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A Charlie Chaplin classic gets the audio description treatment

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Canadian access company Descriptive Video Works has audio described the vintage silent film The Gold Rush to bring to life one of Charlie Chaplin’s most famous works for the blind and vision impaired.

Audio description is normally provided for content that has a range of other aural elements, such as dialogue, sound effects and music, all of which play important roles in storytelling. The challenge presented by a silent film for audio describers is that apart from music, all elements of the movie must be described, as there is no dialogue or sound effects.


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Australian cinemas win Human Rights Award

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Australia’s four major cinema chains, Hoyts, Village, Event/Greater Union/Birch Carroll & Coyle and Reading, have won the 2012 Human Rights Award in the business category. The Awards were announced in Sydney today, International Human Rights Day.

The cinemas’ nomination for their commitment to providing closed captioning and audio description in every complex by the end of 2014 highlighted how the four competitors have worked together to improve access to a favourite form of entertainment.


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Sydney Opera House introduces captioned online videos

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As part of the 3 December celebration of International Day of People with Disabilities, Sydney Opera House has published the first four of 31 closed captioned videos from its 2012 Festival of Dangerous Ideas (FODI).

In keeping with the House’s recent captioning award for entertainment, cinema & the arts captioning, its commitment to providing accessible arts continues with the development of a new accessible video player and the top four FODI session videos captioned for everyone’s enjoyment.


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Australian cinema chains up for human rights award

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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.

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