Park Circus and Filmhouse Edinburgh are delighted to announce the creation of a brand-new fully accessible 4K DCP of Paramount’s beloved 1946 Christmas classic, It’s A Wonderful Life, that will enable hearing impaired audiences across the UK to fully experience – thanks to subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing, along with audio description – this very special film this holiday season, marking 75 years since the film’s original release.
The title will be included in a special Christmas package from Park Circus which aims to support cinemas nationwide in inspiring audiences back to the big screen to enjoy their favourite festive classics this holiday season.
The money to create the fully accessible DCP was awarded to Filmhouse by the Garfield Weston Foundation, which supports organisations that ‘delight and inspire audiences across the UK and support the nation’s cultural life’.
Rod White, Head of Programming at Filmhouse, said: “We were so delighted to be awarded these funds by the Garfield Weston Foundation to increase accessibility and inclusivity on our cinemas offerings, and we thought what better use of the money than to create these access files for a film that remains so incredibly popular and important for audiences year after year - a perfect legacy for the funds”.
Mark Hirzberger-Taylor, CEO of Park Circus said “We are honoured to represent thousands of films on behalf of our studio partners and are always striving to find ways to bring them to as many audiences as possible. So when our friends at Filmhouse came to us with this idea of making this festive favourite more accessible, we were delighted to work with them to make this new version – what better way to mark this very special film’s 75th anniversary”.
The fully accessible version of It’s a Wonderful Life will start screening at Edinburgh and Belmont Filmhouse throughout December and is now available to cinemas nationwide and internationally to book for the holiday season. All cinemas will be provided with a package of marketing assets, including a beautiful updated trailer and poster.