The Last Post

The Cinemas have screwed up. The promised Caption Cinema roll out that was to commence on December 14th now has not happened. Apparently the cinemas discovered that watching captions with 3D movies leads to the watcher becoming sick. Not everyone, mind you, just some. So they decided that the technology was flawed and they needed to reconsider the roll out. Of course it is not just caption watchers that get sick from watching 3D movies. There are warnings that go out to pregnant women, the elderly and people who have epilepsy that watching 3D movies can make them ill. But of course this didn’t prevent cinemas rolling out 3D did it? They just issued a warning – watch at own risk. Presumably a pregnant woman in agony in a cinema or people throwing fits is no business of theirs. WATCH AT OWN RISK AND BE DONE WITH. (http://www.crunchgear.com/2010/05/26/video-bill-nye-the-science-guy-explains-why-3d-movies-can-make-you-sick/)

But we deafies that need to watch movies with captions are a fragile lot. So instead of rolling out captioning they have decided to proceed with caution for our own good. “We didn’t know people would get sick!” they claim. “It’s not our fault that the technology has let us down!” they proclaim. That most movies released are 2D and that sickness watching 3D movies is nothing new is not something that the cinema bosses highlight. And let’s not forget our Blind and vision impaired friends! Presumably they get sick listening to 3D movies through audio description so we have to delay the roll out of that too. Bottom line is that the excuse the cinemas are spouting to delay and water down the rollout of captions to cinemas is POPPYCOCK. It’s an excuse! They are throwing their toys out of the pram because they had their hands forced when nearly 500 people let the Australian Human Rights Commission know that what the cinemas were offering was pathetic and that they wanted more. And for once the Australian Human Rights Commission showed some teeth and told the cinemas that what they were offering was an insult and that they needed to do MORE! Now all of this seems to have been to no avail.

And you the consumer who are reading this – Did you know about this? Have you been informed? Have the organisations that represent you asked you what you feel about all this? At the time of writing Deafness Forum have just issued an explanation of what is happening through their One in Six newsletter. This is all fine but were you, the paying member, asked what you want? The answer is no, because it has been decided for you.

We were promised 14 captioned cinemas as the first stage of the Captiview roll out. There will now be just three. Apart from the health excuse it is understood that there are legal and contractual issues hindering the roll out too. But Deaf, hearing impaired, Blind and vision impaired were promised that the technology was THE ANSWER. And now at the final minute, with no prior warning, the cinemas are claiming circumstances beyond their control. Why was all of this communicated at the last minute? It seems to us that the Cinema bosses are not taking Deaf, hearing impaired, Blind and vision impaired customers seriously. Can you imagine them treating the general paying customer in this way? They would be in damage control!

Letting the cinema bosses water down the roll out of captioning and audio description has been touted as compromise. It is not compromise it is backing down! The excuses spouted by the cinemas simply do not hold water. The cinemas are disrespecting Deaf, hard of hearing, Blind and vision impaired people. And our representative organisations have rolled over like a dog wanting its tummy tickled. All of us deserve more RESPECT than this!

The Rebuttal, being the equivalent of Wikileaks, are letting you know. We are the Deafileaks of Australia and are letting you know for the last time ever what is happening. Yes folks this is the last post, the last Rebuttal ever. What will happen when The Rebuttal closes?  Who is going hold our representatives – THE GANG OF FIVE OR SIX (or maybe seven, occasionally 8 ) – to account? Who will be the people asking the hard questions? Who will take up the mantle?

At the time of writing The Rebuttal has produced in excess of 160 articles. Many of these are on the Blog. The Blog was made possible by Tony Nicholas who provided us with space on his web hosting, free of charge. Articles generally were produced in the E-zine format and then placed on the Blog. Sometimes they were just produced on the Blog and likewise we sometimes just produced the E-zine. There were, in fact, other articles that did not get past the editorial team. Sometimes because they were just plain rubbish and other times because they were a wee bit too controversial. (Hard to believe, but true. 😀 )

The Rebuttal was and still is popular. Indeed over 1500 responses in various shapes and sizes have been received by email and at the Blog. Some praising, some criticising and some just wanting to make sure they didn’t miss an edition. We regularly receive responses from the UK, the USA, New Zealand and Canada. Our articles are often linked to other sites such as the hugely popular Deaf Read.

The Blog remains extremely popular. In the last 12 months the site was visited   179 869 times. We know that people visit the site from all over the world. There were 289 389 page views. 3114 of those were classified as spammers. I am no expert in web hits and I know some of these hits are us putting up new articles and checking comments, but it seems a lot. It is something all of us on The Rebuttal team are rightfully proud of.

There is a misconception that The Rebuttal was all about attacking Deaf sector organisations. This is far from the truth. Some articles were designed to hold our Deaf sector organisations to account, there is no doubt, but many were simply about living life deaf. Some articles were angry, some were funny and some reduced the reader to tears. Some were political, some were celebrations of achievements and some were just written for the hell of it. Many were written by other contributors. Debbie Kennewell wrote about the joys of Facebook and its impact on the Deaf community. Elizabeth McCleod wrote about her experience of becoming deaf in adulthood. Rodney Adam and Sandra Hoopman contributed articles about education. Michael Uniake wrote about the cochlear implant. Shirley Stott Despoja wrote about deafness and bullying. These are just some of the contributors. The Rebuttal was never just about the four editors. It was for the Deaf sector and the community at large. And they used it, and we are so glad that they did.

But now it is over. For the last four years we four at The Rebuttal have taken praise and bullets alike. In fact in a recent job interview one of us was even asked what we would do with The Rebuttal if we won the job. We have been called saviours, we have been called smug and elitist and we have been called just plain old sh*t stirrers. The truth is we were just four people that cared and tried to create discussion and debate. Now it is someone else’s turn. Be quick because if the example of the cinema captioning is anything to go by The Rebuttal will be missed indeed! As William Faulkner once said, “Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice and lying and greed. If people all over the world…would do this, it would change the earth.” Now it’s over to you. The Rebuttal is dead – long live The Rebuttal. Thank you all for your readership.

POSTSCRIPT

This last Rebuttal is very hard to write. The Rebuttal has been a joy to be involved in. It has been our pleasure to bring you a host of articles over the last 4 years.

Some of these articles were controversial and some were just about life. Some were written by others and not just the four editors. But always they were about deafness and demonstrated the frustration and often the richness of the deaf experience.

There is no doubt that The Rebuttal was sometimes a dog with a bone. We raised issues that others would not touch in public. The Deaf Services Australia concept was challenged as spreading resources too thin. The Townsend House and Deaf SA “partnership” was touted as really being a merger of the two organisations, much to their disdain. And now there is only one Board of Management. How right it seems we were.

In the Fragile State of Deaf Sport in Austraia we questioned the lack of funding for Deaf sport and whether Deaf Sport Australia were on the righ track. When the Auslan for Employment Scheme was released we were scathing of it. We called it bad policy, not the least because it ignored hearing impaired people who did not sign and who also had communication needs at work.

Did we have influence? We think we did. We were sometimes “summoned”. This is where an organisation would call us for a private chat. Usually to ask us to water down our views. We never did but what we did do was offer the Rebuttal for these “challenged” organisations to REBUT us and air their own views. Some did, while others chose to remain silent. More than one CEO contacted us to ask us to write about something they wanted to air but they felt that they could not because of their POSITION.

The Auslan for Employment Scheme was a constant thorn in our side. Originally it offered funding only for 12 months and it ignored the needs of hearing impaired people who could benefit from live remote captioning in the workplace.

We felt that our representatives had too quickly accepted what was on offer. We were loud and critical. We were asked to “hush” We were told it was a good start and to be thankful.

BUT bad policy is bad policy and if no one speaks out nothing gets heard. So speak out we did. Did we influence the issue? Who knows but it is interesting to note that the scheme now is ongoing and you can now claim the cost of live remote captioning through it as well. All we can say is that we said it first.

There were also attempts to censor us. We know of more than one occasion where a CEO contacted the CEO of another organisation to try and shut us up. We know one even approached their Board of Management with a view of giving us a legal warning but was reproached. We were lucky that we had “friends” and supporters and they warned us of many things. One of our favourite incidents was to be told to use a pseudonym so that our views could not be linked back to organisations we might be associated with. Yup! Openness and debate is often frowned upon.

All we ever tried to do was to create discussion and debate. We wanted The Rebuttal to be a tool where the status quo could be challenged. Most of all we wanted The Rebuttal to be for Deaf and hearing impaired people and to show deafness in all of its various forms – political, funny, sad and, most of all, just a way of life to be celebrated openly and with passion.

We hope that we have achieved this. This is the last Rebuttal. Farewell and thank you. The Rebuttal is dead –

Long live The Rebuttal!!

THE FINAL SAY

Marnie Kerridge – The Rebuttal has been both a bane and joy in my life. Difficult – in the time it takes to write, proofread and send out editions. Scary – in the fact that there were threats of litigation. Disturbing – to see how my family were treated by challenged organisations and individuals and how opportunities were quickly cut off for us.

Joyful – in seeing deaf issues finally getting a voice. Triumphant – that all organisations and individuals were put on notice and made to be accountable. Successful – that some issues educated the wider community.

The Rebuttal has been an important and integral part of the Deaf and hearing impaired sector. It is your turn to keep everyone on their toes and accountable. Don’t lie back and be subservient – you are worth the fight. Rebut!

Adam Brown – Wow! Has it really been 4 years already?!

It is with much sadness and regret that I reluctantly walk away from my editorial responsibilities at The “Butt, as it has become fondly known. The emptiness that I feel is akin to having buried one of my beloved children!

When I embarked on this venture with my fellow Editors we could not have possibly foreseen how successful and popular it would become. Whilst we have no doubt put some considerably stiff noses out of joint and smashed some to smithereens with our at times controversial and evocative style, I would like to earnestly thank our devoted readers for their continued encouragement and support as we have sought to bring pertinent Deaf and hearing impaired issues to the attention and conscience of the general public and powers-that-be.

It has been an enlightening and enriching experience, and I have been endlessly humbled by the many strangers that have approached me over the past 4 years to either encourage, rebut, debate or discuss the diverse points of view presented. Many of you have become dear friends, and I look forward to continuing these associations with you in the coming days as we reflect on the phenomenon that was “The Rebuttal.”

