How easy is it to read film descriptions?

andy rae

11 July 2017

Inspired by a workshop from Heather Maitland a few months ago, I wanted to examine how easy it is to read the descriptions that cinemas use on the films they show.

I’ve analysed the film descriptions for twelve independent UK cinemas and two chains, creating a dataset of 6,724 individual descriptions, with 595,075 words.

It’s worth noting that cinemas don’t always write these descriptions, but will use text provided by a distributor, otherwise borrowing from film festivals, media, and other venues to save time.

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