Archive for August, 2009


By L ( Elizabeth ) Lawes, on 19 August 2009

FourDocsFourDocs is part of the Channel 4 website and is a library of full length documentaries put together to represent some of the best filmmaking of the past century. The extensive archive of films available on the site includes examples of classic 1920s and ’30s British documentary and Free Cinema of the 1950s, alongside more recent documentary filmmaking. Films include Mike Figgis & Jeremy Deller’s Battle of Orgreave,  John Grierson’s The Drifters, London by Patrick Keiller, films by Humphrey Jennings, Lindsay Anderson, John Schlesinger, Nick Broomfield and many more.

The site also features an Archive Timeline of documentary filmmaking.

Theatre in Video

By L ( Elizabeth ) Lawes, on 4 August 2009

Theatre in VideoUCL Library now has a subscription for the Theatre in Video database. This resource contains more than 100 definitive performances of the world’s leading plays, together with more than 60 film documentaries, in streaming video, dating from the 1930s onwards.  Included are the BBC complete works of Shakespeare, as well as works by Ibsen, Beckett, Pinter and many others. Productions can be searched, or browsed by person, genre, company etc. Users can bookmark specific scenes, monologues and staging.

Access Theatre in Video via Metalib.