eOne partners with Picturehouse Cinemas and The Light to bring upcoming movie Dungeons & Dragons: Honour Among Thieves to d/Deaf audiences across the UK ahead of release.
- Special public previews of the film, in the captioned format, will take place on Wednesday 29th March in 37 cinemas across the UK, ahead of the nationwide opening in cinemas & IMAX on 31st March.
- Staff at Picturehouse Cinemas and The Light will be offered training in British Sign Language (BSL) in preparation to them welcoming d/Deaf audiences as some of the first to see the film in the UK.
To celebrate the theatrical opening of Dungeons & Dragons: Honour Among Thieves in the UK, special previews of the film will take place in Picturehouse Cinemas and The Light across the country on Wednesday 29th March. The previews will be in the subtitled format allowing d/Deaf audiences access to the film earlier than would normally be possible. Picturehouse Cinemas and The Light will continue to offer captioned performances across the film’s opening weekend and throughout its run in cinemas.
Front of house staff across both cinema chains will be given the opportunity to participate in basic BSL training before the film is released, enabling them to give d/Deaf cinemagoers a warm welcome to the screenings. Lessons have been organized by with a qualified BSL teacher through British Charity Chloe & Sophie’s Special Ears Fund [CSSEF].
All tickets for Dungeons & Dragons: Honour Among Thieves, including those for all captioned previews and performances, will go on sale on Monday 13th March 2023.
Kezia Williams, Managing Director at eOne said: “ We’re delighted to be partnering with CSSEF, Picturehouse and The Light to give d/Deaf cinemagoers the chance to be some of the very first audiences in the UK to see Dungeons & Dragons: Honour Among Thieves. The film celebrates how it’s only a diverse group of adventurers that can overcome the many challenges thrown at them. In the same spirit, we’re excited to be playing our part in making the movie’s release in cinemas as welcoming and inclusive as possible. “
Karen Jackson from Chloe & Sophie’s Special Ears Fund [CSSEF] said “It's 2023, we need to wake up and realise that with over 11 million d/Deaf people in the UK, cinema just hasn't been accessible. Change needs to happen, and eOne have taken a bold step by previewing exclusively in caption format at 37 cinemas across the UK for the release of 'Dungeons and Dragons: Honour Among Thieves'. Changing the cinema experience for Deaf people is a huge passion of ours at CSSEF - with half of our charity team having previously worked for 30 years in the cinema industry - we are very excited for this change to be happening now. At long last, our worlds are merging together.”
Leah Byrne From Picturehouse said: "Picturehouse are thrilled to be working with eOne to provide subtitled previews of Dungeons and Dragons. We are both committed to making film accessible to everyone, and to ensuring that all D&D fans have the opportunity to enjoy this epic quest on the big screen in all its glory!"
Keith Pullinger from The Light said: “This is a partnership we are delighted to be part of. It is vitally important to us that our programme of film is accessible to everyone. We leapt at the chance to preview such a huge release in a captioned format - and being able to access BSL training for staff means that we can really enhance the experience for our guests who are d/Deaf. We hope this will be the first of many such exclusive events and thank eOne for giving The Light this opportunity.”
ABOUT THE FILM
Dungeons & Dragons: Honour Among Thieves features an all-star cast including Chris Pine (Star Trek, Don’t Worry Darling), Michelle Rodriguez ( The Fast Franchise), Rege-Jean Page (Bridgerton), Justice Smith (Detective Pikachu), Sophia Lillis ( It Chapters 1 and 2) and Hugh Grant (Paddington 2).
A charming thief and a band of unlikely adventurers undertake an epic heist to retrieve a lost relic, but things go dangerously awry when they run afoul of the wrong people. Dungeons & Dragons: Honour Among Thieves brings the rich world and playful spirit of the legendary role-playing game to the big screen in a hilarious and action-packed adventure.
Dungeons & Dragons: Honour Among Thieves is released in UK & Irish cinemas on March 31, 2023. eOne is releasing the film in the UK and Ireland whilst Paramount are handling worldwide distribution.
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