'extras' acting in the Gatehead club scene is in my BSL course!!!! The tragedy of closing schools and the isolation that occurs is almost overwhelming. We have to fight to keep them open.
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    121114
  • well done to people who make this movie and brilliant actors. Beautiful deaf story and my throat got lump and cried. we have same problem with your here australia. all deaf children go to mainstream with an interpreter, all i want is deaf school back!!
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    121114
  • this video girl is a good communtion sign language BSL in England. that wonderful active. keep contiune deaf school . no way closed deaf school . from Peter voss in Kitchener, Ontario. Canada.
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    121114
  • I believe deaf children should staying a place. Pray for you to keep opening at British Deaf School :)
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    121105
  • Please do not close the deaf school.
    Deaf children will learn many things from that school....not public school.
    Communication is the KEY!
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    121101
  • When I received email about Zoom Focus: You,Me BSL Zone from my friend, I watched it Poor cute British little deaf girl was unhappy about her old school to plan closing of budget also she felt frustrated about hearing Santa Claus speaking to her without sign hands my heart goes out to her and others. I am American citizen in my all life I support BSL people have right to struggle over to keep deaf school opening!! LORD BLESS BRITISH DEAF/ HARDING HEARING PEOPLE! ALSO BLIND DEAF, TOO! Please do not give up about it, keep fighting against Closing British deaf school! Smile, Donna K.
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    121101
  • Very emotional and shows how important it is to be able to have the right to attend a school for the Deaf.Films like this should be sent out to relevant councils and local government to back up campaigns to support none closures of Deaf schools.
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    121025
  • This film You,Me does reminded me from another film 'The End' by Ted Evans. Very clearly same issue and same all over again- deaf school shut down, lonely, deaf kids, ending deaf community, etc. Again- the SAME ACTOR from (The End) who played this deaf teacher in this film. Good concept of Father Christmas there though which is very sweet. The rest is the same issue again from 'The End' film.
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    121011
  • Watching productions like this, really emphasizes the importance of Deaf people needing to be within the Deaf community. It sends out a clear message, what! That this is Life as it is today for the Deaf world! This is what happens everyday and the impact it has on Deaf children not just at school but in everyday society. Very emotional to watch as its real life. Superb acting from Naomi.
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    121008
  • I really like it I was watched from US. I know some BSL now. Beautiful story. Beautiful girl. Great job. We had same problem like yours. From US.
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    121008
  • Good acted and lovely visual. Also very emotional!

    Very good link - true story.

    I would like to watching Part two - what's happen?????

    Thank you
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    121003
  • Hello. I am happy with your video and is true for Deaf. Should all friends Deaf are going to School Special for Deaf. My children are Deaf and are learning in Bolton. Goverment not shoulds close all School for Deaf. Is bad now. I am sad for video and beautiful girl. Thanks
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    121003
  • watching it from New Zealand, (ex-South Africa), this movies got me glump in my throat, really beautiful ending. Well done to all these people involved made this short film.
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    121003
  • A brilliantly acted, shot, written, directed and produced piece of work.
    Well constructed story and beautifully visual. The shots are wonderfully composed and very well edited. Very emotive art.

    Well done!!
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    121003

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