3. Methodology

Contact a Family 15th Anniversary event at Chapter, Cardiff. Image © Noel Dacey
Contact a Family 15th Anniversary event at Chapter, Cardiff. Image © Noel Dacey

The research was conducted between June and September 2015, using the following methods:
 

- Questionnaire to venues

- Researcher visits to Contact a Family screening events (3 in total)

- Interviews with venues (10 in total, conducted either 1:1 or via telephone)

- Interviews with families (12 in total, conducted either 1:1 or via telephone)

- Interviews with other organisations (4 in total, conducted either 1:1 or via telephone)
 

Questionnaire

A questionnaire was sent out to all Film Hub Wales members as part of a parallel piece of FHW education research, and three questions were added to this questionnaire, regarding screening provision for disabled children and their families. The delivery of a more detailed questionnaire was discussed with Film Hub Wales and Contact A Family, but as Film Hub members were already being asked to complete a lengthy questionnaire for the other piece of research, it was decided to add three questions to the existing one. 
 

The three questions were:

Q1. Do you currently offer special film events catering to disabled children and their families?

Q2. Would you consider offering such screenings?

Q3. If yes, would you be interested in speaking about this matter to a researcher?
 

37 members responded to the questions, of which 15 identified as being either a mixed-use venue (eg. theatre, arts centre) or an independent cinema. The remaining respondents identified as being either a community cinema, a film festival or a film society. These were discounted because they did not provide screenings on a regular (at least once a week), year round basis.
 

This left a total of 28 venues that screened films on a regular basis. Of these, a further 10 were discounted because they did not offer regular (at least once a week) cinema screenings.
 

This left 18 venues from around Wales that ran regular screenings. The results of their responses were as follows:
 

1. Do you currently offer special screenings catering to disabled children and their families?

Yes - 7

No - 9

Don’t know - 2
 

Of the 11 venues that replied No or Don’t Know to Q1, all of them said that they would be prepared to offer such screenings (Q2).
 

The researcher contacted these 18 venues for follow-up interviews, of which ten replied and were interviewed. These venues represented a broad spectrum of small and large venues, from both rural and urban areas around Wales.


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