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ANNEX WELCOME CHRIS OVERTON.
27 September 2022

Chris Overton, the director of Academy Award-winning short film The Silent Child, has joined Annex for representation. A former video game voice actor (dust off your copy of Harry Potter & The Philosopher's Stone), Overton has since popped up in films and TV shows like Pride, WPC 56, and Prisoners Wives.

Yet it's behind the camera where Overton has thrived. He and writer-performer Rachel Shenton won the 2017 Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film with The Silent Child, a drama that uses British Sign Language throughout. Deafness is a subject close to his heart, and commercials soon gave Overton a chance to explore it further.



This 2018 Huawei commercial centres on a little girl with hearing difficulties who meets Santa Claus himself. What could have been a clunky Christmas fantasy becomes a sensitive and charming demonstration of the brand's StorySign app, with Overton key to the ad's success.


Chris has a wonderful ability to elicit subtle, nuanced performances from his cast.

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According to the man from Cannock, Staffordshire, all of his directorial vim stems from The Silent Child: "I think it was reading that script—something quite literally changed in me. Before then I had directed bits and pieces, but I hadn't really grabbed the bull by the horns."


Annex executive producer Basil Stephens is glad that he did: "Chris has a wonderful ability to elicit subtle, nuanced performances from his cast and are delighted to sign him. We can't wait to start working with him."

Reckon your next project has Chris Overton's name all over it? Then email basil@thisisannex.co or call 020 7440 1400.

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