Resource centres & Related websites
British Film Institute Library
21 Stephen Street
London W1P 1PL
Tel 020 7255 1444
The Cinema Exhibitors' Association
22 Golden Square
London W1R 3PA
Tel 020 7734 9551
12 The Crescent, King Street
Leicester LE2 2YE
Tel 0116 285 4550
www.dvddemystified.com Support website answering most questions on DVD technology.
www.hollywoodreporter.com News on Hollywood movies, stars, festivals, awards.
www.imdb.com The Internet Movie Database.
www.lastbroadcast.co.uk/movies/v/7466-slumdog-millionaire-adapting-the-book.html Article on Slumdog Millionaire
National Association of Theatre Owners (of America)
750 First Street NE
Washington, DC 20002
Tel +1 202 962 0054
www.ukfilmcouncil.org.uk Government-backed strategic agency for film in the UK, which includes information on film-making, cinema-going, film news and publications.
www.upcomingmovies.com Previews of upcoming movies
www.theasc.com/ac_magazine/podcasts.php American Cinematographer podcasts
www.christiedigital.com/en-us/pages/default.aspx Christie Digital
www.cinefex.com Premier effects publication with historical and practical entries
www.filmsound.org Comprehensive site devoted to sound and sound design
www.pixar.com Pixar Animation Studios
www.thx.com THX Sound
http://web.me.com/williamwhittington/iWeb/Site/Home.html William Whittington’s website
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6QbHhm4620I Springtime in an English Village (1944)
A ‘salon-journal’ dedicated to the philosophical review of film studies, philosophical aesthetics, and world cinema. Founded in 1966.
www.movinghistory.ac.uk/archives The Moving History archive offers the best overview of UK film and television archives held in the public sector. It is worth following links to the different regional archives.
www.nfb.ca/The National Film Board of Canada offers the NFB Screening Room
www.archive.org/details/prelinger Outside of the UK, the Prelinger Archive offers over 2,000 films online.
www.sensesofcinema.com An online journal devoted to serious discussion of cinema.
http://filmstudiesforfree.blogspot.com For a wealth of online Film Studies resources visit the web archive Film Studies for Free (FSFF). For excellent examples of creative, illuminating film analysis see also FSFF’s collection of video essays by Catherine Grant.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=NG0V7EVFZt4&feature=related For more on the power of montage see Hitchcock’s account of three different types of editing.
www.film-philosophy.com Film-Philosophy , vol. 10, no 1 (2006), ‘Reanimating the Auteur’ – two online special issues dedicated to re-thinking aspects of cinematic authorship.
www.latrobe.edu.au/screeningthepast/current/cc0301.html Screening The Past, issue 12 (2001)
www.sensesofcinema.com An online journal devoted to serious discussion of cinema. It includes numerous articles which adopt an auteurist approach as well as plenty of interviews with directors.
www.bfi.org.uk/sightandsound/feature/46 Ghost in the machine by Manohla Dargis (2000).
An essay which examines aspects of Tom Cruises’ star and screen persona.
www.davidbordwell.net/essays/anatomy.php David Bordwell’s analysis of Mission Impossible III
http://www.latrobe.edu.au/screeningthepast/classics/cl0902/lgcl14c.htm ‘Stars and audiences in early American cinema’, Lee Grieveson (2002) in Screening the Past, issue 14.
www.nottinghamac.uk/film/scopearchive/articles/stardom-and-distinction.htm ‘Stardom and distinction: Sharon Stone and the problem of legitimacy’ by Rebecca Feasey (2004). An essay in the online film studies journal Scope, which discusses Sharon Stone’s stardom.
A special edition of Sight & Sound dedicated to exploring contemporary manifestations of the western
An online film journal with special editions and ‘in focus’ articles that explore various genres.
http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=mitchell+and+kenyon&aq=f A YouTube menu of Mitchell and Kenyon films.
Extracts from the films mentioned in this chapter are available at the following addresses:
Nanook of the North http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cLERFRQl5EY
Grey Gardens http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xG5baCxTtgw.
