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Posted on: 5 March 2018

Former TPS student is an Oscar winner!

A former TPS student is living the dream in Hollywood after a film she produced won an Oscar at this year’s Academy Awards.

25 year-old Rebecca Harris, a Video Production & Film Studies graduate from Clanfield, called the experience “surreal” after judges at the movie industry’s highest-profile awards included “The Silent Child” on the Short Film category shortlist.

Rebecca is the producer of the film about a profoundly deaf girl’s adventure from isolation to achieving connection with the world around her, with the leading role played by a young actress with deafness. It is the first time in 31 years that a film featuring a deaf person has made the Academy Awards' shortlist.

Speaking from Los Angeles ahead of the Awards, Rebecca said: “It’s beyond surreal. It has been such a huge team effort and I’ve always felt extremely lucky to be one of the many people entrusted with this project. We’re all incredibly proud of what the film itself and the Oscar has achieved.”

Rachel Green, Rebecca’s Media Studies teacher at TPS, said, “Rebecca was always an exceptionally hard-working and proficient student who had an aptitude for Media Studies and produced extremely authentic and professional work.  One of my enduring memories of her work is her original music video interpretation of Martina McBride’s Concrete Angel. Even then, her talent stood out, and it is no surprise that she has gone on to have such profound success, and I am delighted to have had a small part to play in her amazing journey to being an Oscar winner.”

Principal Mark Marande added, "We are all incredibly proud of Rebecca's achievements. At TPS we are passionate about the Creative Arts and we now have more students than ever taking these subjects."