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Welcome to the Film and TV subject pages.

Use the tabs to navigate to the different resources we have to support Film and TV. Alternatively, this 1-page guide summarises some of the information to get you started.

You may also find it useful to browse the resources for the following subjects:



Film Studies PN1993 – PN1999
Film dictionaries PN1993.45
History of Film (by country) PN1600-3307
General work on film PN1600-3307
Film criticism PN1995
Censorship PN1995.6
Comedy PN1995.9.C55
Documentary PN1995.9.D6
Horror PN1995.9.H6
Production and Direction PN1995.9.P7
Authorship, scenario writing PN1996


Special Collections:

The Library holds a collection relevant to Film and TV entitled The Cult Film Archive.  This is a diverse and unique collection of cult, underground and marginal films for both academic and broadcast industry audiences. The archive features a global cross-section of film genres and national traditions from American Independent and European popular cinema to include a variety of film formats from horror, science fiction and blaxploitation, to madcap musicals, kung fu films and 'weird' world cinema.   To consult material in this archive, please arrange an appointment by e-mail allowing at least 1 working day’s notice.

Follow me at @ArtsLibrarian for updates on our services and collections.



For a general search across multiple databases, search Summon.


Individual databases offer a more detailed comprehensive search.  Those most relevant to your subject area have been selected below. For guidance on more specific types of information, such as Market Research, Raw Data, Standards and Patents, please see the links on our Research page.

Access to these e-resources is restricted to the students and staff of Brunel University for licensing and technical reasons. Some licence agreements may exclude access to databases and their contents from certain countries. It is your responsibility to comply with the terms and conditions of the relevant licence agreements - for more information see the copyright web page on databases - contact if you have any questions.

    Academic Search Complete

    Contains full text articles from over 5,000 journals, covering many subjects, including anthropology, politics, political science, psychology, psychiatry, sociology and social work.

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    Alexander Street Press Collections

    Alexander Street Press is a publisher of award-winning online collections and videos for scholarly research, teaching, and learning. We have access to several of ASP's collections including ethnography, music and women and social movements in the United States. You must use headphones when listening on PCs in the Library. These can be borrowed from the Help Desk.

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    American Film Institute Catalog

    AFI is a filmography database documenting 48,300 American films dating between 1893-1972.

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    Arts on Film Archive

    The Arts on Film Archive offers on-line access to a large range of films on art produced in the United Kingdom since the 1950s, and is a unique record of British and international post-war art, as well as of documentary film-making in the UK. In its first phase, the archive offers a complete database and an on-line video streaming of all 445 films made by the film department of Arts Council England between 1953 and 1998 and several films produced till 2003 by the dance Department of ACE (created by the School of Informatics, University of Westminster).

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    BFI Inview

    Provides access to 1,000 hours of non-fiction, moving image titles selected by the BFI National Archive. The images can be browsed according to broad political and economical themes.

    Box of Broadcasts (BoB)

    The University subscribes to Box of Broadcasts (BoB), a service which works alongside our ERA Licence and allows staff and students to record and access broadcasts, even after they have aired, under the licence terms.

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    e-Duke Scholarly Books Collection

    Access to over 1,400 scholarly e-books published by Duke University Press in the humanities and social sciences.

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    Ethnographic Video Online

    A comprehensive collection of more than 1,000 films, complete with transcripts, studying human culture and behaviour throughout the world. It features the work of many of the most influential documentary filmmakers of the 20th century.

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    Film Index International

    Provides information on approximately 100,000 films and references to articles about films.

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    Film Indexes Online

    Provides information on over 100,000 films and references to articles about films, combining Film Index International and AFI Catalog together on one web site. The result of distinguished partnerships with the British Film Institute (BFI) and the American Film Institute (AFI), Film Index International and AFI Catalog are cornerstone online resources for research in film.

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    International Index to Film Periodicals (FIAF)

    FIAF is a bibliographical resource offering access to hundreds of academic and popular film journals from around the world. It contains over 400,000 article citations from more than 330 periodicals.