Housing Problems http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gImM_YV-VrY
Documentary Educational Resource, http://www.der.org/ contains a mine of information on documentary films.
http://www.documentaryfilms.net/ is a useful resource for links to producers, reviews and news updates on documentary.
European Documentary Network, http://www.edn.dk/ .
Visible Evidence http://www.visibleevidence.org/ is a scholarly network devoted to the study of documentary.
The UK Directory, Animation UK is an invaluable resource in that it lists most animators, animation companies and facilitators, and courses running in Britain. Published annually by BECTU.
www.aardman.com Aardman Animations
http://www.annecy.org/home Annecy Festival
www.asifaeast.com ASIFA East
http://asifa.net ASIFA International
www.asifa.org ASIFA Central
www.awn.com Animation World Network. The database section is pretty minimal and often incorrect; the best thing is the magazine’s breadth of articles, mainly written by animators, critics or festival programmers. The What’s New section in AWN is convenient for updates. The Animation Village has several listings and links to animators, organisations, festivals and so on in the international animation world. Artists such as Caroline Leaf and Alison Snowden/ David Fine have their own home pages on AWN. The same has Nicole Salomon’s AAA in Annecy, Folioscope, ASIFA Hollywood and ASIFA San Francisco, as well as the Society for Animation Studies, Motion Picture Screen Cartoonists Union Local 839 and the Writers Guild of America. There are also links to other similar home pages not hosted by AWN, such as ASIFA International.
http://www.asifa-hollywood.org/index.html ASIFA Hollywood
www.awn.com/asifa-sf ASIFA San Francisco produce quite informative articles, and provide information on current (US-based) projects, both commercial and independent, as well as opinion pieces.
www.awn.com/heaven_and_hell Animation Heaven and Hell. This site has nicely designed pages on model and stop-frame animation, including vankmajer and George Pal.
http://www.animationfestival.ca/index.php Ottawa International Animation Festival
http://www.animationjournal.com/ Animation Journal
http://www.animafest.hr/en Zagreb Festival
http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/oahtml/oahome.html Origins of American Animation web site
http://www.nfb.ca/ National Film Board of Canada. The National Film Board of Canada has a really impressive site. You can go through their whole catalogue of films with descriptions; many of the most important filmmakers have their own biography; and the history of NFBC is extensively described. The main problem with the NFBC home page is that the entry page is too big, it takes minutes to download; skip it and go directly to the index.
www.bfi.org.uk/filmtvinfo/library BFI National Library: a major national research collection of documentation and information on film and television. Our priority is comprehensive coverage of British film and television, but the collection itself is international in scope.
http://www.cinenova.org.uk/ A European feminist promoter of films by women. Well worth a look.
www.feminist.org A useful site with lots of links to feminist subject matter
www.lib.berkeley.edu/MRC/womenbib.html Women in Film and Television - Bibliography Materials lists various bibliographies of books and articles on subjects relating to women in film and television. Based on material held at the Media Resource centre at UC Berkeley.
www.londonmet.ac.uk/thewomenslibrary/ The Women's Library is a cultural centre, housing the most extensive collection of women's history in the UK.
www.lux.org.uk LUX: distribution, collection, exhibition, publishing and research in artists' moving image work.
www.madcatfilmfestival.org/ MadCat is a highly acclaimed festival that exhibits independent and experimental films and videos directed by women from around the globe. Based in San Francisco.
http://make.gold.ac.uk/ The Women's Art Library (MAKE) is an artist-led slide library developed in order to enhance public knowledge of the practice, impact and achievement of women in visual culture. The library contains published and unpublished written documentation, photographs, posters and videos in addition to a substantial slide collection and artists' files on contemporary and historical women artists. The artists' files contain paper documentation, photographs and slides, postcards, photographs, press cuttings and ephemera, with much of the material donated by women artists. Early feminist art journals held include Feminist Artists Newsletter (UK), Heresies (USA) and Matriart (Canada)
www.mith2.umd.edu/WomensStudies/FilmReviews/ Women's Studies Database Film Reviews: Part of the University of Maryland Women's Studies website, the database lists reviews by film title. Users can also search alphabetically. Articles are all written by women writers or academics in film and media.
