A fascinating article has appeared in Eye For Film about the growth of subtitling in cinemas, and it’s all thanks to the efforts of Dean Rhodes-Brandon. He decided to do something about the lack of subtitles when he was only eight years old, after Chicken Run came out with subtitles – remember that one? I do, and couldn’t make the screening as there was only one near me and the timing wasn’t convenient. At the moment, many subbed films are shown at stupid times such as 10am on a Tuesday when I am at work. Hopefully, as Dean says, we will have glasses in the future enabling us to read invisible subtitles on every single screening.
The development of subtitles in cinemas7 05 2009