Singapore Kindness Movement and Public Hygiene Council Releases New Cinema Etiquette Videos
From September, movie-goers will be encouraged to silence their mobile devices, not speak in the cinema and bin their trash.
The Singapore Kindness Movement (SKM) and Public Hygiene Council (PHC) will release three new cinema etiquette videos (CEV) that advise movie-goers to silence their mobile devices, not speak in the cinema and bin their trash after the movie ends. The light-hearted videos aim to raise awareness and inculcate the social norm of being more considerate to the people around you, especially in public spaces.
The videos will be screened for two years from September 2019 to August 2021 at major cinema operators that include Cathay Cineplexes, FilmGarde Cineplexes, Golden Village Multiplex and Shaw Theatres.
“Our cinema experience is not just about the movie, but how we conduct ourselves during and after the movie. Through the videos, we are reminding each other to be considerate in keeping to good cinema etiquette. By being considerate we make the movie experience more enjoyable for others and for ourselves. This is another step to being a greater society,” said Dr. William Wan, General Secretary of the Singapore Kindness Movement.
The new videos will succeed the previous CEV created by SKM and PHC that featured SKM’s notable duo, Ben & Bang. The previous video was screened from July 2017 to June 2019 and was watched more than 30 million times. The light-hearted video conveyed messages of graciousness and kindness to fellow movie-goers so that movies could be better enjoyed.
“Cleaning up after ourselves by binning our trash is not a revolutionary or complicated task. A simple act like this goes a long way in keeping our public spaces clean. Binning our trash once the movie is over is another gracious step we can take to keep the cinema clean for others and reduce reliance on cleaners,” commented Mr. Tony S Tan, Executive Director of the Public Hygiene Council.
“We have noticed a drop in the amount of litter collected after movie screenings in the past two years since the screening of the Ben & Bang CEV. Our cleaners now spend less time clearing the halls after movies. In addition, our cleaners have commented that movie-goers have made their jobs easier by throwing their trash directly into the bins stationed near the exits,” remarked Ms. Delphina Chua, Operations Manager of Golden Village Multiplex.
“Cathay Cineplexes has been using static visuals on screen before the start of a movie as a reminder for patrons to be respectful of cinema etiquette such as cleaning up after themselves, putting their phones on silent and refraining from talking during the movie. We hope that the new series of CEVs which addresses the various behaviours in a light-hearted way will continue to serve as a reminder and encourage our patrons to do their part to ensure an enjoyable movie-going experience for all,” said a Cathay Cineplexes spokesperson.
Each video is 15 seconds long and show the protagonists engaging in behaviour such as constant messaging on their phone, non-stop talking, and tossing items haphazardly. However, when it comes to watching a movie in the cinema, the protagonists stop doing these things so that those around them can have an enjoyable experience.
You can watch the video here.
About Singapore Kindness Movement
Kindness is in everyone. The Singapore Kindness Movement (SKM) wants to encourage everyone to start, show and share kindness. We aspire to inspire graciousness – one kind act at a time. By sparing a thought for the people around us, we hope to create a gracious society, and make life better for you and me. SKM is a non-government, non-profit organisation, as well as a registered charity and Institution of Public Character.
About Public Hygiene Council
The Public Hygiene Council (PHC) was formed to encourage greater partnership in support of public hygiene. The Council, comprising representatives from multiple sectors, will help to strengthen and better coordinate these efforts to lead and take ownership in galvanising community and industry efforts to improve the cleanliness and hygiene standards in Singapore. The Council will also complement government’s efforts in maintaining high standards of cleanliness and hygiene.