To Gary, Marnie, Dean I thank you sincerely for your warm friendship, advice and encouragement to “live a little”. I will miss the many laughs, stresses, debates and arguments that have ensued as we’ve raised against time to prepare articles for deadline.

At the end of the day when all is said and done, I hope that “The Rebuttal” has has demonstrated that there is a wealth of skill, knowledge and ability out there within the Deaf and hearing impaired community, and we truly do have the ability to evoke and provoke much needed change in deafness and hearing impairment services and supports, provided that we remain united and vocal in continuing to advocate passionately for our needs in these constantly changing and evolving times.

Stay strong!

Dean Barton-Smith – Dean was one of the major drivers of The Rebuttal. Recently Dean was elevated to President of the Australian Federation of Disability Organisations.

What this meant was that Dean was no longer in a position where he could make independent political comment such as that which is printed in The Rebuttal. As a result he reluctantly withdrew from his involvement.

Without Dean there would have been no Rebuttal. Thanks Dean for everything. We know as President of AFDO you will make sure the consumer, the little person, is heard and represented fairly!

Gary Kerridge – I think I’ve said enough already! KEEP YOUR VOICE LOUD!


AND FINALLY  THE PRESTIGOUS THE REBUTTAL AWARDS FOR 2010 GO TO !!!!!!!!! (Drum roll!!!)


The World War III Award! – This Goes to Deaf Children Australia and the Victorian College for The Deaf – for their very public stoush about the sale of land at the historic Bluestone building on St Kilda Road. They both claimed to have support from the Deaf community for their views. This was a furphy as the Deaf community is very much divided and mis-informed. We thinks the Deaf community are in Switzerland on the issue!

The Who Are You Award! – This goes with much fanfare to the BIG 4 Cinemas for their shoddy treatment of Deaf, hearing impaired, Blind and vision impaired people. They promised us captions and audio description by December on a large scale and now they are rolling out excuses for delay like there is no tomorrow. As far as they are concerned they wish we did not exist, we are such a burden. They may as well ask WHO ARE YOU??


The Members Dont Matter Award – This goes to our many representative organisations. Take your pick – Deaf Australia, Deafness Forum, Media Access Australia etc etc … For their shoddy treatment of Deaf and hearing impaired people in the Cinema Captioning Campaign. Nearly five hundred people wrote into the Australian Human Rights Commission and nearly all of those 500 people protested loudly at the captioning deal that our representative organisations had brokered for us.  Not good enough and MORE was the clear messsage. What did our representative organisations do? Supported the cinemas thats what. Showing us yet again that our hard earned membership dollar means nothing! ( by the way the finger in the award refers to what they gave to us not what we are giving to them. )

The Eddie McGuire Award – Eddie everywhere they call him in Australia. So called for his ability to be seen virtually everywhere.  This prestigous award goes to AI MEDIA!  The Deafness Forum Summit!    The Australian Caption Awards! Every five minutes on Facebook! The Inventors! Foxtel! Austar! – U name it they are there! They give a new meaning to the word SLICK!

The Showing The Way Award – There can only be one winner of this award and that is AUSLAN SERVICES! Not only did they win Interpreter Agency of the Year but they constantly give to and support the Deaf community in a way that puts our large Deaf support service agencies to shame. THEY GIVE! Not like a certain organisations that makes its members BEG! Take note and learn we say. Congratulations Auslan Services!

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27 thoughts on “The Last Post

  1. To the Rebuttal Team – you will be missed. We think you have done so much to empower the Deaf community – your funny, insightful and provocative editorial was always food for thought and often for action.

    On behalf of our membership and staff- many thanks.

    Kate Kennedy

    Parent Council for Deaf Education (PCDE)

  2. Hi Gary,

    Your role of The Rebuttal in the last four years is great benefit to the Deaf community in Australia. Thanks mate!

    I know it’s may sounds strange of me asking you a question…. Why you stopped writing for The Rebuttal? I assume you’re tired of being attacked by the Deaf organisations or were you threaten with legal action ?

    As far I am concerned, there is no real Deaf consumer in Australia. We used to have AAD as a true Deaf consumer. But now the Deaf Australia are turning from the Deaf consumer to Deaf Service Provider. Our voice for the Deaf community in Australia is very weak as far I am concerned.

    Cheers,

    Timothy Morgan

  3. Gary et al,

    While I often may not agree with the views, sometimes I certainly do. Dissent can be valuable and is often not valued.

    Graeme Kelly
    Chief Executive Officer
    Vicdeaf,

  4. Thank you for your good wishes MM. If you enjoyed The Rebuttal so much, how come we didn’t rate a mention in your top ten Blogs for 2010? We’re not boring, we are intelligent, we are provocative, WE DON’T BAN YOU [as much as I would like to] 😦 Are we not American enough for you!

      • Actually MM, this is one of the RARE sites where you have not been banned from.

        😀

        Anywhere else I moderate, your posts end up in the trash 😛

      • I don’t recall arguing with your team mate Garry. I appreciate he has many issues to deal with, so stay clear usually. Strange, your blog advocated free speech, he advocates and revels in bans ? no conundrum there just a personal gripe is it ? Clean feed rules, we need censors as he now appreciates…. The positive to the blog going is now I won’t have to read him again…. the negative, someone like yourself with no personal axe to grind is going. It’s true the meek WON’T inherit the earth after all…. personally I never thought they stood a chance…

      • Gawd you two do carry on! Still its entertaining. Now celebrate the end of the BUTT and take the biff boff elsewhere 😀

  5. 2011 and beyond is going to be a bit boring now.

    I always get excited when I get the latest The Rebuttal. Full of juicy stuff that are relevant to me, my family and the community. Gets me pumped up, feel energised and made me realise I am not alone.

    It was a bold e-newspaper that open up issues that are very true as much as many people will find hard to swallow.

    The topics were very relevant, hard hitting, tough yet many times factual. But when they make mistakes, they, unlike other people, quickly put their hand up and accept fault and correct their information. They don’t run and hide behind bushes or put spin to the story to cover themselves. They have integrity!

    If I could describe what The Rebuttal is all about – it talks about the ‘elephant in the room’.

    “Elephant in the room” is an English idiom for an obvious truth that is being ignored or goes unaddressed. The idiomatic expression also applies to an obvious problem or risk no one wants to discuss.

    It is based on the idea that an elephant in a room would be impossible to overlook; thus, people in the room who pretend the elephant is not there have made a choice. They are choosing to concern themselves with tangential or small and irrelevant issues rather than deal with the looming big one.

    Oppression still occurs and many deaf people are often sternly told to not to complain, raise their concerns, to quieten down, go to the corner or be told to be careful as you could upset the big wigs in which there could be consequences. Even be labelled as a trouble maker.

    But we see hearing people protesting, arguing, fighting for their rights and they are rarely scolded or disciplined. In fact they often get what they need.

    The Rebuttal allows us to raise to those issue plus more in an open space and ensure that the elephant/s ARE identified or placed in the room amongst these decision makers.

    My favourite stories?

    – Slums of Mumbai (did you know certain organisations quickly initiated policies after this came out)

    – Cinema Access Campaign (got people talking, writing and campaigning after THAT video went out on Facebook. The community had teeth that the cinema thought we never had.)

    – Fragile State of Deaf Sports in Australia (14 months on and little has changed. NSW and little old Tasmania still not established. ACT and one national sport organisation just manage to get themselves together. Many notable deaf and hearing people have recently stood down at state level and one DSA director recently resigning, it is allege on unhappy terms. The Federal Government recently knocked back $700,000 in funding request from DSA. They’ve yet to learn. This ‘Nostradamus article’ is so true.)

    – Deafness and Bullying (Sadly still happening and more sadly also within our own community. We must not let ourselves be lap dogs to those who think they hold power. Stand your ground!)

    – Auslan for Employment Scheme (A Monty Python classical comedy of errors. Thank goodness it is now changed for the better)

    Michael Uniacke’s story on cochlear implant views plus many more.

    It is now up to us to hold these organisations, government and policy makers to account.

    My brother once told me, if we don’t continue to REBUT, our voices / signs will never be heard / seen or truly understood. Do not be afraid! REBUT!

    • I remember the one of the first article about Deaf CEO. Have things improved since? Still hearing people being appointed because they happen to have a friend, family relative who has some form hearing impairment so this qualifies them to be overly better than other deaf people who have REAL experience and skills.

      Alwasy love the AFE bungle.

      Deaf Sports Australia.. their latest newsletter shows another one of their usual PR spin doctoring. We can’t continue to be fooled. We know the truth that led to the resignation. I spoke to one reputable Deaflympian who told me he told DSA early in the year they need to undertake an active lobbying campaign to show why the Government should greatly invest into deaf sports and the value Their response – they basically fobbed him off as if they seem to know more and he doesnt. (Crikeys this Deaflympian helps secured mega millions for the 2005 Deaflympics so surely he has some clout.) Well perhaps they shouldnt have now and should have started LISTENING to those who really know. Time for much needed change.

      Love the ‘Elephant in the Room’ metaphor. So true.

      • Well Peter .. It is about the same. One Deaf Society has a Deaf CEO though how he got there at the expense of another will always be a source of amazement. One was cast on the scrapheap, the one that was there when the Rebuttal was started to be replaced by a hearing person. Myself missed out on one to a hearing person who has family related deafness … Positive discrimination and affirmative action are not things that our organisations grasp too well unfortunately. So in four years, has it changed – NUP!

  6. Don’t understand the comments about 3D subtitled films being a problem. Here in the UK we’ve had them for more than a year. All the latest 3D releases – Avatar, Megamind, Tron etc. Hundreds of subtitled shows of each nationwide.

    Dean, your local cinema .com

    (Typical schedule to follow, so you can see what I’m talking about).

    • Just been to see Tron Legacy in 3D and with subtitles. It was a crap film but that’s besides the point, which is I had no trouble accessing the subtitles on a 3D film, also the subtitles are even better in 3D, “standing out” a little from the on-screen action!

