Charlie Swinbourne


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I am an award-winning director and screenwriter, making dramas, comedies and documentaries with a difference – they’re made in sign language for a Deaf audience.

I have just set up my own production company, Eyewitness Media, and I am currently working on four new commissions, for U.K. and Australian broadcasters as well as a national charity.

I am also a journalist, writing for publications such as the Guardian and BBC Online, and editing The Limping Chicken, which is the world’s most popular deaf blog.

Much of my work focuses on Deaf culture – drawing on my experiences as a Deaf person growing up in a Deaf family.

I’ve appeared in the media discussing Deaf issues on  BBC Breakfast News, BBC World Service, BBC Trending,   Watchdog, BBC London, on the BBC Ouch podcast, the Abnormally Funny People Podcast, and on Radio 4.

In 2013, in an article on Limping Chicken, I broke the worldwide news story about the fake interpreter at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service.

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