The force is even stronger with AD and CC

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Monday, 11 April 2016 10:18am

The latest film in the Star Wars universe, The Force Awakens, is now available for sale in iTunes with audio description (AD) and closed captions, so that this blockbuster movie can be enjoyed by more people of all abilities. It’s one of the latest in a growing list of movies available in Australia with AD.

Image of Star Wars: The Force Awakens from the official movie site gallery

This latest development in audio description comes three months after passionate accessible media advocate Phillip Chalker launched a petition calling on iTunes to provide more movies with Audio Description for people who are blind or vision impaired.

The Australian iTunes store introduced audio description for five Pixar movies in September last year. However, the number of AD films available at this popular online portal for Australian audiences has grown considerably since then, and particularly over the past two months.

As at April 2016, movies in the Australian iTunes store that feature AD are listed alphabetically below – presented within the categories found on iTunes:



Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip

Brave (For blind viewers)

Cars 2 (For blind viewers)

Despicable Me

Dr. Seuss' the Lorax

Finding Nemo (For blind viewers)

Inside Out (2015)

Up (For blind viewers)

Monsters Inc (For blind viewers)

Snoopy and Charlie Brown: The Peanuts Movie

The Good Dinosaur



Fantastic Four

Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

The 5th Wave

The Martian

The X-Files: I Want to Believe



Ant Man

Hitman: Agent 47

Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Terminator Genisys




Bridge of Spies

Far from the Madding Crowd


Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

Paper Towns

The Big Short

The Finest Hours (2016)

The Longest Ride

The Revenant

True Story




Daddy's Home



The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

The Wolf of Wall Street

Unfinished Business



Mistress America



Kingsman: The Secret Service


Find out more information on audio description in the arts on the Media Access Australia website.

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