• Patrick Younge

Locked In Boy Wins Award: Broadcast

CBBC’s first-person documentary strand has covered many difficult topics over the years, but the subject of this sensitive film presented a unique challenge from the outset.

As the first My Life doc authored by a ‘non-verbal’ child, how would it convey its subject’s thoughts in an authentic way?

The answer was woven into the film up-front, as 10-year-old Jonathan, who was born with cerebral palsy, chose one of his friends to speak his words on his behalf.

Showing these boys queuing up to be chosen made for a powerful opening statement, put Jonathan in control, avoided showing him as a victim and introduced him as a bright, charismatic character with whom viewers would want to spend half an hour.

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