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'Dave the Signer' wins award


The fourth Stroud Community TV Awards at The Crown and Sceptre had no red carpet on Wednesday 9th March but was full of local film makers and those interested in seeing award-winning local films. 

The Awards were announced by various local people including Horsley Film maker Pip Heywood, Deputy Mayor John Marjoram, Emma James from The Cotswold Film and Location Office in Slad and Archie Cox, 16, who played the teenager Laurie Lee in the BBC Cider With Rosie film. Winners were presented with certificates and the ‘Oscats’ - Stroud’s version of the Oscar - the Stroud Community TV 'cat on a TV logo’ cast in concrete and painted gold by local artist Russ! 

Amongst the sixteen films shown during the evening, was GDA's popular deaf awareness film 'Dave the Signer' which made it's debut last January, and which won Best Campaign Film in Wednesday's awards.

'Dave the Signer' looks at the importance of having fully qualified BSL interpreters in financial situations in particular. Dave's iconic method of 'interpreting', while funny in the film, demonstrates how misleading and confusing it can be for a Deaf person when the information is not relayed properly. GDA knows of too many situations where fully qualified interpreters are not used and instead, under-qualified interpreters or even family and friends are used. This is unacceptable and through releasing this film along with a series of other deaf awareness films, GDA hopes to inform more businesses and organisations of how to make their services more accessible to the Deaf community.

GDA was in good company on Wednesday; other winning films included 'Autos' by Callum Bonner which won the Best Local Film category and 'Sleeping out in Stroud' by Rob Evans with OPENhouse and Marah which won the Best Community Event Film category.  
Watch 'Dave the Signer' by clicking here.
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