Australian cinema chains up for human rights award

Friday, 9 November 2012 16:14pm

The Australian Human Rights Commission has announced the nominees for the 25th Human Rights Awards, including Hoyts, Village, Event/Greater Union/Birch Carroll & Coyle and Reading cinemas in the Business Award category for their contribution to access.

The awards honour the contributions each nominee has made to the protection and promotion of human rights. The Business Award recognises a business that, through its activities, has made a commitment to the promotion and advancement of human rights and/or human rights principles in the Australian community.

The four cinemas, traditionally each other’s competitors, have been nominated for their joint rollout of closed captioning and audio description equipment at all locations nationally under the Cinema Access Implementation Plan. This plan, the only one of its kind in the world, will bring accessible movies to at least 242 screens nationally by the end of 2014.

The awards ceremony will take place in Sydney on Human Rights Day, 10 December, at the Sydney Hilton Hotel.

There are currently 74 cinemas nationally that show movies with captions and/or audio description. Find accessible cinema.

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