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Audio-described film screenings at QUT Museum

American actor Frank Langella on the set of Dracula, based on the play by Hamilton Deane, and directed by John Badham. (Photo by Universal Pictures/The Mirisch Corporation/Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images)

QUT (Queensland University of Technology) has opened its Art Museum for two audio described screenings aimed at audiences who are blind or with low vision.

The first movie is the iconic 1979 horror film Dracula directed by John Badham. “In this stylish retelling of the classic dark romantic novel by Bram Stoker and its 1924 stage adaptation, Frank Langella gives an electrifying performance as the bloodthirsty Count who travels to England in 1913 in search of an immortal bride. This film is rated 18 plus.”

The list is completed with the classic American thriller The Night of the Hunter, directed by Charles Laughton in 1955 and starring Robert Mitchum, Shelley Winters and Lillian Gish. “The story follows a corrupt religious fanatic turned serial killer who seduces an unsuspecting widow whilst in pursuit of $10,000 hidden by her executed husband. Based on the 1953 novel of the same title by Davis Grubb and drawing on a true story, this chilling movie is known for its lyrical and expressionistic style.”

Audio description is the description of visual information, narrated between gaps in the dialogue and accessible to people who are blind or have low vision.

For this film screening, the live audio description is provided by Vivienne Abitia, an experienced actor and voice work artist who delivers live audio description for the Queensland Performing Arts Centre through Vision Australia, as well as other organisations and events.

Dracula: audio described film screening
QUT Art Museum: QUT Gardens Point Campus, O Block Room 412
Friday, 7 February: 6.30-8.30PM
Free, bookings essential

The Night of the Hunter: audio described film screening
QUT Art Museum: QUT Gardens Point Campus, O Block Room 412
Saturday, 15 February: 2.00-3.45PM
Free, bookings essential

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