The Gingerbread Witch

Supported by Arts Council England, The Gingerbread Witch was created first as a performance piece in collaboration with artists Vilma Jackson and Joel Daniel. Now devised as a full live touring production, it has also been adapted into animation.

Hailing from the old mystical Scottish village of Oban, young twins Anders (deaf) and Aurora (hearing) share a special bond. Children have been inexplicably disappearing in the village for generations until one day the twins find themselves at the heart of this mystery. Will their bond help them defy the odds?

This enchanting tale features a deaf character at its core, enabling deaf children to see themselves represented in media from a young age. It was awarded Best Artistic Short Film by Deaffest in 2019, Best Animation Short Film by Festival Clin d'Oeil, and in 2020 Colombia’s International Deaf Arts Festival screened the theatre production virtually.

  • Paul Miller
    The Gingerbread Witch
  • Paul Miller
    The Gingerbread Witch
  • Paul Miller
    The Gingerbread Witch
  • Paul Miller
    The Gingerbread Witch
  • John Cook
    Music Composer
  • Jonh Cook
    Sound Design
  • Paul Miller
    The Gingerbread Witch
  • Paul Miller
    The Gingerbread Witch
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Experimental, Short
  • Runtime:
    10 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    January 5, 2019
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
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  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Deaffest UK
    United Kingdom
    May 18, 2019
    Deaffest UK
    Best Artistic Short Film
  • Festival Clin d'Oeil France
    July 6, 2019
    Festival Clin d'Oeil
    Best Animtion Short Film
  • Tokyo International Deaf Film Festival
    May 31, 2019
    Tokyo International Deaf Film Festival
    Official Selection
  • 9th Hong Kong International Deaf Film Festival
    Hong Kong
    May 3, 2019
    Officials Selection
  • Maine Deaf Film Festival
    United States
    April 12, 2019
    Official Selection
  • Seattle Deaf Film Festival 2020
    July 10, 2020
    Seattle Deaf Film Festival 2020
    Official Selection
  • New Zealand Deaf Film Festival 2020

    New Zealand
    May 4, 2020
    NZ Deaf Film Festival 2020
    Official Selection
  • Deaf Rochester Film Festival 2020
    October 11, 2020
    Deaf Rochester Film Festival 2020
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Paul Miller

Paul Miller is a director of Surface Area Dance Theatre and the founder and director of Rory’s Studio, an award-winning arts organisation working across illustration, animation and live theatre. As a Deaf British Sign Language user, Paul’s work is designed to illuminate and educate on Deaf culture within mainstream spaces.

Based in Newcastle, UK, Paul’s wide-ranging career has led him to work extensively as an ambassador for Deaf Awareness. Notable projects include working with the 2012 Paralympics to create a live-action short film representing a range of disabled children across the UK, receiving ACE and National Lottery Community funding to create a Youtube channel producing inclusive children’s stories through lockdown, and working as a guest producer on Where Our Root Are Planted for BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art. The project featured renowned deaf choreographer Antoine Hunter and a collaboration with the Royal Conservatoire in Scotland’s BA performance programme, the UK’s first dedicated conservatoire training for Deaf performers.

Collaboration is a key factor in all of Paul’s projects. This includes illustration for children’s book authors, partnering with the Royal Association of Deaf People and London’s Camden People's Theatre to create accessible performance work, and travelling to Tokyo to work with Japan Deaf Theatre, supported by Arts Council England’s Artist International Development Fund.

Regardless of medium or location, the focus remains the same: working together to increase visibility, understanding and inclusion of Deaf culture in all areas of society, while delighting and exciting audiences along the way.

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