Stop Ruining My Date Night! // Subtitled Cinema [CC]


Hello lovely people! Firstly, I am feeling much better yes, thank you for asking. If you don’t know what that’s about just watch my previous video. So, last night, my gorgeous wife and I wanted
to go to the cinema for a date night. She’s just started a new job and it’s all going
swimmingly and I have recovered from my migraine so, what better way to celebrate than with a romantic dinner and
a film? We both love eating, we both love films- who
doesn’t?! We checked the listings, lots of great films
on at the moment, at least three we’d both want to see. Then we narrowed it down to subtitled
films [crickets noise] hm. aha. oh no. That would be none of them. There weren’t even any foreign language films with
British subtitles! If you don’t already know yes I am actually deaf and do requere subtitles in a film. I know I don’t sound like I’m deaf but… I got a video about that too! The only subtitled performances this week are, wait for it: The Predator at 1pm on a Sunday. Exactly the
time I want to see a sifi/horror [sarcasm] The Nun at 1.20pm on Sunday. Again, Sunday
afternoon definitely my prime spot for supernatural horror films.
And… Amazing local art house cinema The Duke of
York playing American Animals at 6pm on Wednesday, so that already happened King of Thieves at 8:45pm on Sunday and The
BFG at 10.30am on Sunday. I mean claps for them Claps for them. Not helpful in this instance but claps for them And also thank you to yourlocalcinema.com
for compiling that information. Unfortunately not all the cinemas give the information and also unfortunately it didn’t fix our date night problem Unless you’ve looked for them
you probably won’t realise the times subtitled and captioned films are generally only shown at
times very inconvenient to those of us with jobs or… school. And there are largely
only one or two choices per week and there are films that would have been out for quite a while already I should also say I live in a city, a city! not a village in the middle of
nowhere! There are a number of cinemas here. It’s also hugely unlikely that you are able to find anywhere in it’s first week or even two weeks of release a captioned version of a new big blockbuster film. [Explosion sound effect] I mean obviously if it something like The Avengers or Fast and Furious
I’m going to be there The moment it comes out! Watching and waiting. I’m not going to understand what’s going on much at all… or you know, dialogue… But I really do enjoy just watching it. And then I’ll go a few weeks later to the actual captioned version and realise all the things that I missed. But it’s a kind of thoughtful, talky, family dramas… oh I love family dramas Who is with me? Or like some kind of talky oscar-bait type film Probably with a disabled person in but that is another video anyway Then I’m not really going to see it when it first comes out and I’m gonna wait for that captioned performance Because it’s so dull watching films that are based all around the dialogue and you don’t get the dialogue! I find this really sad because I don’t get to go to the cinema as much as I would like and I ruddy love the cinema! It’s one of my favourite things to do [Sights] I have a degree in film, I really ruddy love films.
[Loud noise] Uh I dropped that But I don’t get to go as much as I’d like and if I do with a group of my friends to like the new big release I don’t understand what is going on Even if they do. Of course, it isn’t only deaf or hard of
hearing people who benefit from captions or subtitles It’s also people who don’t have English
as a foreign language, those with processing difficulties, older people, someone who has attention
problems… I mean it’s a surprisingly large group of people Who would benefit from captions Cinema managers argue that there is “no
demand”. That people don’t come to the subtitled versions Well yes that is because they are on at 11am on a Tuesday And largely we all have given up going to the cinema because to the lack of showings! Shocker, deaf people do have jobs, and school and lives. If you only put subtitled versions on during the day of the week or really early morning on the weekends, can you really be surprised when people don’t come? Another excuse is that ‘hearing people don’t
want to see subtitles on the screen’. First off, that’s a major assumption. Many hearing
people watch Netflix, YouTube and social media videos that have subtitles and they love it. Most people keep their phones on silent anyway Secondly, films with subtitles are not unusable to hearing people They could go to that showing or they can go to the one before or the one after, or any other showing in that day or a different cinema in that city. Whereas deaf people have just that one they can go to . It’s about choices and offering choice Fun fact: cinemas in the UK must follow “The
Equality Act 2010” which stipulates that businesses must make reasonable adjustments
for people with disabilities, to allow them to use their product or service equally.
