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Audio Description

Screen Machine currently offers Audio Description for most titles. It is our long-term intention to be able to offer this on every film showing in Screen Machine. Below is all the information you need if you would like to use this service.

What is Audio Description?

Audio Description provides specialised narration of what’s happening on screen for partially-sighted or blind people. The user wears a set of headphones that plays an additional track with these descriptions in between dialogue, while still being able to hear the film’s main soundtrack through the cinema’s speakers. If you are not a user of Audio Description, then please be assured that it won’t impact on your viewing experience at all.

What films currently offer Audio Description?

You can watch the following films with Audio Description:

  • Belfast
  • Operation Mincemeat
  • The Hermit of Treig
  • The Worse Person in the World
  • Sonic the Hedgehog 2

Why is it not available for all films?

We rely on a film’s distributor to make Audio Description available, and unfortunately they are not yet doing this for every film. However, it is more likely for a film to have an Audio Description track than not, and it is our long-term intention to offer this service for every film we show.

How will I know if a film has Audio Description?

Apart from listing the films on this page, we will highlight its availability on posters, Mailchimps, and on social media.

Due to the nature of when and how we receive a film for the first time, we often don’t know if Audio Description is available right before its first screening. This means we might not be able to advertise it on posters for a film’s first few locations, but we will update Mailchimps and social media once we know. If you attend one of these screenings but aren’t sure if Audio Description is available, please ask the operator, and they will be able to help you.

How do I listen to Audio Description on Screen Machine?

There are three options available to you:

  1. You can use one of our four sets of wireless headphones that connect directly to our system.
  2. If you have a hearing aid with a T setting then we can connect it to our system using one of our two neck loops.
  3. You can bring you own set of wired headphones for us to plug in via standard aux jack. We do this by using one of the two neck loops.

While all three of these options are available to you, we would recommend the first if possible.

It is not necessary for you to contact us ahead of time. When you arrive, please speak to the operator and they will sort you out with your preferred option.