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Friday thoughts: Film

By Hazel M Ingrey, on 19 June 2020

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Teaching with film, radio or broadcast TV is something we are often asked about.  The complex copyright implications of working with audio-visual material is an evergreen subject, as is how to find material to show in the classroom or provide for students to watch at home.  One easy solution is to find viewing materials on BoB (Box of Broadcasts), a service which ties in with UCL’s ERA licence, and works well with ReadingLists@UCL (UCL ID and login needed).


Some related reading and watching, then, for the weekend:

  • Dr Julie Lobalzo Wright (University of Warwick) has curated a BoB playlist entitled ‘Stars, Stardom and Representation’.  Watch an introduction to the playlist (1 minutes 22 seconds), or view the playlist itself (login needed). Other playlists are available to browse or search in BoB’s Teaching Resources.  If you see a gap in the subjects why not co-produce your own playlist with BoB?  UCL has a lot of expertise in niche areas that could be inviting. Contact Learning on Screen to contribute a playlist.
  • Of course anyone can create a playlist on BoB: from academics compiling a list of documentaries for a reading list, to teaching staff creating clips from comedy to show in the classroom, to students gathering resources to watch later.  If you choose to mark your playlist ‘public’ then it will be searchable to other BoB users: similarly, you are able to search all available playlists created by other subscribing BoB members.
  • For a weekend read, dip into Learning on Screen’s most recent Viewfinder magazine on the theme of Decolonising (Issue 114).
  • A post over on the UCL Copyright blog covered an update to accessing BoB from overseas during the Covid-19 emergency, when some students may have returned home.  Read the post Covid-19 update: Box of Broadcasts for more information.


Finally, looking to the future: to help make it easier to teach with AV materials in future, Learning on Screen is working with the brilliant UK Copyright Literacy and academic staff to develop a ‘Code of Fair Practice’ for the use of audiovisual works.  Workshops are being run to find how Film academics currently work with AV material and to develop fair guidelines for our sector.  We will update here when the results are published!


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