Quote from the Act: “The Equality Act 2010 covers all service
providers in all sectors, which means you must do what the equality law states in relation
to your staff training and awareness, operational functions, processes, information and facilities.
In order to do this, you may need to make some reasonable adjustments, which means possibly
changing the way things are done, *I love that it says that* aids and additional services and making changes
to overcome barriers created by the physical features of your premises” In relation to cinemas, they should put suitable
measures in place, for example regular subtitled showings or providing technology, such as
subtitle glasses to costumers to make their services accessible. Dear God I have never seen that offered to me Ever, I’ve been to many cinemas no one has ever offered me subtitle glasses. Please let me know if you’ve ever had subtitle glasses ever and how that worked out for you. I’m trying to imagine it. Long story short, I don’t think burying their subtitled
performances in time-slots no one wants to go to is exactly equal and fair… In the States there have already been new
regulations put in place thanks to the Americans with Disabilities Act Title III, this states that:
“public accommodations that own, operate or lease movie theaters are required to provide
closed movie captioning and audio description whenever showing a digital movie that is produced,
distributed or otherwise made available with these features.” Thus cinemas must now now advertise and offer
subtitles and/or closed captioning glasses to their D/deaf customers. Again, the glasses! Where are these glasses? Also since I’m in the UK I have no experience
of whether this is actually put in place so, American friends, please do let me know what is it like going to the cinema for you if you are a person who would actually benefit a lot from subtitles or captions. Back here in England though, it’s time for
change. Change.org [Laughs] I’m sorry that was awful, but I couldn’t help it. The always excellent Ellie Parfitt , who writes
as deafieblogger, and her friend Michelle Hedley [Change of pronunciation] Hedley Have started a petition on change.org
to convince cinemas that there need to be more subtitled showings. Ellie has contacted her local cinemas on numerous occasions but they will not pay attention. So much so she was even CC’d on an email chain with a big boss of a large chain cinema stating how much they did not have any interest in meeting with her. Professional. Ellie is campaigning for an increase in open
captioned showings- Open captions are ones that are always in
view and cannot be turned off like in the cinema Closed captions are the ones that the viewer can control and turn on and off like on this video. Hello! You are the one that wanted to get involved in this… Ellie wants at least one subtitled showing
of each film in each cinema every week. With the option of a smartphone app which streams
the subtitles as a back up Just a back up though, obviously I don’t spend the entire film
with my arm out or Doing this I’ve put the link to the petition in the
description below. [Whispering] Go sign it [Whispering] Please, thanks The most important thing to do though is to show
that there IS demand so, please do sign the petition but do also go and contact your local cinema. Via email, or Twitter, or Facebook or so on Ask them for more accessible showings at reasonable times because deaf people like date nights too! Feel free to drop in that you think they’re
not complying with the law if there are not accessible showings. Quote the darn act if you have to. Prod the cinemas, Embarrass the ones who are shamefully excluding hundreds of people from something that is easily accessible to the majority. Please also share this video and
the petition with your friends as well. It’s so important that cinemas know hearing people are not turned off by subtitles. And that they would happily come along and watch them surrounded by the cool deaf people Don’t let them use you as an excuse. Ellie is also encouraging everyone to share their experiences, good and bad, on social media. She asks that you tag the cinema and use the hashtag #subtitledcinema. Thank you for watching you wonderful
souls! Now, some more good news just before you go [Gasp] Uh! My merch wristbands will be available
from Monday! [Sparkling sound effect] There will be a post on the community tab so make sure you keep your eyes peeled for that. Also Kellgren-Fozard Club Members will get access one day early. If you want to join in with that then click the link down in the description
or hit the ‘Join’ button to find out more Thank you for joining the conversation about subtitled cinemas, for really making a difference and for being a wonderful human being! See you Monday!

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