  7. Subtitled cinema!
    From Thurs 16th December

    Subtitled cinema! Tron Legacy, Burlesque, Megamind, Chronicles of Narnia, Harry Potter, Unstoppable, The American, The Tourist & more…

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    SUBTITLED CINEMA SHOWS & TRAILERS:

    Tron : Legacy (PG)
    http://www.yourlocalcinema.com/tron.html

    Burlesque (12a)
    http://www.yourlocalcinema.com/burlesque.html

    Megamind subtitled (PG)
    http://www.yourlocalcinema.com/megamind.html

    The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader subtitled (PG)
    http://www.yourlocalcinema.com/narnia3.html

    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (part 1) (12a)
    http://www.yourlocalcinema.com/harrypotter7.html

    Unstoppable subtitled (12a)
    http://www.yourlocalcinema.com/unstoppable.html

    And more:
    The Tourist, The American, Another Year, Legend of the Guardians, Due Date, and more:
    http://www.yourlocalcinema.com/more.html

    FULL LISTINGS BELOW & ON THE WEBSITE:
    http://www.yourlocalcinema.com/now.showing.html
    Shows added to the website as announced – check it regularly!

    Full listings on one big page here: http://www.yourlocalcinema.com/listings.html
    PDF format: http://www.yourlocalcinema.com/listings.pdf
    Plain text format: http://www.yourlocalcinema.com/listings.txt

    __________________________________

    On the website: Subtitled trailers:
    Tron Legacy, Burlesque, True Grit, Little Fockers, 127 Hours, Gulliver’s Travels, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Megamind, The American, Unstoppable, The Tourist, Green Hornet, Due Date, Another Year and more:
    http://www.yourlocalcinema.com/subtitled.trailers.html

    ___________________________________

    Tron: Legacy subtitled (PG) 2 hours 5 mins

    All-action adventure featuring stunning visual effects. Haunted by the mysterious disappearance of his father, Kevin Flynn – the world’s leading video game developer – 27-year-old Sam receives a mysterious signal that leads him into the world where his father has been trapped for twenty years. Soon, father and son are caught up in a life-or-death journey, as they try to escape a digital universe with never-before-imagined vehicles, weapons and landscapes.

    3D where indicated.

    London & surround:

    Enfield EN1 Cineworld
    3D! Sun 19th, Mon 20th Dec 2.30pm

    Feltham Cineworld TW13
    3D! Sun 19th Dec 2.40 , Mon 20th Dec 5.40pm

    Greenwich O2 SE10 Cineworld
    3D! Mon 20th Dec 4.30pm

    Hatfield Odeon
    3D! Thurs 23rd Dec 3:15

    South Woodford E18 Odeon
    3D! Tues 21st Dec 12:00 , Tues 21st Dec 3:00 , Tues 21st Dec 6:00 , Tues 21st Dec 9:00pm

    Staples Corner NW2 Cineworld
    3D! Sun 19th Dec 5.30pm

    Streatham SW16 Odeon
    3D! Sun 19th Dec 11:15am, Mon 20th Dec 5:15, Tues 21st Dec 2:15

    Swiss Cottage NW3 Odeon
    3D! Sun 19th Dec 2:45 , Tues 21st Dec 11:45am, Thurs 23rd Dec 5:45

    Thurrock Vue
    (not 3D) Sun 19th Dec 12:15

    Uxbridge Odeon
    3D! Sun 19th Dec 10:15am, Mon 20th Dec 2:15 , Thurs 23rd Dec 5:15

    West India Quay E14 Cineworld
    3D! Sun 19th Dec 2.30 , Mon 20th Dec 5.30pm

    Wood Green N22 Cineworld
    3D! Mon 20th Dec 9.30pm

    Wood Green N22 Vue
    3D! Tues 21st Dec 8:15pm

    UK:

    Ashford Cineworld
    3D! Thurs 23rd Dec 2.30pm

    Basingstoke Odeon
    3D! Sun 19th Dec 8:15pm, Thurs 23rd Dec 5:15

    Bath Odeon
    3D! Tues 21st Dec 5:15

    Beckenham Odeon
    3D! Thurs 23rd Dec 9:15pm, Fri 17th Dec 12:15 , Tues 21st Dec 12:15

    Blackpool Odeon
    3D! Sun 19th Dec 3:15 , Tues 21st Dec 12:15

    Bedford Cineworld
    3D! Sun 19th Dec 2.30 , Mon 20th Dec 5.30pm

    Bournemouth Odeon
    3D! Sun 19th Dec 12:15, Mon 20th Dec 6:15, Mon 20th Dec 9:15pm, Tues 21st Dec 12:15 , Tues 21st Dec 3:15, Wed 22nd Dec 12:15

    Braintree Essex Cineworld
    3D! Mon 20th Dec 6.20pm

    Bridgend Odeon
    3D! Tues 21st Dec 3:15 , Sun 19th Dec 09:40am

    Bristol Cineworld
    3D! Sun 19th Dec 2.30, Mon 20th Dec 5.30pm

    Burton On Trent Cineworld
    3D! Sun 19th Dec 2.30, Mon 20th Dec 9.30pm

    Cambridge Cineworld
    3D! Sun 19th Dec 6.00 , Mon 20th Dec 9.10pm

    Cardiff Cineworld
    3D! Sun 19th Dec 12.30 , Mon 20th Dec 6.30pm

    Castleford Cineworld
    3D! Sun 19th, Mon 20th Dec 11.30am

    Chelmsford Odeon
    3D! Mon 20th Dec 8:00, Tues 21st Dec 5:05

    Coventry Odeon
    3D! Sun 19th Dec 3:15 , Tues 21st Dec 12:15, Thurs 23rd Dec 5:15

    Crawley West Sussex Cineworld
    3D! Tues 21st, Thurs 23rd Dec 7.45pm

    Darlington Odeon
    3D! Mon 20th Dec 2:15 , Tues 21st Dec 2:15

    Dudley Odeon
    (not 3D) Sun 19th Dec 5:15 , Mon 20th Dec 8:15pm, Tues 21st Dec 2:15

    Edinburgh Cineworld
    3D! Mon 20th, Thurs 23rd Dec 2.30pm

    Edinburgh Lothian Road Odeon
    3D! Sun 19th Dec 5:10 , Wed 22nd Dec 2:20

    Falkirk Cineworld
    3D! Mon 20th Dec 2.30 , Thurs 23rd Dec 5.30pm

    Feltham Cineworld
    3D! Sun 19th Dec 2.40 , Mon 20th Dec 5.40pm

    Gerrards Cross, Bucks Odeon
    3D! Sun 19th Dec 11:15am, Thurs 23rd Dec 11:15am

    Glasgow Parkhead Cineworld
    Tues 21st Dec 5.30

    Glasgow Braehead Odeon
    3D! Tues 21st Dec 7:15
    (and not 3D) Thurs 23rd Dec 2:15

    Harlow Essex Cineworld
    3D! Mon 20th Dec 5.30pm

    Hastings Odeon
    3D! Sun 19th Dec 9:15pm, Mon 20th Dec 12:15, Tues 21st Dec 12:15

    Hatfield Odeon
    3D! Thurs 23rd Dec 3:15

    Haverhill Cineworld
    3D! Sun 19th Dec 2.30 , Mon 20th Dec 5.30pm

    Hull Cineworld
    3D! Sun 19th Dec 2.30 , Mon 20th Dec 5.30pm

    Hull Vue
    (not 3D) Sun 19th Dec 12:45, Tues 21st Dec 6:15

    Ilford Cineworld
    3D! Sun 19th Dec 2.30 , Mon 20th Dec 5.30pm

    Kilmarnock Odeon
    3D! Sat 18th Dec 11:20am, Mon 20th Dec 5:00, Tues 21st Dec 2:00

    Lincoln Odeon
    3D! Sun 19th Dec 2:00, Mon 20th Dec 5:00

    Luton Bedfordshire Cineworld
    3D! Sun 19th Dec 11.30am , Mon 20th Dec 2.30pm

    Maidstone Odeon
    3D! Sun 19th Dec 11:15am, Mon 20th Dec 12:15, Tues 21st Dec 9:15pm

    Manchester Filmworks Odeon
    3D! Sun 19th Dec 1:45, Mon 20th Dec 4:45 , Tues 21st Dec 4:45

    Manchester Trafford ODeon
    (not 3D) Sun 19th Dec 1:45 , Mon 20th Dec 1:45 , Tues 21st Dec 1:45

    Milton Keynes Cineworld
    3D! Thurs 23rd Dec 9.30pm

    Newcastle Metrocentre Odeon
    3D! Sun 19th Dec 2:15, Mon 20th Dec 5:15
    (and not 3D) Tues 21st Dec 1:15

    Newport Gwent, Wales, Cineworld
    3D! Sun 19th 12.30pm, Mon 20th Dec 12.30pm

    Northampton Cineworld
    3D! Sun 19th Dec 2.30, Mon 20th Dec 5.30pm

    Nottingham Cineworld
    3D! Sun 19th Dec 3.30, Tues 21st Dec 6.30pm

    Salisbury Odeon
    3D! Mon 20th Dec 9:15pm, Mon 20th Dec 3:15, Thurs 23rd Dec 12:15, Thurs 23rd Dec 6:15

    Southampton Cineworld
    3D! Mon 20th Dec 2.30pm

    Southampton Odeon
    3D! Thurs 23rd Dec 7:15

    Southend Odeon
    3D! Mon 20th Dec 8:00 , Tues 21st Dec 5:05

    Stevenage Cineworld
    3D! Sun 19th Dec 2.30, Mon 20th Dec 5.35pm

    Swindon Cineworld
    3D! Sun 19th Dec 5.30, Mon 20th Dec 2.30

    Taunton Odeon
    3D! Mon 20th Dec 5:15

    Thurrock Vue
    (not 3D) Sun 19th Dec 12:15, Tues 21st Dec 6.10

    Tunbridge Wells Odeon
    3D! Tues 21st Dec 5:15

    Weymouth Cineworld
    3D! Sun 19th Dec 11.30am , Mon 20th Dec 2.30pm

    Yeovil Cineworld
    3D! Mon 20th Dec 5.30 , Sun 19th Dec 8.30pm

    SUBTITLED TRAILERS!
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    Shows added when announced. Most cinemas – including all 3D and digital-equipped cinemas – can screen this film with subtitles. Please ask cinemas to screen it!

