Cinema and the Arts

Australian festival director takes cinema access across the globe

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Film and festival director Rick Randall, Artistic Director of The Other Film Festival, has travelled to Israel where he will participate as keynote speaker at a forum on cinema access.

Access to cinema relates to how people with disabilities, particularly those who are blind and deaf, view films at the cinema through solutions such as captioning and audio description. The forum is part of new Israeli international film festival, Shekel - Reframing Reality, ‘challenging the concept of disability’, which focuses on disability-centred films from 2010-2011.


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RNIB international audio description study findings released

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The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) has released the results of a study which looked at whether audio description produced in other countries would be acceptable to blind and vision impaired users in the UK.

With levels of audio description on television, film and DVDs increasing around the world, there is an increasing trade in audio description files between countries. For example, many Australian DVDs feature audio description produced in the UK.

In RNIB’s study, 10 blind and vision impaired participants were shown clips of American and British shows which had been audio described in the US.


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Audio described contemporary art tour at Art Gallery of NSW

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The Art Gallery of NSW is holding an audio described tour of the new John Kaldor Family Gallery on Sunday, 22 May at 1:30pm.

The John Kaldor Family Gallery is a significant new addition to the institution. Kaldor, a patron, supporter and collector of contemporary art, has gifted his extensive collection to the Gallery, spanning 50 years of works from leading artists.


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American cinema chain to provide captioning and audio description in theatres nationwide

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Leading motion picture exhibitor Regal Entertainment Group, which owns and operates the largest theatre circuit in the United States, has announced that it will install personal captioning and audio description technologies in all its digital cinema locations by the end of 2012.

The rollout of these access solutions will take place in conjunction with the group’s digital cinema rollout, and will be available for widespread use in America over the next 12 to 18 months.

Chief Administrative Officer & Counsel Randy Smith said, “almost every Regal location nationwide will be fully equipped with digital cinema systems and be further equipped to provide closed captions and descriptive video for our deaf, hard of hearing and blind guests”.


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