Archive for the 'film' Category

New services at the British Library

By L ( Elizabeth ) Lawes, on 2 October 2012

British LibraryThe British Library is making available three new sound and moving image services in its Reading Rooms:

BBC Pilot Service
A trial service bringing together the BBC’s programme catalogue, Radio Times data and BBC television and radio programmes recorded off-air from mid-2007 to the end of 2011. There are approximately 2.2 million catalogue records and 190,000 playable programmes, both television and radio.

Broadcast News
This service provides access to daily television and radio news programmes from seventeen channels (fifteen TV, two radio) broadcast in the UK since May 2010, recorded off-air by the British Library.

TRILT (Television & Radio Index for Learning & Teaching)
TRILT is a database of all UK television and radio broadcasts since 2001 (and selectively back to 1995). It covers every channel, every broadcast and every repeat, some 15 million records so far and growing by a million per year.

More information here.


Black and White Movies

By L ( Elizabeth ) Lawes, on 25 September 2012

NosferatuBlack and White Movies is a website devoted to public domain classic films with expired copyright. Some are available for download and new films are added all the time. Genre sections on Western, Action, Comedy, Horror, etc.

Tarkovsky films available online

By L ( Elizabeth ) Lawes, on 28 September 2010

tarkovsky.jpgAndrei Tarkovsky’s seven feature films are now available to watch online at the Open Culture website. Open Culture has also compiled an extensive list of films available from other sources, including titles by Ken Loach, Frank Capra, Sergei Eisenstein, Fritz Lang and many more.


By L ( Elizabeth ) Lawes, on 4 November 2009

IndiemoviesonlineIndiemoviesonline.com is a new, fully licensed and legal video-on-demand site. Independent movies by directors including Lars von Trier, Peter Greenaway and David Cronenberg are screened free and uninterrupted via a high quality player.


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.

BFI National Archive Research Viewing Service

By L ( Elizabeth ) Lawes, on 28 May 2009

© BFIThe BFI National Archive of film and television contains more than 50,000 fiction films, over 100,000 non-fiction titles and around 625,000 television programmes. The archive covers every genre from silent newsreels to CinemaScope epics, from home movies to avant-garde experiments, from classic documentaries to vintage television, from advertisements to 3-D films, soap opera to football.

A selection of films are available to view in the BFI Mediatheque on the South Bank, but the Archive also runs a Research Viewing Service which allows access to rarer items in the collection. While not a free service, it is available to students at a 50% discounted rate of £6.25 + VAT per hour of running time for films and £5 + VAT for video and DVD.

The BFI on YouTube

By L ( Elizabeth ) Lawes, on 7 May 2009

The BFI on YouTube
The BFI YouTube channel features over 200 films from the archives. Films can be browsed individually or via playlists on topics such as London on film, sport in Britain, and Britain in the 1920s.

Over 1200 other complete films and TV programmes from the BFI National Archive can be viewed free of charge in the Mediatheque at BFI Southbank.

Doc Alliance Films

By L ( Elizabeth ) Lawes, on 7 May 2009

How to save a fish from drowning / dir. Kelly Neal, 2007. 12 mins.Doc Alliance Films is an EU supported project which emerged as a result of the co-operative effort of five key European documentary film festivals. The site features 250 documentaries, mostly from central and eastern Europe, available for streaming or download at various quality levels. 20 new films are added monthly. While not a free service, streaming costs from only €0.5 and download (up to DVD quality) from €1.5 – €5 depending on the length of the film.

Werner Herzog on YouTube

By L ( Elizabeth ) Lawes, on 24 April 2009

FitzcarraldoThere are eight films by Werner Herzog now available on YouTube, in their entirety. This is thanks to the video distributor Starzmedia, one of the companies participating in YouTube’s growing efforts to stream full-length films with the support of the movie companies who own the rights. The films available are Little Dieter needs to fly, My best friend, Aguirre the wrath of God, Fitzcarraldo, Lessons of darkness, Woyzeck, Even dwarfs started small, and The enigma of Kaspar Hauser.

Read more about Werner Herzog at Senses of Cinema.