Thursday's Children (1954)
Thursday’s Children is an Oscar-winning documentary by Lindsay Anderson and Guy Brenton about the Royal School for the Deaf in Margate, Kent. It explores how the children were taught to communicate using lip-reading and the 'oral' method, rather than sign language. Thursday’s Children anticipated the later Free Cinema movement, and Anderson’s if…., which won the Palme D’Or at the 1969 Cannes Film Festival.
Dr Lottie Hoare (University of Cambridge) recently published an article discussing this film and its relationship to the history of educating deaf children.