Film Studies subject guide

 

 

Online subject resources for film & media studies

  • Alexander Street Video: cross search all videos from these collections from a single interface:
    • Filmakers Library Online
    • Theatre in Video
    • Ethnographic Video Online
    • Education in Video
  • All BUFVC (beta): nine large online databases of film, TV and radio content from 1896 onwards. You can search millions of records in one go, or one collection at a time. For fuller access click Please remember to login.
  • African Media Program - offers an online, comprehensive database of films, videos, and other audio-visual materials concerning Africa as well as education services about African media.
  • All Movie Guide
  • American Film Institute (AFI)
  • Arts on Film (Archive of moving image films): 450 documentary films made by the film department of the Arts Council England between 1953 and 1998 and several films produced till 2003 by the dance Department of ACE.
  • BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts).
  • BBC Bollywood Homepage.
  • BBC Film Network (now The Film Network): showcasing new UK film talent by screening short films, profiling the people who made them and providing filmmakers with the tools to exchange advice.
  • BECTU (The Media and Entertainment Union) History project: collection of oral history recordings made with practitioners in the film, television, radio and theatre worlds. This is a growing collection with over 600 interviews with over 4000 hours of material.
  • BoB - On Demand TV and Radio for Education (formerly Box of Broadcasts): allows you to view and record a vast number of TV and radio programmes, including films. To sign in, choose University of Kent from the list. You need to register the first time you use the service
  • Britfilms.com
  • British Film Institute (BFI)
  • British Library Sounds: over 90,000 selected recordings of music, spoken word, and human and natural environments
  • BUFVC (British Universities Film & Video Council). Includes:
    • Commercial radio archive online: London Broadcasting Company and Independent Radio News audio archive
    • HERMES: database of audio-visual programmes
    • ITV Programme Information
    • Moving Image Gateway
    • Newsfilm Online
    • Newsreels
    • Researcher's guide online
    • TV & Radio Index -TRILT
  • Channel 4 BRITDOC Foundation: supports British documentary filmmakers
  • CineFiles (University of California: Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive): scanned images of reviews, press kits, festival and showcase program notes, newspaper articles, and other documents covering world cinema, past and present
  • Digital Theatre Plus: online resource providing high-quality full-length films of leading British theatre productions plus interviews with the cast, the creative and production teams behind each show and documentaries
    • To login: click Sign in (top right), select University of Kent from the drop-down list, click Sign in with my institution and sign in with your Kent IT account
  • Entertainment Industry Magazine Archive (from ProQuest): access to complete runs of major trade and consumer magazines about the entertainment industry, from their inception to 2000
  • EUscreen beta: videos, stills, texts and audio from European broadcasters and audiovisual archives, with content from early 1900s onwards
  • Filmakers Library Online: award-winning documentaries on a wide range of subjects, presenting points of view and historical and current experiences from cultures and traditions world-wide
  • The Film Network (formerly BBC Film Network): showcasing new UK film talent by screening short films, profiling the people who made them and providing filmmakers with the tools to exchange advice.
  • INA (Institut national de l'audiovisuel): repository of all French radio and television audiovisual archives
  • Internet Movie Database (IMDb)
  • Irish Film Institute: preserves and promotes film culture in Ireland, operating cinemas and the Irish Film Archive
  • Kaleidoscope (The Classic Television Organisation)
  • Masters of Cinema
  • Mass Observation Online: documentation of the everyday lives of ordinary people in Britain, covering the period from 1937 until the early 1970s
  • Media History Digital Library: online access to the Histories of cinema, broadcasting, and recorded sound; collections feature extensive runs of several important trade papers and fan magazines
  • MediaPlus (from Alexander Street; previously MediaHub): video, images and sound resources from many different collections
  • Movie Review Query (Search) Engine (MRQE)
  • Routledge Performance Archive: access to a wide range of audio-visual material from past and present practitioners of theatrical performance
  • Screenonline (British Film Institute (BFI)): guide to British cinema and television history 1895-present. Includes moving image clips from film and television
  • Simply Scripts: a site for film scripts
  • Television and Radio Index for Learning and Teaching UK (TRILT) (BUFVC).
  • UK Screen Heritage Network (Building a national directory of moving image/screen-based artefacts: includes useful links).
  • University of Kent. School of European Culture and Languages (SECL) "On Demand Audio and Video Programmes" page: includes online access to some Film & Television programmes in English, French, German, Italian, and Hispanic Studies (Kent login required)
  • Variety Archives: searchable archive of the journal Variety (Weekly Variety 1906- and Daily Variety 1933-), chronicling the evolution of the entertainment business from 1906-present
  • Voice of the Shuttle Media Studies page
  • Who's Who of Victorian Cinema
  • YouTube: click on TV for TV programmes, feature films and documentaries

 

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