www.people.virginia.edu/~pm9k/libsci/womFilm.html Women in Cinema: A Reference Guide: detailed and discursive site focusing on the history of women in cinema. Includes introductory essay, references, bibliographies, filmographies and sources for film study.
www.screenonline.org.uk BFI ScreenOnline: Women and Film
http://shootingpeople.org/ Huge UK and US based independent filmmaker Internet network, with over 25,000 members. Daily bulletins covering filmmaking, documentary, animation, music videos, casting, screen writing and script pitching, and an extensive calendar of events.
www.sistersincinema.com An African-American women filmmakers’ website with a resources list.
www.sixpackfilm.com/ Austrian film and video art distributor.
www.studycollection.co.uk/ British Artists' Film and Video Study Collection. Established in 2000, the British Artists' Film and Video Study Collection is a research project led by Senior Research Fellow David Curtis concentrating on the history of artists' film and video in Britain. Welcomes post-graduate researchers, curators, programmers, artists and anyone interested in the academic study of British Artists' Film and Video. Consists of an extensive range of reference materials including video copies of artists' works, still images, historical posters and publicity materials, paper documentation and a publications library. Browsable catalogue online.
http://www.wftv.org.uk/wftv/ (Women in Film and TV) The site provides background information on the organisation, details of its aims, magazine, events and campaigns and WFTV awards and membership.
www.wmm.com (Women Make Movies)
New York-based non-profit organisation established in 1972, to facilitate and promote the production, distribution and exhibition of films/video by and about women.
www.womenfilmnet.org Women and Film in Europe: The working group of the European Coordination of Film Festivals E.E.I.G. The aim of the group is to 'research the history of women and film in Europe and to make these findings available'. Has an extensive database.
Make use of search engines. For example, if you type in 'Lesbian and Gay Film' you will find that Wikipedia offers a list of lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender-related films. It contains theatrically-released cinema films that deal with or feature important gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender characters and issues and may have same-sex romance or relationships as an important plot device.
www.bfi.org.uk The British Film Institute website is a specialised academic site. The latest BFI publications can be ordered, and DVD's are presented according to genre or nationality.
Excellent, clear, helpful databases on lesbian, gay, transgender and queer film, TV, actors, writers, producers and issues of relevance to film topics.
Beware of purchasing DVD's from this site unless your player can cope with Region 1 (US) format.
www.jaman.com This offers a range of films to download, own, or watch free instantly online. The gay and lesbian section offers a good selection of features and some interesting lesser-known short films.
http://www.bfi.org.uk/llgff/ The London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival website gives details of their presentations at the National Film Theatre in March/April. For a few months after that, the same programme of films and videos then tours various Regional Film Theatres. All venues are indicated on the website, along with related events.
www.newqueercinema.com This US-based resource has a helpful and comprehensive list entitled 'Gay World Film Festivals', news about recent releases, and a wealth of information on production, availability and content of a range of queer cinema.
Go to the ‘PopcornQ Movies’ section for helpful information and reviews of festivals and individual films. North American (Region 1) formats only for DVDs.
Excellent, clear, helpful databases on lesbian, gay, transgender and queer film, video, TV, actors, writers and producers. You can search for individual films and reviews, magazine articles and other material. North American (Region 1) formats only for DVDs.
http://40acres.com/ Spike Lee, 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks
www.bettermuscome.com Better Mus Come, set in the 1970s, a Jamaican film written and directed by Storm Saulter.
http://blackfilm.uchicago.edu/ Black Film Research Online, University of Chicago
http://blogs.indiewire.com/shadowandact Shadow and Act: On Cinema of the African Diaspora
www.cinema.ucla.edu/ UCLA Film and Television Archive
www.fespaco.bf FESPACO – Pan-African Film and Television Festival of Ouagadougou
http://www.indiana.edu/~bfca/ Black Film Center Archive, Indiana University
www.mebroniba.com Non-traditional documentary on Ghanian hair salons by Akosua Adoma Owusu
www.nightcatchesus.com Night Catches Us, an independent film written and directed by Tanya Hamilton
www.newsreel.org California Newsreel
http://old.cinema.ucla.edu/collections/profiles/afriamer.html African-American Film and Television
http://oscarscomeback.com A film documenting the annual Oscar Micheaux Film and Book Festival held in Gregory, South Dakota by filmmakers Lisa Collins and Mark Schwartzburt.
