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Descriptive subtitles for Deaf and Hard of Hearing audiences 

Descriptive subtitles incorporate all the spoken dialogue of a film as well as text labels describing any dramatically relevant information, otherwise contained only in the soundtrack (including music and sound effects). Descriptive subtitles attempt to facilitate an experience equivalent to those who are able to enjoy films without them.

The following screenings will feature descriptive subtitles. Additional screenings may feature descriptive subtitles as we work with filmmakers to offer the provision.  


Wheelchair access 

All festival venues are wheelchair accessible (see details for each venue below).  

Barbican – Cinema 1 is accessible via the Silk Street entrance to the Barbican Centre via lift. Two boxes at the rear of the auditorium each have space for one wheelchair user and a companion. Please book early and ask for these seats.

Bertha Dochouse – There is a lift and step-free access to the screen, with 1 wheelchair space in the cinema.   

China Exchange: China Exchange has step free access from Gerrard St. There is a lift and wheelchair accessible toilets on each floor.  

Close-Up Cinema – There is wheelchair access and 1 wheelchair space in the cinema.  

Curzon Soho – All floors and screens are accessible by lift and there are currently spaces for wheelchair users in Screens 1 and 3.   

Genesis – There is wheelchair access to the Foyer, Gallery, Café, Kiosk, Screens 2 and 3, Studio 4 and Studio 5. Screen 1, Bar Paragon and The Kitchen are accessible with the use of a wheelchair stair climber (maximum load: 150kg). Please call Genesis in advance to check which screen your film is playing in, or for more information.  

ICA – Cinema 1 and Cinema 2 are accessible via ramp. There is space for 2 wheelchairs in each cinema. Please let the ICA know about any accessibility requirements at the time of booking as they may need to adjust the seats in advance. Both cinemas are fitted with induction loops for those wearing hearing aids. 

LUX – The LUX building is fully wheelchair accessible and there are wheelchair accessible toilet facilities. 

Rich Mix – The main entrance can be accessed via a ramp on Bethnal Green Road. Once inside, lifts provide access to all gallery/performance spaces and all three cinema screens, each of which has wheelchair bays.  

Tate Modern – All events in the Starr Cinema have a step-free access route available, space for wheelchairs and a hearing loop. Works screened as part of the Starr Cinema programme will be captioned.