Movie subtitles

5 12 2009 is a project aimed at creating a collection of subtitles for any video material in all possible languages. You need to re-author your DVD in order to add subtitles. and Movie Subtitles are a useful resource for checking out which movies are subbed or not, before renting or buying.

DivX movies

Get your YouTube videos captioned

26 09 2009

Speakuplibrarian got there before I did 🙂

I spotted this cool site which captions YouTube videos at
Speakuplibrarian’s blog. She has written about this site and posted a funny captioned video.

Vote for subtitled cinema!

7 08 2009

Subtitled cinema – we need your vote – again!

Thanks to thousands of votes, the ‘Your Local’ information service has made it through to the finals of the National Lottery Awards (Best Arts Project).

Now we need your vote to win!

National awards can really help to spread awareness of subtitled cinema, so please VOTE.

The easiest way to vote is by phone (not text).
Just call 0844 686 8020
No need to speak – it’s automated! Hang up after about 10 seconds.

Note: Phone votes cost only 5p from a BT line. Calls from other networks may vary.

Or you can vote online here: copy and paste
Just follow the brief instructions on that link.

Votes must be in by midday on Friday 14th August 2009

So please VOTE NOW, and ask your friends to vote too. Please put it on your Twitter, Facebook, Myspace etc! The overall winners will be announced during a special BBC National Lottery television show on Sat 5th September.

Feel free to drop us an email to let us know you have voted

Please vote online AND by phone!
You can vote more than once, but please don’t vote TOO many times…
Voting will be regularly monitored for irregularities by the National Lottery Promotions Unit and the Electoral Reform Services to ensure a fair and efficient process.

Thank you!


Why bother to vote?

Voting tells the Lottery board and the UK film industry that the work Your Local do matters, and should be continued.

Many votes will show that our service makes a real difference to people – it helps those with hearing or sight loss to enjoy the popular social activity of cinema-going.

National awards are a great opportunity to use the national exposure to remind the film industry that the ‘access’ issue needs to be kept high on the agenda. Progress has been fantastic, but more could be done – our goal is for EVERY cinema in the UK to have subtitle facilities.

Also, winning awards that are voted for by the public can help secure funding to keep the Your Local service going – funding runs out at the end of this year!
So we need your help.

Votes must be in by midday on Friday 14th August 2009, so please VOTE NOW, and please ask your friends to vote too.


About the Awards:

The National Lottery Awards are about celebrating the difference Lottery funding has made. They’re an annual search to find the UK’s favourite Lottery-funded projects, and they aim to celebrate and recognise the difference that those projects have made to people, places and communities all across the UK.

Your Local is competing against three other projects for the title of Best Arts Project.

National awards can really help to spread awareness of subtitled cinema so please vote!

Every vote counts, so we would really appreciate your support. We’ll keep you updated on our progress.

Thank you.

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 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 development of subtitles in cinemas

7 05 2009

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.

Eye For Film : Interview with Dean Rhodes-Brandon

Your Local wins award

26 03 2009

The founder of Your Local has been honoured with the national ‘Daily Mail Enterprising Young Brits’ award. If you voted – thank you!

The Chancellor of the Exchequer Alistair Darling today presented the annual ‘Daily Mail Newspaper Enterprising Young Brits – People’s Choice’ Award to Dean Rhodes-Brandon, founder of Your Local – a not-for-profit cinema listings & information service for people with hearing or sight problems.

Thousands of people including readers of the Daily Mail newspaper voted for the twenty finalists. Winner Dean was a finalist in the ‘Teen’ category and his company Your Local received the most votes overall. The company runs an information service and website that exists to create awareness of – and increase audience figures for – subtitled & audio described cinema releases and shows.

The company has worked with the UK film industry, technology companies and charities representing people with hearing or sight problems to ensure that the UK leads the world in ‘accessible’ cinema. Most popular cinemas now have facilities to screen the latest films with subtitles and audio description (a narrated soundtrack) for people with hearing or sight problems.

Speaking at the event, Alistair Darling said:

‘I have been enormously impressed with the talent of the winners and the finalists. They have excellent ideas and also have the enterprise to develop those ideas. The enterprise, imagination and determination to succeed of these young people sends a clear message that there is a good future out there. It is all to play for.’

The event was hosted by the Institute of Directors and recognises young people who have turned their ideas into reality. Finalists had to endure a ‘Dragons Den’ style pitching process and a Q&A session from the high profile judges, including Make Your Mark’s chief executive Harry Rich; property investor and star of Channel 4’s Secret Millionaire Caroline Marsh; Alex Brummer, city editor of the Daily Mail; Homeserve’s Richard Harpin and director general of the Institute of Directors Miles Templeman.

