In his writing, John Hull always sought to bring blind and sighted people closer together. In building on John’s work, Notes on Blindness aims to be an inclusive and rewarding experience for all audiences. Below are some of the ways to experience the film in cinemas and at home if you’re blind, partially sighted, or hard of hearing.
For blind and partially sighted audiences
Notes on Blindness is available with four soundtrack options:
• The standard version is the original film soundtrack with no extra description or sound effects.
• The audio-described versions use a spoken description to relate what’s happening outside of the dialogue. You can choose between versions by audio-describer Louise Fryer and Tony-nominated actor Stephen Mangan.
• The enhanced soundtrack version uses more original narration from John and Marilyn to tell the story, along with extra sound design and music. It’s a version that evokes the action, rather providing a literal description.
Watch the comparison video, below, to decide which version you’d like to hear.
How to access the audio described and enhanced soundtracks
Audio description – in cinemas
To make sure you can use audio description at any cinema, we’ve partnered with MovieReading. This free app allows you to use your own smartphone and headphones to synch the film with your choice of soundtrack.
More information about the MovieReading app is available at www.rnib.org.uk/audio-description-app-getting-started
If you’re watching in the cinema but don’t have a smartphone, many cinemas will offer the audio-described version of the soundtrack via a wireless headset. We recommend you check with cinema staff in advance that a headset will be available for you.
Enhanced soundtrack – in cinemas
The enhanced soundtrack will be screened in selected cinemas alongside the standard version – see the screenings page for more details.
If you’re using an on-demand service such as Curzon Home Cinema or the BFI Player, you can use the MovieReading to choose which of the three soundtracks you’d like to play.
All three soundtracks will be options on the DVD, which is released on 24 October 2016.
Hard of hearing
For the hard of hearing Hard-of-hearing subtitles can be accessed in cinemas using the MovieReading app. There will also be selected hard-of-hearing screenings in cinemas. See the screenings page for more details.
Further details on our accessibility plans and impact campaign can be downloaded here.