Cinema and the Arts

What’s new this week with accessible cinema?


Following on from the commencement of closed captioned sessions at some cinemas last week, this week sees the increase of open captioned sessions and the introduction of audio description.

Increase of open captions

As a temporary measure while we wait for new closed caption equipment to be finalised, the following cinemas will begin six sessions per week of open captioned movies:

Event Cinemas Parramatta

Event Cinemas Glendale

Hoyts Erina

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Latest news on new closed caption movie sessions


From 30 December, 2010, three Australian cinemas were to have begun closed caption screenings of movies using the new CaptiView technology.  At the time of print, only two have begun closed captioned sessions.

Event Cinemas Robina, on Queensland's Gold Coast, is showing two movies this opening week: the kids' summer hit movie, Megamind, and comedy drama Love and Other Drugs, starring Jake Gyllenhal and Ann

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Audio described movies at Perth’s Movies by Burswood


Once again, St George Bank Movies by Burswood is proud to present audio described movies at its outdoor summer movie screenings in Perth.

Movies by Burswood is offering audio description at a large proportion of its Program 1 schedule which runs until 19 February. Program 2 will be released later in the season. Movies with audio description include Eat Pray Love, The Town, The Social Network and Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dream Treader. 

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Music for the hearing impaired


Interior Design: Music for the Bionic Ear, a piece of music designed for people with hearing impairments, opens in February at the Fairfax Theatre, Arts Centre, in Melbourne.

The performance has been designed specifically for communicating music through cochlear implants that traditionally are unable to discern between music and generic sound.

Sound artist and composer Robin Fox led the team commissioned to create the composition, which was funded by the Australian Network for Art and Technology and run by Melbourne's Bionic Ear Institute, according to a report published in The Age online.

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