Cinema

Questionnaire on audio described cinema

1 July 2012

Roberta: Accessible Cinema, defined as movies in cinemas that are shown with audio description and/or captions, have experienced both a radical change in the way the technology is presented and a major increase in the number of screens that show them. This is a big step forward but there are still some technical bugs that need to be sorted out. Ally Woodford from Media Access Australia is here to tell us how you can help pinpoint what the issues are via their new questionnaire. Welcome Ally.

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Report on the accessible cinema rollout: January to June 2012

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Following on from the successful 2011 rollout of captioned and audio described cinema locations under the Cinema Access Implementation Plan, the first six months of 2012 have delivered more locations but fallen behind the expected schedule.

The indicative plan to 30 June 2012 provided access to 123 screens across 62 locations nationally. Media Access Australia can report that 82 screens across 42 locations were in operation by the given date. Of the 82 screens in operation, 69 screens show both captions and audio description and 13 screens show captions only.


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See "Ice Age 4" with open audio description

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A special screening of the movie Ice Age 4: Continental Drift with audio description played openly in the cinema for all patrons has been organised by Blind Citizens Australia and Village Cinema Jam Factory in Melbourne. 

This partnership event aims to promote the availability of audio description at Village Cinema’s unique cinema complex in South Yarra, as well as the wider availability of accessible sessions across a growing number of Village Cinema locations in Victoria and Tasmania.


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The Other Film Festival returns for 2012

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The biennial Other Film Festival has announced its return in 2012, showing films that are not only accessible, but tell stories of people with disabilities from around the world.

Embracing its new venue, the five-day film festival will include question and answer sessions with guest directors, forums, presentations and workshops offering professional development for film practitioners with a disability.


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