Thursday, May 04, 2006

Cinema Watch week #2

Gosh, it's Thursday so time to look at the VUE cinema website to see if the Finchley Road cinema has got a) a decent film on with audio description or b) any film on at all.

I'm extremely surprised, though rather delighted, to report that my local cinema is showing '16 Blocks' with Audio Description from tomorrow.

What's going on? Have they been reading my blog? I barely even got into the stride of slagging them off! :)

Well, great, I'll be off to see it some time in the next seven days. I've got next week off work so I may even go alone while girlfriend toils in office.

I had mentioned in my last cinemawatch posting that I quite wanted to see 16 Blocks. Uh-oh, wait a second. On further inspection it's only on for a very limited period though. Why? Sun 16.40 Tues 19.10 . That's not all that good is it when you take into account the fact 8 out of every 10 films now receive the AD treatment. Where are the rest? Anyway, mustn't look a gift horse in the mouth must I. BE MORE GRATEFUL DAMON.

I'm gonna try a little experiment now ... ssshhhh ... hey I'd really like to see that Wal-Mart movie, or Enron or Davinci Code soon?

Lets have a look at other cinemas in London this week:

Acton - Sorry, no audio description or subtitled screenings this week. In other words: "we've got the equipment we just can't be arsed to switch it on"

Croydon, Grants - Sorry, no audio description or subtitled screenings this week.

Croydon, Purley Way - Sorry, no audio description or subtitled screenings this week.

Dagenham - Sorry, no audio description or subtitled screenings this week.

Fulham - Sorry, no audio description or subtitled screenings this week.

Harrow - Sorry, no audio description or subtitled screenings this week.

Islington - 16 Blocks. Sun 15.50 Tues 18.10 (just two performances, so at least I've got the choice between 16 Blocks and 16 Blocks this week in the north part of town)

North Finchley: Sorry, no audio description or subtitled screenings this week.

Shepherd's Bush - Sorry, no audio description or subtitled screenings this week.

Staines - Sorry, no audio description or subtitled screenings this week.

Thurrock - 16 Blocks. Sun 14.10 Tues 19.10

Watford - Sorry, no audio description or subtitled screenings this week.

West End - 16 Blocks. Sun 15.10 Tues 20.50. Why just twice? Why?



Jesus VUE ... wha'ts going on? This is appalling. All the above cinemas hav the equipment but have chosen not to show an AD film this week. And they complain no visually impaired people come along? That's cos you don't show anything! The above is London alone, metropolitan cool cinema-going London.

4 comments:

Katie said...

Why do you need to go to the cinema when you are supposed to be writing a novel, blind boy?

Katie said...

I reckon that they need disability awareness training!

You could write to the top people at VUE and tell them that, then remind them about your website Ouch by giving them the address and telling them to read it!

Damon said...

Katie the first, do you suggest I give up every form of entertainment or mind food in order to concentrate on my writing?

I've not touched chapter one since I handed it in early March.

Also you've still not told me what you thought of it ...!

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