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Little World — Becky Bailey, 2012

An animation about the difficulties faced by young deafened children. With her father too sick to care for her, Beth is left in the care of nuns in a school for girls. Initially unable to communicate with anyone there, Beth is left feeling isolated and often embarrassed. Over the years, she learns to cope, and eventually thrive, in her challenging circumstances.

Classroom Activities

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  • Watch from 00:20 to 00:45 seconds. How does the filmmaker take the viewer back in time?
  • How does the viewer first understand that Beth is deafened?
  • What kind of shot is used in 03:05 to 03:11? What is the effect of this shot?
  • Freeze frame the film at 04:02, when Beth is at the window. Why has the filmmaker chosen to use this shot? What relationship is created between Beth and the viewer?
  • Watch the sequence from 04:24 to 05:26. What causes Beth’s nightmare to start? What do you notice about the use of colour in this sequence? Why do you think this has been used? How else is the nightmarish mood created?
  • Watch the sequence from 06:56 to 07:06 minutes. How is a sense of freedom created?
  • Why do you think the film is called ‘Little World’?
  • Why has the film mostly been made in black and white?


  • How did this film make you feel? Did it challenge your preconceptions about deafened people in any way?
  • Do you think this film successfully communicates the challenges and emotions of a child with a hearing difficulty? Why/why not?
  • This film seems to be set in an earlier time of the 20th century. How might life have been more challenging for those with hearing difficulties back then? Why? Research and see if you can find out more about this.
  • What other films, TV shows, books, etc. can you think of that feature characters with hearing challenges? How are these characters represented? Are there enough representations of deafened people in the media? If not, why do you think this is the case?



  • Write a diary entry or a short story from Beth’s point of view.
  • Imagine that you are Beth’s teacher, who initially keeps telling her off. Write a report card for Beth. Will the teacher be sympathetic or harsh?


  • Make a film for an audience of deafened people. Will you use BSL in it? Captions? Will you include any sound? How can you tell your story through only images?
  • Use the download facility on Screening Shorts and create a trailer for ‘Little World’.


  • Find out how to sign the letters of your name and come up with a shorthand version for your name. Draw a poster of these.


  • Research BSL for some key words and phrases (for example, introducing yourself to someone). Practise these with a partner.


  • It’s not only those who are deafened who struggle when starting a new school. How might a person feel on their first day at a new school? How could you help them?

Clip Details

Year of Production 2012
Genre Drama, Animation
Curriculum Areas Expressive Arts, Health and Wellbeing, Modern Languages, Literacy and English, Religious and Moral Education
Director Becky Bailey
Country of Origin UK
Medium / Content 2D Animation, Fiction, Colour, Sound
Themes Feelings, Health, Culture / Society, Identity / Self, Intolerance / Misconceptions, Communication
Clip Length 07:44
Clip Length 07:44
Age Group P5-P7, S1-S3