Chairman of the judges Harry Rich, chief executive of Make Your Mark, the campaign behind the awards, said:

‘It’s great to see people making it in these tough economic times and we hope this signals a bright future for British business.’

Secretary of State for Business, Lord Mandelson had this to say:

‘Enterprise and innovation are key to the UK’s future economic growth and success. The Awards are an important opportunity to honour inspirational young people who have demonstrated flair, determination and good business sense in making their ideas happen. I would like to congratulate all the nominees and wish them all the luck in their careers’.

Eighteen-year-old winner Dean – who is profoundly deaf – founded the popular Your Local information service & website whilst still at school. Today he runs the film industry-sponsored service with the help of his family, as well as finding the time to study at college three days a week.

Dean said

Winning this award will really help to spread awareness of ‘accessible’ cinema. It’s an especially important one because it’s voted for by the general public. It shows that my service makes a real difference to people with a hearing or sight problem. As we get older we may all lose some hearing or sight. We may appreciate services that can help us enjoy sound & vision!

For press enquiries please contact Dean:

You can read coverage of the event online at The Daily Mail

Profile of Dean

Pictures from the event

and more pictures…

About the ‘People’s Choice’ Award:
The award was presented in memory of Make Your Mark Ambassador Rob Williams who died in an accident earlier this year. As an Ambassador and business-partner in a very successful venture Rob inspired many other people and was a finalist of the Enterprising Young Brits Awards himself in 2007.

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 : In Bruges

5 05 2008

(Sorry – no subtitles on trailer)

This subtitled film promised to have a red hot dialogue and the two main characters were great Irish actors so I was looking forward to it, I knew it would probably be worth a few laughs. In Bruges is written and directed by Martin McDonagh, who has won numerous awards for his previous comedy, Six Shooter. The story unfolds slowly, and being in Bruges (pronounced ‘Broozh’) becomes almost an insider joke as the story develops. The script certainly raised lots of titters in the audience and it even made me laugh. Two hit men are holed up in Bruges (on holiday) after carrying out a hit in London. Their views on life and death are changed by their interactions with the locals, tourists, and a film crew. One hitman is hired to kill the other. However, this doesn’t quite turn out as expected. Colin Farrell plays Ray, and Brendan Gleeson plays Ken. The script, in my opinion, is very very Irish….

Ken: You coming up?
Ray: What’s up there?
Ken: Well, the view.
Ray: The view of what? The view of down here? I can see that down here.
Ken: You are the worst tourist, Ray.
Ray: Look, Ken. I grew up in Dublin, and I love Dublin. If I had grown up on a farm, and was retarded, Bruges might impress me. But I didn’t, so it doesn’t.

I would recommend seeing this movie, but only the once. And only if you’re prepared for all the bad language that peppers the dialogue. Don’t take your children to see it! It’s an enjoyable ride nevertheless and we left in a good mood 🙂

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Film : 4 months, 3 weeks, 2 days

27 01 2008

Two best friends have 24 hours to make the ultimate choice.

In Romania, thousands of women died because they chose abortion. Thousands of women didn’t, and countless children were put into orphanages. Abortion was illegal under communism in 1980s Romania as contraception was impossible to get. This film explores the emotive issue of women’s rights and the emotional rollercoaster the girls experience as they make a choice between life and death.

The film is slow moving but with some very intense scenes, and the characters are developed well. I was disappointed with the abrupt ending and felt this could have been handled better. It’s still a film that’s worth seeing – if you like the European style. 113 minutes.

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Film : The Kite Runner

26 01 2008

This film looked promising. It is a bit long at 128 minutes but you don’t really notice it, as the story carries you away. The storyline unfolds at a nice pace, starting in the USA in the present day and then going back to the past in Afghanistan. The film outlines the story of the childhood friendship of Amir and Hassan and the breakdown of that relationship. Twenty years later, Amir has a chance to set things right and redeem the friendship. This is a deep, sad film with some shocking scenes, but it’s still a wonderful film. There is some great acting and this film has left a deep impression on me, it’s still knocking around in my head two days later.

Several languages were spoken throughout the film, so most of it is subtitled. Small parts of the film are spoken in English and these are not subtitled, but you can still follow the storyline in spite of missing these bits. I would have given this film 5 stars if it had been 100% subtitled. If you missed the movie, you can buy the book from Amazon.

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