www.rosegrafilms.com website of Christopher Harris, experimental filmmaker.
www.twn.org TWN Third World Newsreel
www.bfi.org.uk The BFI library at Stephen Street in London is the main resource for those interested in further research. Additionally, scholars of British cinema are remarkably lucky to have at their disposal an extensive website created by the British Film Institute to encourage study of British films – this includes detailed accounts of many individual films, film-makers’ biographies, interviews, company histories, as well as general thematic articles and articles dealing with industrial and commercial matters such as censorship and distribution. There are links to the BFI Special collections unit and to the BFI Stills, many of whose materials are also available online. For those working within licensed educational institutions it is also possible to download clips from a wide range of key films many of which are otherwise unavailable. The site also contains considerable amounts of material on British Television history.
www.ukfilmcouncil.org.uk For current productions, and material about the contemporary British film-making scene, a good place to start is the webpage of the UK Film Council.
www.anytamil.com/php/home.php Lists Tamil DVDs
www.cscsban.org The website for the Centre for the Study of Culture and Society has a comprehensive listing of film reviews and other related materials that your institutions can subscribe to.
www.filmindia.com This is an extensive source of Indian film information, including a directory, bibliography, news clips, events and links
http://haze.customer.netspace.net.au RML’s movie page. A nicely organised collection of information on directors, films and actors. Described as ‘international’, meaning American and European films.
http://imdb.com The International Movie Database is comprehensive and allows you to search for movies, including Indian cinema, by title.
www.indiaplaza.com Lists Hindi DVDs with English subtitles
www.indolink.com This website has Hindi and Tamil movie reviews
www.lib.berkeley.edu/MRC This media resource centre at Berkeley University’s site has videos from South Asia and the South Asian diaspora.
www.mith2.umd.edu/WomensStudies/FilmReviews/ A database of film reviews of feminist films from the University of Maryland, mainly written by Linda Lopez McAllister. Some interesting and unusual perspectives on American and British films. Includes non-mainstream films.
www.Rediff.com This is a good online source for film reviews and interviews with filmmakers and stars.
www.virtualref.com/abs/882.htm Women in Cinema: A Reference Guide offers a discussion of the role and impact of women on western cinema. Areas of discussion include bibliographies and guides, biographical sources, reviews and filmographies, electronic sources and subject collections of film.
www.bfi.org.uk/filmtvinfo/library The BFI National Library is the main resource in the UK for research into Latin American cinema.
www.canninghouse.com Canning House has a useful collection of films and reading materials
www.lib.berkeley.edu/MRC/LatinAmFilmBib.html The most famous Latin American film festival, ‘The International Festival of New Latin American Cinema’ is held in Havana, Cuba annually. In Britain there are several annual film festivals, including in London, the ‘London Latin American Film Festival’ and ‘Discovering Latin America Film Festival’, and in Manchester, ‘Viva ! Spanish and Latin American Film Festival’
www.bl.uk/reshelp/findhelplang/russian/russiancinema/russcinema.html The British Library: Russian and Soviet cinema resources
www.kinoeye.org/archive/country_russia.php The Kinoeye Archive: web resources on Russian cinema
www.kinokultura.com/index.html KinoKulture: New Russian Cinema (Quarterly Film Journal)
www.ssees.ucl.ac.uk/russcin.htm UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies library: Internet resources on Russian cinema
www.sussex.ac.uk/Units/russian/bookmar2.htm University of Sussex: electronic resources for Russian and East European studies
This is the internet Movie Database (US) with a listing of 6175 Russian/Soviet films including details of producers, distributors, directors, casts, writers, composers of music, and other titles by which the film is known.