    ___________________________________

    Burlesque subtitled (12a) 1 hour 58 mins

    Musical drama starring Christina Aguilera and Cher. Ali is a small-town girl who heads to LA to follow her dreams. When she lands a job as a waitress at The Burlesque Lounge, an ailing theatre, Ali vows to perform there one day. With the help of a quick-witted stage manager and an androgynous host, Ali makes it from the bar to the stage and – with her spectacular voice – returns The Burlesque Lounge to its former glory.

    London & surround:

    Finchley North Lido N12 Vue
    Sun 19th Dec 3:20, Tues 21st Dec 6:05

    Harrow HA1 Vue
    Sun 19th Dec 2:40, Tues 21st Dec 7:45

    Holloway N7 Odeon
    Sun 19th Dec 12:00, Tues 21st Dec 6:10

    Islington N1 Vue
    Sun 19th Dec 3:00, Tues 21st Dec 8:15pm

    Wimbledon SW19 Odoen
    Sat 18th Dec 12:20, Sun 19th Dec 12:20 , Tues 21st Dec 5:45 , Wed 22nd Dec 5:45 , Thurs 23rd Dec 8:50pm , Fri 17th Dec 3:00

    UK:

    Accrington Vue
    Sun 19th Dec 1:00, Tues 21st Dec 6:00

    Bath Odeon
    Fri 17th Dec 3:00, Mon 20th Dec 5:50

    Belfast Odeon Victoria Square BT1
    Tues 21st Dec 3:10

    Bolton Vue
    Sun 19th Dec 3:10, Tues 21st Dec 8:20pm

    Bury The Rock Vue
    Sun 19th Dec 12:40, Tues 21st Dec 5:15

    Chesterfield Derbyshire Cineworld
    Thurs 23rd Dec 5.50pm

    Crawley West Sussex Cineworld
    Sun 19th Dec 2.55, Mon 20th Dec 8.40pm

    Derby Showcase
    Sun 19th Dec 1:25pm, Tues 21st Dec 7:10

    Dublin Parnell Street D1 Cineworld
    Sat 18th Dec 10.10am

    Dublin – Blanchardstown D15 UCI
    Sat 18th Dec 12:20, Mon 20th Dec 3:20, Wed 22nd Dec 8:45pm

    Dundee Odeon
    Wed 22nd Dec 1:00, Thurs 23rd Dec 3:25

    Edinburgh Wester Hailes Odeon
    Mon 20th Dec 3:00, Tues 21st Dec 5:30 , Thurs 23rd Dec 8:00pm

    Glasgow Parkhead Cineworld
    Sun 19th Dec 2:55, Mon 20th Dec 5:50

    Glasgow Braehead Odeon
    Tues 21st Dec 6:30

    Glasgow Springfield Quay Odeon
    Sat 18th Dec 11:15am, Sun 19th Dec 11:15am, Tues 21st Dec 11:15am

    Huddersfield Odeon
    Sun 19th Dec 12:00, Tues 21st Dec 5:50

    Liverpool ONE Odeon
    Sun 19th Dec 12:30, Tues 21st Dec 3:10

    Manchester Lowry Vue
    Sun 19th Dec 3:35, Tues 21st Dec 6:20

    Maidenhead Odeon
    Sun 19th Dec 12:00, Mon 20th Dec 3:00 , Tues 21st Dec 5:45

    Merthyr Tydfil Vue
    Sun 19th Dec 1:20, Mon 20th Dec 6:35

    Newbury Vue
    Tues 21st Dec 8:05pm

    Newcastle Under Lyme Vue
    Sun 19th Dec 3:15, Tues 21st Dec 6:00

    Nuneaton Odeon
    Sun 19th Dec 3:30, Sun 19th Dec 8:30pm, Tues 21st Dec 3:30, Tues 21st Dec 8:30pm

    Oxford Odeon
    Fri 17th Dec 6:00, Sun 19th Dec 8:45pm, Mon 20th Dec 12:30

    Preston Odeon
    Sun 19th Dec 11:45am, Mon 20th Dec 11:45am, Tues 21st Dec 11:45am

    Rochester Kent Cineworld
    Mon 20th Dec 12.30pm

    Southport Vue
    Sun 19th Dec 12:30, Tues 21st Dec 8:40pm

    Tamworth Odeon
    Sun 19th Dec 12:00, Mon 20th Dec 6:00 , Tues 21st Dec 3:00

    Taunton Odeon
    Sun 19th Dec 5:45, Tues 21st Dec 3:00

    Warrington Odeon
    Sun 19th Dec 12:00, Mon 20th Dec 12:00

    Wrexham Odeon
    Mon 20th Dec 6:00

    SUBTITLED TRAILERS!
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    Shows added when announced. Most cinemas – including all 3D and digital-equipped cinemas – can screen this film with subtitles. Please ask cinemas to screen it!

    ___________________________________

    Megamind subtitled (PG) 1 hour 35 mins

    (3D where indicated). Fantastic Dreamworks animation. Will Ferrell stars as Megamind, the world’s most brilliant super villain. However, Megamind hasn’t had too much success. Every time he tries to take over Metro City, a caped super hero known as Metro Man (Brad Pitt) manages to stop him. When yet another evil plan goes wrong, Megamind actually kills Metro Man and a new villain arrives to take over the city. Now it’s up to Megamind to use all his powers to try and save the day. Whether he can, is anybody’s guess.

    London & surround:

    Barnet Odeon EN5
    3D! Thurs 16th Dec 6:00, Sun 19th Dec 1:30

    Enfield EN1 Cineworld
    3D! Sun 19th, Mon 20th Dec 3.00pm

    Feltham TW13 Cineworld
    3D! Sun 19th Dec 4.10 , Mon 20th Dec 6.35pm

    Finchley Road NW3 Vue
    (not 3D) Sun 19th Dec 12:45

    Greenwich SE10 Cineworld
    3D! Sun 19th Dec 1.20 , Mon 20th Dec 6.00pm

    Greenwich (O2) SE10 Greenwich
    (and not 3D) Sat 18th Dec 12:40 , Sun 19th Dec 12:40

    Hatfield Odeon
    3D! Thurs 16th Dec 1:30

    Shaftesbury Ave W1 Cineworld
    3D! Tues 21st Dec 11.20am

    Uxbridge UB8 Odeon
    3D! Thurs 16th Dec 7:15

    Wood Green N22 Vue
    3D! Sun 19th Dec 12:15

    UK:

    Aberdeen Queens Link Cineworld
    3D! Sun 19th, Tues 21st Dec 6.00pm

    Ashford Cineworld
    3D! Sun 19th Dec 2.35 , Mon 20th Dec 5.00pm

    Beckenham Odeon
    3D! Thurs 16th Dec 7:00

    Bexleyheath DA6 Cineworld
    3D! Sun 19th, Mon 20th Dec 11.45am

    Boldon Cineworld
    3D!Sun 19th Dec 11.25am, Mon 20th Dec 4.05pm

    Bolton Cineworld
    3D! Thurs 16th Dec 6.00pm

    Bradford Cineworld
    3D! Sun 19th Dec 3.20 , Mon 20th, Thurs 23rd Dec 7.50pm

    Brighton Cineworld
    3D! Sun 19th, Thurs 23rd Dec 7.10pm

    Bristol Longwell Green Vue
    (not 3D) Sun 19th Dec 2:10, Tues 21st Dec 7:20

    Burton On Trent Cineworld
    3D! Sun 19th Dec 2.20, Mon 20th Dec 7.10pm

    Bury St. Edmunds Cineworld
    3D! Mon 20th Dec 3.30pm

    Camberley Vue
    (not 3D) Sun 19th Dec 12:20, Tues 21st Dec 7:20

    Cardiff Odeon
    (not 3D) Sun 19th Dec 6:55

    Cardiff Cineworld
    3D! Sun 19th Dec 11.30am , Mon 20th Dec 3.50pm

    Cardiff Vue
    (not 3D) Sun 19th Dec 2:40

    Castleford Cineworld
    3D! Sun 19th, Mon 20th Dec 11.40am

    Chichester West Sussex Cineworld
    3D! Thurs 16th Dec 4.50, Mon 20th Dec 8.00pm

    Crawley West Sussex Cineworld
    3D! Sun 19th Dec 12.15 , Mon 20th Dec 2.25pm

    Cwmbran Vue
    (not 3D) Sun 19th Dec 1:50

    Derby Odeon
    (not 3D) Thurs 16th Dec 5:30

    Eastbourne Cineworld
    3D! Sun 19th Dec 10.45am, Tues 21st Dec 5.15pm

    Eastleigh Vue
    (not 3D) Sun 19th Dec 2:10, Tues 21st Dec 6:50

    East Kilbride Odeon
    (not 3D) Sun 19th Dec 11:20am, Mon 20th Dec 6:30 , Tues 21st Dec 1:40

    Edinburgh Filmhouse
    (not 3D) Sun Jan 2nd 1.00

    Edinburgh Cineworld
    3D! Sun 19th, Thurs 23rd Dec 1.40pm

    Edinburgh Ocean Terminal Vue
    (not 3D) Sun 19th Dec 09:30am , Mon 20th Dec 7:15

    Exeter Vue
    (not 3D) Sun 19th Dec 12:30

    Feltham TW13 Cineworld
    3D! Sun 19th Dec 4.10 , Mon 20th Dec 6.35pm

    Gerrards Cross, Bucks Odeon
    3D! Sun 12th Dec 1:00 , Thurs 16th Dec 6:00

    Gloucester Cineworld
    3D! Thurs 16th Dec 1.30pm

    Guildford Odeon
    (not 3D) Mon 20th Dec 10:30am, Thurs 23rd Dec 10:30am

    Hamilton Vue
    (not 3D) Sun 19th Dec 12:20, Tues 21st Dec 7:00

    Hatfield Odeon
    3D! Thurs 16th Dec 1:30

    Haverhill Cineworld
    3D! Sun 19th, Mon 20th Dec 12.15pm

    High Wycombe Cineworld
    3D! Sun 19th Dec 7.00 , Mon 20th Dec 9.20pm

    Ilford Cineworld
    3D! Sun 19th Dec 12.00pm

    Ipswich Cineworld
    3D! Sat 18th Dec 2.00 , Tues 21st Dec 6.15pm

    Jersey Cineworld
    3D! Mon 20th Dec 1.15pm

    Kettering Odeon
    3D! Sun 19th Dec 10:10am, Tues 21st Dec 10:10am, Thurs 23rd Dec 10:10am

