Cinema

Egypt audio describes its first feature film

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On 11 June 2015, the 1963 epic drama Al Nasser Saladin became the first Egyptian feature film to be screened with audio description for blind and vision impaired people.

Poster of the film Al Nasser Saladin


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Accessible trailers help you decide

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Many movies are available with captions and/or audio description at cinemas, on DVD and some video-on-demand (VOD) services. But how do you decide whether the movie is the right one for you? Websites that feature accessible movie trailers are a good starting point.

Popcorn spilling out of a glass bowl onto a tablecloth, paper bag in the background


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Hawaii makes cinema access compulsory

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The US state of Hawaii has brought in state legislation to mandate the provision of captions and audio description (described as “descriptive narration” in the Bill) in all cinemas where the cinema operator has more than two locations (that is three or more separate cinemas or cinema complexes).

People seated in a movie theatre, facing the screen. Couple in foreground with box of popcorn resting in-between them


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Swedish app massively expands audio described cinema

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A new mobile app provided through Sweden’s Available Cinema project will increase the number of audio described cinema sessions from 150 to 150,000 each year.

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According to the project manager, Lisa Wacklin, audio description was previously delivered live in the cinema and the app has allowed the huge increase by automating the process.


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Canadian cinemas commence autism-friendly movie sessions

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One of Canada’s largest entertainment companies, Cineplex Entertainment, has announced the introduction of a movie screening program for people with autism spectrum disorders and their families.

Interior shot of a large, empty movie theatre. Image credit: m4tik via Flickr


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Cinema and the arts highlights of 2014

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2014 had a number of highlights in the areas of cinema and the arts. Where cinema developments over the last few years could be considered full steam ahead, as anticipated, this year saw a slowing of progress as the rollout of digital screens has neared completion across English-speaking countries. That doesn’t mean accessible cinema progress has come to a complete halt though, with an exciting development in the US that could have flow-on effects worldwide.

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Accessible festivals during Australia’s summer

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Along with an Australian summer comes a raft of festivals nationwide. Three of the biggest festivals are the Sydney Festival, Adelaide Festival and Perth Festival, all of which have accessible events for patrons who are blind, vision impaired, Deaf or hearing impaired.

Australian flag waving in the foreground; in the background, a surfer swims in the water off the New South Wales coast


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US cinemas and advocacy groups agree on accessible cinema recommendations

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US cinema owners and advocacy groups have come to a historic agreement in order to make accessible cinema recommendations to government around the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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2014 Access All Areas film festival starts soon

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The annual Access All Areas Film Festival brings accessible screenings of the best new Australian films to venues near you. The festival travels to Parramatta, Casula and the Sydney city centre from 1-5 December and includes open captioned and audio described sessions.

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