Sign Language wins Virgin Media Shorts prize

October 6th, 2010

'Sign Language' has been named the winner of the Virgin Media Shorts prize 2010.

A celebrity panel including actress Thandie Newton and director Mike Newell selected the movie - by Northamptonshire-born Oscar Sharp - to win the £30,000 prize funding, because of its ability to stay with you once the film has ended.

'Prince of Persia' director Newell said: "'Sign Language' is one of those films that stays with you after it is finished. It manages to incite emotion in hardly any time at all. I was delighted to see so much talent coming through this year, and wish all of our finalists the very best of luck for the future."

The short film tells the tale of a 'Golf Sale' sign holder called Ben who doesn't want to say goodbye to his colleagues on his last day of work.

Oscar reveals the project was inspired by his early days in London when he worked as a runner in Soho.

He said: "I was always heartbroken to see the stream of Londoners striding grimly by, brows furrowed and staring at the ground. I'd just arrived, so was full of wonder for all the incredible buildings, energy and life - but years later I catch myself doing the same thing!"

The award was announced a star-studded event at the British Film Institute on London's Southbank last night (05.10.10), with 'Made in Dagenham' actress Jaime Winstone stealing the evening in a bespoke dress made from film reel of 'In Bed with Madonna'.