    Middlesbrough Cineworld
    3D! Sun 19th Dec 3.50 , Tues 21st Dec 6.20pm

    Milton Keynes Cineworld
    3D! Mon 20th Dec 6.40 , Sun 19th Dec 9.35pm

    Newbury Vue
    (not 3D) Sun 19th Dec 2:30

    Newport Gwent, Wales, Cineworld
    3D! Sun 19th Dec 11.50am

    Nottingham Cineworld
    3D! Sun 19th Dec 1.00, Mon 20th Dec 5.40pm

    Oxford Odeon
    3D! Thurs 16th Dec 9:15pm , Fri 17th Dec 2:00 , Tues 21st Dec 7:00
    (and not 3D) Sat 18th Dec 11:45am

    Oxford Vue
    (not 3D) Sun 19th Dec 12:30

    Preston Vue
    (not 3D) Sun 19th Dec 2:50, Tues 21st Dec 7:10

    Reading Vue
    (not 3D) Sun 19th Dec 1:15, Tues 21st Dec 6:15

    Rochdale Odeon
    (not 3D) Sun 19th Dec 1:00, Mon 20th Dec 3:20, Tues 21st Dec 3:20

    Rochester Kent Cineworld
    3D! Thurs 16th Dec 12.10pm

    Rugby Cineworld
    3D! Mon 20th Dec 1.15pm

    Stevenage Cineworld
    3D! Mon 20th Dec 12.25, Sun 19th Dec 7.35pm

    St Helens Cineworld
    3D! Thurs 16th Dec 5.30pm

    Swansea Vue
    Sun 19th Dec 2.45, Tues 21st Dec 7.25

    Wakefield West Yorks. Cineworld
    3D! Sun 19th Dec 11.40am

    Weston Super Mare Odeon
    3D! Thurs 16th Dec 1:15 , Sun 19th Dec 10:55am, Tues 21st Dec 10:55am

    Weymouth Cineworld
    3D! Tues 21st Dec 3.00pm

    Worcester Vue
    (not 3D) Sun 19th Dec 3:40

    Wrexham Odeon
    (not 3D) Sun 19th Dec 10:45am

    SUBTITLED TRAILERS!
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    Shows added when announced. Most cinemas – including all 3D and digital-equipped cinemas – can screen this film with subtitles. Please ask cinemas to screen it!

    ___________________________________

    The Chronicles of Narnia : The Voyage of the Dawn Treader subtitled (PG) 1 hour 55 mins

    The eagerly-awaited latest instalment from the Chronicles of Narnia series finds Edmund, Lucy Peve, Eustace, King Caspian, and a warrior mouse named Reepicheep on a mission to save Narnia itself. As the voyagers set out on their quest, they journey to mysterious islands, encounter magical creatures and confront evil enemies before becoming reunited with the Great Lion, Aslan.

    3D where indicated.

    London & surround:

    Barnet EN5 Odeon
    3D! Thurs 23rd Dec 5:00

    Bayswater W2 Odeon
    3D! Sun 19th Dec 2:00, Tues 21st Dec 2:00, 5:00

    Hatfield Odeon
    3D! Thurs 16th Dec 1:50 , Sat 18th Dec 11:00am

    Muswell Hill N10 Odeon
    (not 3D) Wed 22nd Dec 4:00

    Shaftesbury Ave W1 Cineworld
    3D! Sun 19th Dec 12.30 , Mon 20th Dec 3.15pm

    Surrey Quays SE16 Odeon
    3D! Thurs 16th Dec 2:50

    Staples Corner NW2 Cineworld
    3D! Mon 20th Dec 2.45pm

    Swiss Cottage NW3 Odeon
    (not 3D) Thurs 23rd Dec 11:40am

    Wandsworth SW18 Cineworld
    3D! Sun 19th Dec 3.40 , Mon 20th Dec 6.40pm

    West India Quay E14 Cineworld
    3D! Sat 18th Dec 2.00 , Tues 21st Dec 4.50pm

    Westfield W12 Vue
    Tues 21st Dec 6:50

    Weymouth Cineworld
    3D! Mon 20th Dec 12.00pm

    Wimbledon SW19 Odeon
    3D! Sat 18th Dec 12:40 , Sun 19th Dec 12:40 , Tues 21st Dec 6:30 , Wed 22nd Dec 6:30 , Thurs 23rd Dec 9:20pm, Fri 17th Dec 3:20

    UK:

    Aberdeen Queens Link Cineworld
    3D! Sun 19th Dec 11.10am, Mon 20th Dec 4.40pm

    Aberdeen Union Sq Cineworld
    3D! Sat 18th Dec 11.30am , Tues 21st Dec 5.10pm

    Ashford Cineworld
    3D! Sun 19th Dec 1.10 , Mon 20th Dec 6.25pm

    Ashton Under Lyne Cineworld
    3D! Sun 19th Dec 12.50 , Mon 20th Dec 5.55pm

    Aylesbury Odeon
    3D! Sun 19th Dec 11:30am, Tues 21st Dec 5:00 , Thurs 23rd Dec 7:45

    Barnstaple Devon EX31 Central Cinema
    (not 3D) Tues 21st Dec 5.00, Thurs 23rd Dec 7.30

    Bath Odeon
    (not 3D) Thurs 16th Dec 3:50

    Belfast Odeon Victoria Square BT1
    Sun 19th Dec 11:30

    Bexleyheath DA6 Cineworld
    3D! Sun 19th Dec 11.00am

    Birmingham Vue
    (not 3D) Sun 19th Dec 1.50, Tues 21st Dec 7:05

    Birmingham Cineworld
    3D! D! Sun 19th Dec 12.00 , Mon 20th Dec 5.30pm

    Bracknell Odeon
    (not 3D) Sun 19th Dec 10:45am, Mon 20th Dec 7:45

    Braintree Essex Cineworld
    3D! Sun 19th Dec 2.40 , Mon 20th Dec 5.10pm

    Brighton Cineworld
    3D! Thurs 23rd Dec 2.00 , Sun 19th Dec 5.00pm

    Bromborough Odeon
    3D! Thurs 16th Dec 7:30 , Sun 19th Dec 5:00, Wed 22nd Dec 5:00, Thurs 23rd Dec 8:00

    Burton On Trent Cineworld
    3D! Sun 19th Dec 1.00 , Mon 20th Dec 9.00pm

    Bury St. Edmunds Cineworld
    3D! Mon 20th Dec 6.20pm

    Cambridge Cineworld
    3D! Mon 20th Dec 5.55, Thurs 23rd Dec 5.55

    Canterbury Odeon
    (not 3D) Mon 20th Dec 3:45 , Tues 21st Dec 1:15

    Carlisle Vue
    (not 3D) Sun 19th Dec 5:10, Tues 21st Dec 8:00

    Chatham Odeon
    (not 3D) Tues 21st Dec 5:15, Thurs 23rd Dec 5:15

    Cheltenham Cineworld
    3D! Mon 20th Dec 6.20pm

    Chelmsford Odeon
    3D! Sun 19th Dec 11:00am

    Chichester West Sussex Cineworld
    3D! Sun 19th Dec 11.00am

    Coventry Odeon
    3D! Thurs 16th Dec 7:30

    Crawley West Sussex Cineworld
    3D! Thurs 23rd Dec 5.15 , Mon 20th Dec 8.00pm

    Dagenham Vue
    (not 3D) Sun 19th Dec 1:10, Tues 21st Dec 6:30

    Didcot Oxford Cineworld
    3D! Mon 20th Dec 4.00pm

    Didsbury Manchester Cineworld
    3D! Sun 19th Dec 2.10 , Mon 20th Dec 5.00pm

    Edinburgh Lothian Odeon
    (not 3D) Mon 20th Dec 2:10 , Tues 21st Dec 5:00 , Tues 21st Dec 8:10pm, Wed 22nd Dec 5:00 , Thurs 23rd Dec 5:00

    Edinburgh Omni Vue
    (not 3D) Sun 19th Dec 3:15, Tues 21st Dec 6:00

    Gerrards Cross, Bucks Odeon
    3D! Mon 20th Dec 1:30

    Guildford Odeon
    (not 3D) Thurs 16th Dec 6:30

    Hatfield Odeon
    3D! Thurs 16th Dec 1:50 , Sat 18th Dec 11:00am

    Haverhill Cineworld
    3D! Mon 20th Dec 5.15pm

    Huddersfield Odeon
    3D! Sun 19th Dec 9:00pm

    Huntingdon Cineworld
    3D! Mon 20th Dec 5.25pm

    Ilford Cineworld
    3D! Sun 19th Dec 11.10am

    Jersey Cineworld
    3D! Thurs 23rd Dec 3.30pm

    Kettering Odeon
    3D! Thurs 16th Dec 1:45

    Leeds Kirkstall Vue
    (not 3D) Sun 19th Dec 1:00, Tues 21st Dec 6:30

    Leicester Vue
    (not 3D) Sun 19th Dec 1:00, Tues 21st Dec 6:30

    Liverpool ONE Odeon
    3D! Mon 20th Dec 11:15am, Tues 21st Dec 11:15am, Thurs 23rd Dec 11:15am,

    Livingston Vue
    (not 3D) Sun 19th Dec 3:10, Tues 21st Dec 8:30pm

    Lisburn Omniplex
    (not 3D) Wed 22nd Dec 6.45

    Luton Bedfordshire Cineworld
    3D! Sun 19th Dec 11.40am, Mon 20th Dec 2.20pm

    Lyme Regis Dorset, Regent (Scott cinemas)
    Thurs 23rd Dec 4.55

    Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire, Torch Theatre
    (not 3D) Sun 19th Dec 5.00 & Tues 21st Dec 7.00

