Cinema Screens Accessible Session For Deaf Awareness Week

One of London’s favourite outdoor cinemas has partnered with Deaf Awareness Week to highlight the deaf cinematic experience…

Photo: Rooftop Film Club

To mark Deaf Awareness Week (May 2-8), Rooftop Film Club is hosting a night of putting on a series of accessible film sessions.

Films screening at both the Stratford and Peckham locations will be shown with open captions and will have people trained in British Sign Language on site to sign throughout the screening.

Signers will also be present at the box office, giving everyone a chance to fully enjoy the entire experience, from the beginning to end.

Non-deaf people are of course more than welcome to join, and are invited to wear  noise-cancelling headphones throughout to experience the film just as a deaf person would.

All profits from the first screening will be donated to Rooftop Film Club’s charity partner, Hearing Dogs for Deaf People, which trains dogs to provide love, companionship and emotional support while alerting deaf people to important and life-saving sounds.

The series kicks off on May 2 with BAFTA winning drama Belfast (screening at Bussey Building, Peckham), which tells the story of Buddy, a young boy on the cusp of adolescence whose innocent life is threatened by the growing unrest around him. With his beloved hometown caught up in increasing turmoil, Buddy’s family faces a momentous choice: hope the conflict will pass or leave everything they know behind for a new life.

The Peckham site will also have open caption sessions of cult classics Clueless on May 17 and Amelie on May 21.

Roof East in Stratford has an open captions session of Moulin Rouge! on May 12.

Film times vary and are just a guide, as films will start when the sun sets. Tickets start from £16.95.

Peckham: Bussey Building, 133 Rye Lane, Peckham SE15 4ST
Stratford: 7 & 8 Stratford Multi-Storey Car Park, Great Eastern Road E15 1BB

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