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  Kids demand better movie subtitles
Updated 18 January 2003, 10.00

Two hearing impaired Press Packers have complained about how difficult it is for them to watch films at home or in the cinema. We decided to check it out.

We spoke to the British Deaf Association (BDA) about it. They told us that DVDs were a problem.

Fellowship of the Ring was criticised for having bad subtitles

Most DVDs do have subtitles, but they only show what actors say.

Proper subtitles for the hearing impaired describe all the important sounds you can hear, like gunshots which you can't see.

Cash boost

The good news is that the Film Council has just given 500,000 to improve cinemas for the disabled.

This means that special equipment to show subtitled films is being tested in 1 in 10 cinemas across the country.

The BDA told us that the best way to get more subtitled screenings is to ask for them.

Apparently, most cinemas would be happy to show subtitles, but haven't been asked.

They said that compared to a few years ago, the situation is brilliant, but there's still a long way to go.

Click on the links to the right to find out about special film showings in your area.



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