    Milton Keynes Cineworld
    3D! Thurs 23rd Dec 8.10pm

    Newcastle Empire
    Tues 21st Dec 5.40

    Northampton Vue
    (not 3D) Sun 19th Dec 12:10, Tues 21st Dec 8:10pm

    Norwich Vue
    (not 3D) Sun 19th Dec 12:10, Tues 21st Dec 8:15pm

    Norwich Odeon
    (not 3D) Sat 18th Dec 11:30am, Sun 19th Dec 2:15, Mon 20th Dec 5:15 , Tues 21st Dec 8:00pm, Thurs 23rd Dec 8:00pm

    Peterborough Showcase
    Sun 19th Dec 2.40pm, Tues 21st Dec 5.25

    Portsmouth Vue
    (not 3D) Sun 19th Dec 3:10

    Plymouth Vue
    Wed 22nd Dec 6:00

    Rugby Cineworld
    3D! Thurs 23rd Dec 6.15pm

    Runcorn Cineworld
    3D! Thurs 16th Dec 6.00, Sun 19th Dec 12.30pm

    Scunthorpe Vue
    (not 3D) Sun 19th Dec 2:30, Tues 21st Dec 7:40

    Sheffield Odeon
    3D! Sun 19th Dec 5:50 , Tues 21st Dec 5:50

    Shrewsbury Cineworld
    3D! Sun 19th Dec 2.45, Mon 20th Dec 8.15pm

    Solihull Cineworld
    3D! Sun 19th Dec 10.40am , Mon 20th Dec 3.50pm

    Southend Odeon
    3D! Sun 19th Dec 11:00am

    Stevenage Cineworld
    3D! Sun 19th Dec 1.50 , Mon 20th Dec 7.30pm

    Stirling Vue
    (not 3D) Sun 19th Dec 12:40, Tues 21st Dec 8:40pm

    Swansea Odeon
    (not 3D) Sun 19th Dec 9:30pm, Mon 20th Dec 9:30pm

    Tunbridge Wells Odeon
    3D! Fri 17th Dec 10:30am, Sun 19th Dec 10:30am

    Thanet Vue
    (not 3D) Sun 19th Dec 4:30, Tues 21st Dec 7:20

    Wolverhampton Cineworld
    3D! Thurs 23rd Dec 1.50, 7.15pm

    Worcester Odeon
    3D! Sun 19th Dec 11:00am, Tues 21st Dec 11:00am

    York City Screen
    Fri 17th Dec 12.30, Tues 21st Dec 8.30pm

    SUBTITLED TRAILERS!
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    Shows added when announced. Most cinemas – including all 3D and digital-equipped cinemas – can screen this film with subtitles. Please ask cinemas to screen it!

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    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (part 1) subtitled (12a) 2 hour 25 mins

    One of the most eagerly anticipated film events of all time – the first part of the final adventure for Harry and his friends. Harry and Hermione set out to destroy the secret to Voldemort’s immortality – the Horcruxes. But Dark Forces are at work which threaten to tear them apart. Now Harry must find the Horcruxes before Voldemort finds him. But in his search the young wizard uncovers the legend of the Deathly Hallows, which could give Voldemort the ultimate power he seeks…

    London & surround:

    Acton W3 Vue
    Sun 19th Dec 2:40, Tues 21st Dec 6.00

    Camden NW1 Odeon
    Sun 19th Dec 8:15pm , Mon 20th Dec 1:15

    Croydon Grants Vue
    Sun 19th Dec 1:00, Tues 21st Dec 8:00pm

    Croydon Purley Way Vue
    Sun 19th Dec 1:35, Tues 21st Dec 7:55

    Fulham SW6 Vue
    Sun 19th Dec 1:05, Tues 21st Dec 7:35

    Greenwich SE10 Odeon
    Thurs 16th Dec 9:00pm, Sat 18th Dec 11:15am, Sun 19th Dec 11:15am, Mon 20th Dec 5:45 , Tues 21st Dec 5:45

    Leicester Square WC2 Odeon
    Thurs 16th Dec 4:45 , Fri 17th Dec 1:15

    Marble Arch WC2 Odeon
    Sun 19th Dec 1:50 , Tues 21st Dec 5:10

    Muswell Hill N10 Odeon
    Sun 19th Dec 1:00, Tues 21st Dec 1:00

    Shepherds Bush W12 Vue
    Sun 19th Dec 2:50, Tues 21st Dec 6:00

    Staines TW18 Vue
    Sun 19th Dec 4:40, Tues 21st Dec 8:10pm

    Surrey Quays SE16 Odeon
    Mon 20th Dec 12:40 , Tues 21st Dec 4:20 , Thurs 23rd Dec 12:40

    Watford Vue
    Sun 19th Dec 1:10, Tues 21st Dec 7:40

    West End WC2 Odoen
    Thurs 23rd Dec 4:45

    Westfield W12 Vue
    Sun 19th Dec 12:40

    UK:

    Aberdeen Vue
    Sun 19th Dec 1:30, Tues 21st Dec 7:45

    Aylesbury Odeon
    Thurs 16th Dec 7:45

    Barnstaple Devon Central
    Thurs 16th Dec 6.00

    Basingstoke Vue
    Sun 19th Dec 1:40, Tues 21st Dec 8:20pm

    Bath Odeon
    Fri 17th Dec 4:50

    Bexleyheath DA6 Cineworld
    Sun 19th, Mon 20th Dec 11.30am

    Birkenhead Vue
    Sun 19th Dec 2:00, Tues 21st Dec 8:20pm

    Birmingham Vue
    Sun 19th Dec 3.45, Tues 21st Dec 7:00

    Blackburn Vue
    Sun 19th Dec 2:10, Tues 21st Dec 8:45pm

    Bradford Cineworld
    Thurs 16th Dec 6.05pm

    Brighton Cineworld
    Thurs 16th Dec 5.10pm

    Bristol Cribbs Vue
    Sun 19th Dec 1:50, Tues 21st Dec 8:10pm

    Cardiff Odeon
    Mon 20th, Tues 21st Dec 9:25pm

    Chatham Odeon
    Sun 19th Dec 11:10am

    Cheshire Oaks Vue
    Sun 19th Dec 1:35, Tues 21st Dec 8:15pm

    Chesterfield Derbyshire Cineworld
    Thurs 16th Dec 5.45pm

    Cleethorpes Parkway
    Sat 18th Dec 10.40am

    Derby Odeon
    Fri 17th Dec 4:00 , Sat 18th Dec 12:30 , Sun 19th Dec 12:30 , Mon 20th Dec 4:00 , Tues 21st Dec 4:00 , Wed 22nd Dec 12:30 , Thurs 23rd Dec 12:30

    Doncaster Vue
    Sun 19th Dec 12:00, Tues 21st Dec 6:20

    Dundee Odeon
    Thurs 16th Dec 8:10pm

    Edinburgh Lothian Road Odeon
    Thurs 23rd Dec 7:30

    Eastbourne Cineworld
    Sun 19th Dec 10.45am, Tues 21st Dec 5.15pm

    Edinburgh Wester Hailes Odeon
    Thurs 16th Dec 8:00pm

    Exeter Vue
    Tues 21st Dec 8:15pm

    Exeter Odeon
    Sat 18th Dec 10:30am, Tues 21st Dec 10:30am

    Exeter Picturehouse
    Please enquire at cinema – may cancel!

    Gerrards Cross Odeon
    Thurs 16th Dec 8:10pm

    Guildford Odeon
    Fri 17th Dec 3:00, Tues 21st Dec 8:30pm

    Hartlepool Vue
    Sun 19th Dec 1:30, Tues 21st Dec 7:50

    Hebden Bridge, Yorks Calderdale Picture House
    Sun 19th Dec 4:00

    Huddersfield Odeon
    Thurs 16th Dec 3:45

    Hull Odeon
    Sun 19th Dec 7:00, Mon 20th Dec 3:45

    Inverness Vue
    Sun 19th Dec 12:30, Tues 21st Dec 7:00

    Ipswich Cineworld
    Sun 19th, Mon 20th Dec 5.00pm

    Isle of Wight Newport, Cineworld
    Sun 19th Dec 1.50, Mon 20th Dec 5.00pm

    Lancaster Vue
    Sun 19th Dec 1:40, Tues 21st Dec 7:45

    Liverpool ONE Odeon
    Mon 20th Dec 3:15, Tues 21st Dec 6:30

    Luton Bedfordshire Cineworld
    Sun 19th Dec 10.30am, Mon 20th Dec 1.50pm

    Manchester Trafford Odeon
    Sat 18th Dec 11:20am, Sun 19th Dec 4:30 , Mon 20th Dec 4:30 , Tues 21st Dec 4:30

    Milton Keynes Odeon
    Thurs 16th Dec 8:00pm, Sun 19th Dec 7:45 , Tues 21st Dec 4:15

    Newcastle Metrocentre Odeon
    Fri 17th Dec cancelled, now: Tues 21st Dec 4:50

    Oxford Odeon
    Thurs 16th Dec 5:45

    Plymouth Vue
    Sun 19th Dec 2:00

    Salisbury Odeon
    Thurs 16th Dec 8:15pm

    Sheffield Odeon
    Sun 19th Dec 4:50 , Tues 21st Dec 4:50

    Sheffield Vue
    Sun 19th Dec 12:00, Tues 21st Dec 6:20

    Southampton Odeon
    Sun 19th Dec 12:30 , Tues 21st Dec 4:30

    Stoke on Trent Odeon
    Please enquire at cinema – some shows may cancel

    Telford Odeon
    Sun 19th Dec 11:45am, Mon 20th Dec 7:15 , Tues 21st Dec 3:30

    Wallsend Tyne & Wear Odeon
    Sun 19th Dec 12:00 , Tues 21st Dec 12:00

    Watford Vue
    Sun 19th Dec 1:10, Tues 21st Dec 7:40

    Wrexham Odeon
    Wed 22nd Dec 4:45 , Thurs 23rd Dec 4:45

    Yeovil Cineworld
    Sun 19th Dec 2.25 , Mon 20th Dec 5.40pm

    York Vue
    Sun 19th Dec 2:25, Tues 21st Dec 8:35pm

    SUBTITLED TRAILERS!
    http://www.yourlocalcinema.com/subtitled.trailers.html

    Shows added when announced. Most cinemas – including all 3D and digital-equipped cinemas – can screen this film with subtitles. Please ask cinemas to screen it!

