Lost for words

18 07 2009

I love watching movies as it’s a great way to relax without the stress of communicating with hearing people or trying to follow something that isn’t accessible. I use a DVD postal service as it’s easier than walking to the nearest rental shop and there is a bigger selection. It’s a fantastic service, except when you receive a DVD and it doesn’t have subtitles. I’ve been renting DVDs from easycinema.com and have been watching the series Lost. All the DVDs had subtitles and indicated this on the website listings. This week, the DVD I received had no subtitles at all, so I emailed customer services and told them. I said I felt I was entitled to an accessible service under the DDA as they were a public service provider, therefore should provide subtitles. Their reply –

Thank you for letting us know about your recent faulty disc ‘Lost – Season 1 – Part 1 – Bonus Features’. We are very sorry for the inconvenience caused by this and we’d like to reassure you that we do take quality control very seriously.

We regularly check and clean all of our DVDs, and any damaged discs we become aware of are immediately withdrawn from circulation and either fixed or replaced with new stock. We’re therefore very grateful for this report as we can now take action to correct this disc.

We have added an extra credit to your account, so another rental can be sent as soon as possible from those available on your selection list. If you have selected to replace this title back onto your list, we will try and send it again for you. We hope that you don’t have any further problems in the future.

We hope that you don’t have any further problems going forward and once again we are sorry for the inconvenience caused. We hope that you will continue to enjoy using our service in the future.

I think someone has completely missed the point here! Or do they not even bother reading their emails and just press the button that says Refund? *rubs hands in glee*

The Four Deaf Yorkshiremen are back!

8 12 2008

Four Deaf Yorkshiremen and the Missing Wife from Charlie Swinbourne on Vimeo.

The new film ‘Four Deaf Yorkshiremen and the Missing Wife’ has just been released. The film is a sequel to the original film which had 84,000 views on YouTube, the new one has clocked up 5,000 views in one week! It stars the deaf actors John Smith, Matt Kirby, Jonathan Reid and Ilan Dwek and is in British Sign Language with subtitles.

It’s also on YouTube in two parts (please make sure you are watching it in high quality with a clear image!)

You can also still view the original HERE

More about the films – they were both filmed in one day, with no funding at all – which meant the production team were free to put them out on the internet. A vital part of it was the support of the deaf production company Remark! Productions.

Cinema disability access forum

7 11 2008

Film London would like to invite you to a ‘Cinema Disability Access Forum’ on Thursday 13th November at the BFI Southbank (NFT3), Belvedere Road, London SE1, from 9:00am 1:00pm.

The session will be primarily focused around Exhibitors’ Disability Access. This is an opportunity to share cinema access news, opportunities and best practice. The session will be followed by refreshments and networking opportunities.

Space is limited. Participation will be based on a first come, first served basis. Please RSVP to subtitles@yourlocalcinema.com stating your name, organisation and job title if applicable, so that Film London can cater accordingly.

Address: Belvedere Road, South Bank, London. SE1 8XT

Train/Underground: Waterloo (South Bank exit); Embankment and Charing Cross (cross Hungerford Bridge to South Bank)
Buses: Routes 1, 4, 26, 68, 76, 77, 139, 168, 171, 172, 176, 188, 211, 243, 341, 381, 507, 521, RV1

Film London‘ is the capital’s film and media agency. They sustain, promote and develop London as a major international film-making and film cultural capital. This includes all the screen industries based in London – film, television, video, commercials and new interactive media.

Your Local Cinema .com‘ is a non-profit group sponsored by the UK film industry. They exist to create awareness of – and increase audience figures for – subtitled & audio described cinema releases and shows. Better access to cinema via subtitles and audio description is something that we all may appreciate, eventually. The fact is that as we age, loss of some hearing or sight is inevitable – we may all need ‘access features’ one day. Click here to read the latest articles on cinema access.

Film : Sex and the City

10 07 2008

Vodpod videos no longer available.

more about "Sex and the City subtitled", posted with vodpod

If you liked the TV series Sex and the City, you’ll LOVE the film. We laughed, we cried, we ate our way through a vat of popcorn and had a real girlie night.

The only annoying thing about the film was the subtitles at the beginning. Half of them were so faded that we couldn’t read them. Get with it, subtitlers! As the film progressed, they improved and didn’t spoil our enjoyment of the film overall.

Go see it!

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Film : Lust, Caution

2 02 2008

Ang Lee’s film strikes a deep chord within the viewer, who almost becomes a voyeur. This film also carries a deeper meaning than the story that appears on the surface. There is superb acting from Tang Wei as she plays her role within a role. This dark spy romance has an unexpected twist and brings the film to a sad and thoughtful conclusion. 95% of the film was subtitled, except for a few English-spoken parts. Get some water, switch off your mobile phone, and go see it!

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