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A host of stars bring legendary movies to life

5th April 2016

Settling down with a tub of popcorn to enjoy a good movie is something that every young person enjoys. With lots of films now available with audio description, blind teens needn’t miss out.They can enjoy it even more by borrowing our new book, Lights! Camera! Action! which gives them the chance to explore the great white shark from Jaws, find out what Harry Potter looks like and experience the Plasticine magic of Wallace and Gromit.

Wallace and Gromit tactile image showing Wallace wearing robotic legs and Gromit falling off his chair.

The book has eleven tactile images and talks about everything from the birth of film, through horror, science fiction and coming-of-age movies, to World Cinema and the Best of British. There are also tracks on animation, Film Noir, and auteurs Hitchcock and Welles.

Safety last tactile image showing a man in a straw hat and suit hanging from the hands on a clock face high above a busy road.

We are particularly pleased to have been able to include two tactile images of Bond cars and a cast of characters and objects (Harry’s broomstick and the Golden Snitch) from the Harry Potter films. It all builds up to a comprehensive study of film told in short, entertaining tracks with added music and extracts of dialogue.

Bond car tactile image and black and white photograph showing James Bond actor Sean Connery standing beside a Austin Martin.

The audio is read by stars of film and TV including  Charlie Cox, Maxine Peake, Greg Wise, Luke Newberry, Craig Roberts and Ray Panthaki. Many of them also gave us exclusive interviews about working in the movie industry.

It was a particular pleasure to have Warwick Davies, who has been a major part of the Star Wars franchise, reading our science fiction section which includes a tactile from Star Wars IV: A New Hope and Hollywood legend, Beau Bridges, reading about Harold Lloyd and his amazing stunt work on films such as Safety Last!

Borrow Lights! Camera! Action! from our free postal library today and discover more about the fascinating world of the movies.

A mobile phone sitting on a wooden table top and wrapped in earphones displays the Living Paintings website.

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