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    Unstoppable subtitled (12a)

    Action adventure from director Tony Scott. Denzel Washington stars as a veteran train engineer who, along with a young conductor, faces a race against the clock to stop a runaway train before it destroys a town. ****Four stars! Empire

    London & surround:

    Uxbridge UB8 Odeon
    Thurs 16th Dec 9:30pm

    West End WC3 Vue
    Sun 19th Dec 12:30, Tues 21st Dec 8:00pm

    Wimbledon SW18 Odeon
    Thurs 16th Dec 9:10pm

    UK:

    Blackpool Odeon
    Mon 20th Dec 9:00pm

    Cleveleys Vue
    Sun 19th Dec 5:40, Tues 21st Dec 8:00pm

    Edinburgh Lothian Road Odeon
    Thurs 16th Dec 8:00pm

    Glasgow Braehead Odeon
    Thurs 16th Dec 6:10

    Guildford Odeon
    Thurs 16th Dec 9:15pm

    LeedscLight Vue
    Thurs 16th Dec 8:20pm , Sun 19th Dec 2:10, Tues 21st Dec 7:00

    Liverpool Odeon Switch Island
    Sun 19th Dec 11:30am, Tues 21st Dec 11:30am

    Manchester Trafford ODeon
    Sun 19th Dec 7:00, Mon 20th Dec 7:00

    Oxford Vue
    Tues 21st Dec 8:15pm

    Worcester Vue
    Tues 21st Dec 8:40pm

    Wrexham Odeon
    Thurs 16th Dec 6:45

    SUBTITLED TRAILERS!
    http://www.yourlocalcinema.com/subtitled.trailers.html

    Shows added when announced. Most cinemas – including all 3D and digital-equipped cinemas – can screen this film with subtitles. Please ask cinemas to screen it!

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    The Tourist subtitled (12a) 1 hour 43 mins

    Thriller. Johnny Depp stars as American tourist Frank, who travels to Venice to mend his broken heart. However, he unexpectedly finds himself in a flirtatious encounter with Elise (Angelina Jolie) who deliberately crosses his path. Little does Frank realise that this is all part of a much bigger plan, one which will find the pair thrust into a deadly game of cat and mouse. But, the faster Frank and Elise run, the more intense their romance grows

    Cleethorpes Parkway
    Tues 21st Dec 6.00

    SUBTITLED TRAILERS!
    http://www.yourlocalcinema.com/subtitled.trailers.html

    Most cinemas – including all 3D and digital-equipped cinemas – can screen this film with subtitles. Please ask cinemas to screen it!

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    The American subtitled (15) 1 hour 45 mins

    Tense thriller directed by Anton Corbijn and starring George Clooney as Jack, a professional assassin who is forced to hide out in the Italian countryside, where he takes on a quiet assignment to construct a weapon for a mysterious contact. As Jack becomes accustomed to his new peaceful life, he befriends a local priest and embarks on a passionate romance with a beautiful woman. But in stepping out of the shadows, Jack begins to attract attention and tempt fate.

    Finchley Road London NW3 Vue
    Tues 21st Dec 7:50

    Inverness Eden Court Theatre
    Sat 18th Dec 5.30

    Wolverhampton Light House cinema
    Sun 19th Dec 7.45, and Tue 21st Dec 5.50pm & 8.15pm

    SUBTITLED TRAILERS!
    http://www.yourlocalcinema.com/subtitled.trailers.html

    Most cinemas – including all 3D and digital-equipped cinemas – can screen this film with subtitles. Please ask cinemas to screen it!

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    Due Date subtitled (15) 1 hour 35 mins

    Comedy starring Robert Downey Jr, Zach Galifianakis. Peter (Downey) is hurrying to catch a flight in time for the birth of his first child. But on the way he meets aspiring actor, Ethan (Galifianakis), who persuades him to hitch a ride instead. And so the duo end up on an outrageous cross-country road trip, which destroys several cars, and leaves Peter a nervous wreck. ****Four stars! Total Film

    CwmbranVue
    Tues 21st Dec 8:20pm

    Romford Vue
    Tues 21st Dec 8:25pm

    SUBTITLED TRAILERS!
    http://www.yourlocalcinema.com/subtitled.trailers.html

    Most cinemas – including all 3D and digital-equipped cinemas – can screen this film with subtitles. Please ask cinemas to screen it!

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    Another Year subtitled (12a) 2 hours 10 mins

    Drama starring Jim Broadbent, Imelda Staunton. Directed by Mike Leigh. Set over four seasons, the film follows the lives of a happily married couple, Gerri and Tom, and their son Joe, a 30-year-old lawyer. As the year unfolds, Gerri and Tom help out friends and family who are going through tough times. Full of love and warmth, joy and sadness, ‘Another Year’ is a bittersweet film about family and friendship, hope and despair. *****Five stars! Empire

    Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire, Torch Theatre
    Tues 28th Dec 7.30pm

    SUBTITLED TRAILERS!
    http://www.yourlocalcinema.com/subtitled.trailers.html

    Most cinemas – including all 3D and digital-equipped cinemas – can screen this film with subtitles. Please ask cinemas to screen it!

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    Legend of the Guardians subtitled (PG) 1 hour 37 mins

    The film follows Soren, a young owl enthralled by his father’s epic stories of the Guardians of Ga’ Hoole; a mythical band of winged warriors who fought a great battle to defend all of owlkind from the evil Pure Ones.

    Leicester Square WC2 Odeon
    3D! Wed 22nd Dec 3:45

    SUBTITLED TRAILERS!
    http://www.yourlocalcinema.com/subtitled.trailers.html

    Most cinemas – including all 3D and digital-equipped cinemas – can screen this film with subtitles. Please ask cinemas to screen it!

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    Inception subtitled (12a) 2 hours 28 mins

    Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight) directs a psychological action thriller starring Leonardo DiCaprio as Dom Cobb, a thief who is able to extract valuable secrets from people’s sub-conscious as they dream. “Five stars! Empire

    Leicester Square WC2 Odeon
    Tues 21st Dec 1:40

    SUBTITLED TRAILERS!
    http://www.yourlocalcinema.com/subtitled.trailers.html

    Most cinemas – including all 3D and digital-equipped cinemas – can screen this film with subtitles. Please ask cinemas to screen it!

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    Cats and Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore subtitled
    (U) 1 hour 22 mins (3D where indicated)

    Fun comedy adventure that combines live action with state-of-the-art puppetry and computer animation about the age-old battle between cats and dogs.

    Glasgow GTF
    Sat 8th Jan 11.30am

    SUBTITLED TRAILERS!
    http://www.yourlocalcinema.com/subtitled.trailers.html

    Most cinemas – including all 3D and digital-equipped cinemas – can screen this film with subtitles. Please ask cinemas to screen it!

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    Toy Story 3 subtitled in 3D! (U) 1 hour 48 mins

    Woody, Buzz and the gang return to the big screen. As Andy prepares to leave for college, the toys find themselves in daycare, and at the mercy of untrained tots who play rough. Now they need to plan their great escape, and joining them are a bunch of brand new characters. ***** Five stars! Empire “A kids movie for grown-ups. A grown-up movie for kids. Exactly what you’d expect and hope for”

    Stevenage Cineworld
    (not 3D) Sat 18th Dec 10.10am

    SUBTITLED TRAILERS!
    http://www.yourlocalcinema.com/subtitled.trailers.html

    Most cinemas – including all 3D and digital-equipped cinemas – can screen this film with subtitles. Please ask cinemas to screen it!

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    Red subtitled (12a) 1 hour 40 mins

    All action comedy based on the cult D.C. Comics graphic novels, ‘Red’ stars Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich and Helen Mirren as former CIA agents. When the agents find themselves the target of government assassins, they must use all their skills to keep one step ahead and stay alive.

    Cardiff Vue
    Tues 21st Dec 7.25

    SUBTITLED TRAILERS!
    http://www.yourlocalcinema.com/subtitled.trailers.html

    Most cinemas – including all 3D and digital-equipped cinemas – can screen this film with subtitles. Please ask cinemas to screen it!

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    Disney’s A Christmas Carol subtitled – in digital 3D! (PG) 1 hour 36 mins

    Disney adventure. Ebenezer Scrooge (Jim Carrey) begins the Christmas holiday with his usual miserly contempt, barking at his faithful clerk (Gary Oldman) and his cheery nephew (Colin Firth). But when the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come take him on an eye-opening journey revealing truths Old Scrooge is reluctant to face, he must open his heart to undo years of ill will before it’s too late.

    Romford Vue
    (not 3D) Sun 19th Dec 1:30

    SUBTITLED TRAILERS!
    http://www.yourlocalcinema.com/subtitled.trailers.html

    Most cinemas – including all 3D and digital-equipped cinemas – can screen this film with subtitles. Please ask cinemas to screen it!

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    It’s a Wonderful Life subtitled (U) 131 mins

    A classic Christmas favourite starring Hollywood legends James Stewart and Donna Reed. An angel helps a compassionate but despairing businessman by showing him what life would have been like if he had never existed.

    Notting Hill W11 Electric cinema
    Mon 20th Dec 3.00

    Manchester Cornerhouse cinema
    Fri 17th Dec 6:00, Wed 22nd Dec 3:45

    Most cinemas – including all 3D and digital-equipped cinemas – can screen this film with subtitles. Please ask cinemas to screen it!

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    Subtitled and audio described (narrated) cinema enables people with hearing or sight loss to enjoy film presented in its original and best form – the cinema. The award-winning, industry-supported ‘Your Local Cinema .com’ website & information service exists to create nationwide awareness of – and build audiences for – subtitled & audio described films & shows.

    Cinema subtitles, displayed along the bottom of the screen, include the spoken text as well as descriptions of sounds such as ‘door creaks’, ‘footsteps approaching’, ‘gunshot’.

    “I enjoyed A Christmas Carol a lot. I can hear well with my digital hearing aids, compared to many deaf people I know, but the unfamiliar, oldie-style Dickensian words would have been lost on me without subtitles.”

    Cinema audio description is a recorded narration, delivered through wireless headphones, which explains, during gaps in the dialogue, what is happening on screen.

    “The cinema audio description experience is like listening to a Harry Potter audio book, but with all the actors voicing their own parts and with the addition of the film’s complete soundtrack – delivered in fabulous surround sound”

    It’s the accessible cinema experience: SEE the dialogue! HEAR the action!

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    In recent years, the progress made in the field of cinema access has been fantastic.

    It is estimated that about nine million people in the UK have some level of hearing loss – one in seven of the population. Each year around 800 children are born in the UK with significant hearing loss while more than 700,000 people, including 34,000 children and young people, are severely or profoundly deaf. Some two million have significant sight loss and every day another 100 people start to lose their sight.

    Before 2000, the only way people with severe hearing loss could enjoy cinema was to watch a foreign-language film. And people with severe sight loss would never dream of visiting a cinema.

    Today people with any level of hearing or sight loss can enjoy the popular social activity of a trip to the cinema.

    Most UK cinemas, including all 3D and digitally- equipped sites, now have subtitle facilities, and more than 300 can broadcast an audio described soundtrack (a compatible infra-red system and wireless headphones are required to broadcast an audio described soundtrack).

    UK distributors ensure that most popular releases – including 3D films – are available in both subtitled and audio described versions. Every week exhibitors screen more than 500 English-language subtitled shows nationwide, and thousands more audio described performances.

    For people with hearing or sight loss, cinema is not the out of bounds social activity of the past, but is now a very accessible, welcoming, exciting, day or night out with family or friends.

    Please contact digitally-equipped cinemas in your area and request that they utilise the built in subtitle features of digital projectors!

    Note: as with DVD releases, the film needs to have a subtitle track included for it to be broadcast. These days almost all popular releases are now released digitally, with a subtitle track.

    Although most popular cinema releases are available with subtitles, not all ‘subtitle’ equipped cinemas show all available films. And many shows are at unsuitable times. Why? And what can we do about it?

    The larger film distributors – Warner Bros., Disney etc. – aim to ensure that 100% of their titles are accessible, but many smaller distributors still fail to add subtitle & audio description tracks to their releases. Ideally, every distributor that has had a film in the top 100 box office films should ensure that their major cinema releases (at least) are accessible.

    All film distributors usually ensure that a DVD release of a film is subtitled. Producing the subtitles a few months earlier would ensure that the cinema release was subtitled too! Please contact film distributors and request that their films are subtitled in time for cinema release. Details here:
    http://www.independentcinemaoffice.org.uk/distributors.html
    and http://www.launchingfilms.com/links/index.php

    Many people that would like to attend subtitled shows still cannot do so as often as they would like – there’s simply not enough choice of showing dates & times. Every week two or three films are released with subtitles, but most cinemas that regularly utilise their subtitle facilities show only one film a week. Two shows of that film are the average – one weekend daytime and one mid week evening show.

    All digital-equipped sites have subtitle facilities, and most popular releases now include a subtitle track in the digital film file. Making regular use of the built-in subtitle features of digital systems could almost double the amount of UK cinemas that regularly screen subtitled shows. There are more than 700 cinemas in the UK and it is planned that most will be digital by 2012.

    Please contact digital-equipped cinemas in your area and request that they utilise the built-in subtitle facilities of their digital projectors!

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    A selection of quotes and reports from people with hearing or sight loss who have discovered – or rediscovered – the joys of cinema-going, thanks to subtitles and audio description:

    “Have you ever tried to lip-read a masked super hero or villain? Or an animated rat, fish, car or robot? Without subtitles we just watch the pictures and guess the story”

    “I enjoyed A Christmas Carol a lot. I can hear well with my digital hearing aids, compared to many deaf people I know, but the unfamiliar, oldie-style Dickensian words would have been lost on me without subtitles.”

    “My profoundly deaf mother had given up trying to lip-read movie stars years ago. At a subtitled show her eyes flickered into life. Two glorious hours and finally my mother and I have rekindled our cinema habit. She is now in her seventies, I’m approaching my forties. It May have been some time coming, but damn was it worth it! ”

    “My Granddad was a big film fan Ð Dad too Ð and I grew up with books and magazines on films and cinema in general. But being deaf, thanks to meningitis, I could never get the full cinema experience. My Granddad, also very deaf due to his advancing years, used to say it was better for people like us a hundred years ago when silent films were around as they had caption cards on the screen! I missed out on many films at the cinema, which I have since watched with subtitles on DVD. I believe that if my Granddad was alive today he’d be joining my Dad and me on our regular trips to the movies because captioned cinema has returned! ”

    “I know quite a few people who, like me, have become disabled in the prime of their lives. I served in Iraq, came home last year with permanent damage to my hearing. I can still enjoy music, it’s just not as clear as it used to be. I find I now read a lot of song lyrics! Never really bothered before. Same with films. I can still enjoy them with a little ‘assistance’. In this case, subtitles. I only go to the cinema now if the film is subtitled. Thankfully most are these days.”

    “The cinema audio description experience is like listening to a Harry Potter audio book, but with all the actors voicing their own parts and with the addition of the film’s complete soundtrack Ð delivered in fabulous surround sound”

    “After losing most of my sight four years ago I gave up on cinema – only to discover audio description some months later. I’ve since watched many more films. Watching ‘Avatar’ I felt just like one of the crowd, reacting with amazement just like the other people in the cinema. I actually felt like I had my vision back.”

    “I have lost my sight. You think I can’t enjoy the cinema? Imagine the scariest film you know, only SCARIER! ”

    “Audio described cinema is wonderful, not just because it allows me to enjoy movies but to discuss them with sighted friends afterwards. Through cinema audio description, I have been able to follow up the recommendation of a friend who gushed about the beauty of the visuals in Volver. Conversely, I have been able to return the favour by plugging the striking images in The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. It doesn’t matter that I couldn’t ‘see’ them Ð the description was so vivid that I can still imagine Brad Pitt shooting into the ice, causing a puff of smoke to rise, or Casey Affleck in a rocking chair. When accompanying sighted friends, I can enjoy the car chase in Casino Royale and the decapitation by helicopter blade in 28 Weeks Later, relying on my memories of being a sighted gorehound.”

    More here: http://www.yourlocalcinema.com/quote.html
    Complaints? Praise? Add your own quote or report!

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    Remember folks! With ageing, loss of some hearing or sight is inevitable. Access to film via subtitles and audio description is something that we may all appreciate eventually…

    END.

  8. Couple of comments:

    Tim …. there has been no legal action. However, we have been contacted by Board members, including the Chair of one Board to let us known that a certain CEO was trying to get support to launch legal action. We would have welcomed legal action because the facts would then have to be put on thetable for all to see. Unfortunately it never happened.

    Dean from the UK … We know. The cinemas here are taking us all for mugs. Unfortunately our representatives are all bark but no bite and letting the Cinemas walk all over them. “Pick your battles” they say or cry fear that the cinemas willl withdraw all support. We say let the cinemas try and see the backlash that happens. Unfortunately our representative organisations have no backbone and in some cases are more interested inprotecting their status quo.

    Originally we took the risk of rejecting what the cinemas were offering qand succeeded.. something like .003% access. Someone needs to stand up and continue to hold the cinemas to account.

    Mark, name the elephant. Over zealous ambition, flogging ones own busniness interest, trying to get a cinema accessible near ones own home and bugger the rest of Australia, income to be generated by the Auslan for Employment Scheme to the detriment of long term gain …. you name it it is all there. It is, in many cases, simply disgusting.

    Mr Kelly, Often the dissent is not ours. The dissent belongs to people such as yourself.. People who forget the real reason why organisations like Vicdeaf exist, that is to serve the Deaf community. People who forget that they are accountable to the Deaf community and not the other way around. People who make small voluntary run organisations who survive on many thousands of dollars of labour provided voluntarily by committed people justify support. Support which is less than 1 percent of total budgets of big organisations but up to 20% of the mall organisation that survives on the committment of its volunteers. Small organisations that are punished for making progress! Big organisations that are for Deaf people .. the very people who ESTABLISHED these large organosations and the very people these large organisations are suppposed to SERVE. The large organisations need to REMEMBER why they are there and WHY when they go home tonight they have food on the table and a roof over their heads!!

    Nuff said!!

  9. So sad to see the Rebuttal close. I’m hoping that something else will pop up to take its place. Perhaps another blog? In a social media site like Facebook? A chat forum? Whilst I didn’t always agree with the views of others, I nonetheless was provided with differing viewppoints which is so important.

    Contrats to the team over at Rebuttal Towers for putting it all together these 4 years and bearing the brunt of all these attacks and expressions of dissatisfaction.

    Vale ‘Butt.

    RIP.

  10. To all of you in Oz fighting for captioned cinema .. Take a look at the long post from Dean that shows what is available in the UK and also the response from very wrong Paul … Theere is somethinghere in Oz .. something very wrong!

  11. Gary, I can’t believe The Rebuttal is to fade away. Can’t you find someone to take it over. I can understand Dean’s conflict, but…
    It was a great little activist magazine.
    So sorry.

    Shirley Stott Despoja

  12. Hi Rebuttal’ers –

    It doesn’t surprise me that the ‘establishment’ was angling for your demise – and I trust that the last post is a result of reasons other than this.

    Whilst we’d like to think we have a right to free speech, we do not actually have any such right in Australia. However – the more people hear about how freedom of expression is restricted, the more likely we might be to generate some awareness that this is an issue for us all to be concerned about.

    Keep well – and have a safe and happy festive season.

    Matt Brett

  13. I have gazed into my futuristic bowl and foresee the following occuring in 2011:

    I foresee mushroom clouds arising between at least two national organisations which the effect will spread far and wide.

    I foresee unhappy community faces. Something to do with the weakness of the four pillars.

    I foresee the common phrase…conflict of interest… being used frequently which sees certain people taking off their hats.

    I foresee the words merger, vertical integration, reviews, reform, frustration, integrity, accountability as being the key topics for this year.

    I foresee community, culture and services not entwined into one like a rope. The rope appears unravelling in which one strand appears to be more thicker and stronger than the other. The smaller strands appears to be in resistance.

    My bowl is becoming murky now and this can only define what the year will be.

    I do however foresee some big announcements and recognition.

    I also see people faces reflecting on the past – what appears to be looking for peace, fairness and happiness. I see the word truth often raised here.

    My futuristic bowl is swirling now so this comes to an end. I must go now. Heed these messages my fellow Rebuttalians

    Whatever happens in 2011, you saw it here first.

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