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    Archive collections of full text electronic journals from 1880 onwards, always from volume 1, issue 1, and including previous and related titles. The most recently published issues (past 3-5 years) are not available in these collections (unless we hold a current subscription too). The Library subscribes only to the Arts & Sciences I to IX collections, inclusive, and to the Health & General Sciences collection, as well as to 19th Century British Pamphlets, a collection created by RLUK (Research Libraries UK) and to the Ireland collection (research materials relating to Ireland, spanning the 18th century to present, provided under the JISC Digitisation Programme). If you have any problem connecting to JSTOR off campus, please use the alternative link below in combination with the AnyConnect VPN Universal service package from the Connect portal.

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    Music and Performing Arts Online

    The International Index to Music Periodicals and the International Index to Performing Arts have combined to allow simultaneous searching of both collections of full text journals and abstracts on the new ProQuest platform along with some other databases. Access to the original MPAO platform has been withdrawn.

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    Full text access to UK local and national newspapers via Nexis.

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    Full text access to regional, national and international newspapers, business trade journals, company reports and country reports, including Company Dossier - please note that Company Dossier only works through the link above and not through the alternative e-Library link below. (This database was previously called LexisNexis Business & News).

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    Oxford English Dictionary

    The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) is an etymological dictionary which is widely acknowledged as the most comprehensive record of the English language, tracing the evolution and use of more than 600,000 words through 3 million quotations. OED Online gives access to latest text of the full Oxford English Dictionary, the Historical Thesaurus of the OED and enable users new ways to explore the English language:

    Search for new words by year, decade, or any date range. Set language in context: search by place, language type, and date to discover the impact of world events. OED Online is revised and updated at regular intervals and covers British, American, and other varieties of English, and all types of use, from formal to slang.

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    Oxford Journals

    The Oxford Journals collection includes some of the world's most highly cited and prestigious Oxford University Press journals, in a broad range of subject disciplines.

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    Project MUSE

    Project MUSE Humanities Collection provides full-text online access to 164 humanities, arts, and social science journals from 60 scholarly publishers as well as links to Project MUSE content from databases such as America: History and life, Historical abstracts and JSTOR.

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    Access to over 220 e-journals published in collections by Sage, with up to 59 years of backfiles where available. Access to more than 500 other e-journals from 1999 onwards for the titles not included in the collections. A multidisciplinary database, with particular emphasis on the social sciences.

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    Television and Radio Index for Learning and Teaching (TRILT)

    Provides access to Television and Radio Index for Learning and Teaching, hosted by the BUFVC. Listings for more than 475 TV and radio channels with data from 1995 onwards Custom auto-alert emails for forthcoming programmes up to 10 days in advance. To access the database, look under: Television and Radio - TRILT - Broadcast Listings.

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    TV Times Index (TVTiP)

    TVTiP is a fully searchable database of the programmes listed in television listings magazine TVTimes from September 1955 to March 1985. The BUFVC manages this databases on behalf of Bournemouth University. To access the database, look under: Television and Radio - TV Times Index.

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    Web of Science

    Web of Science Core Collection indexes journals and conference proceedings in the arts and humanities, social science and science and technology, providing abstracts to the majority of peer-reviewed articles, from 1970 to date, hosted on the Web of Science platform. This abstract only database is updated weekly. Also includes BIOSIS Citation Index (up to 2008), Medline and SciELO Citation Index. Use Article Linker (AL) to check for full text online sources.

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Web Resources

General Guidance - read more

Gateways and general sites

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
All the latest Oscar news.

BBC Archive
Browse the archive collection by collections, subjects and programmes. The BBC are increasing the content available in the archives.

BFFS On-line (British Federation of Film Societies)National body promoting film exhibitions and societies. Includes up-to-date general film news and useful links.

British Film Institute and National Film Archive
This is a publicity page about the services they offer. It includes links to lists of libraries in the UK with film collections, and top UK films.

British Universities Film and Video Council
The BUFVC is a representative body whose aim is to promote the production, study and use of film and media in higher education. This link provides information about their services.

Close Up Film
A one-stop online resource for all the latest film releases, big name interviews, news and diary.

Film Noir web links
Links from Images: a journal of film and popular culture (see below).

LUMIERE database
Admissions data for films released in Europe from 1996 onwards.

Independent film site with free downloads

IMDb: Internet movie database
Comprehensive database of film information, from 1892 to the present. The collection is updated daily. No registration process is required for access.

IMSDb: Internet movie script database

Kemps Film and Television production services handbook online
Use Kemps to search for over 37,000 production services companies from 115 countries worldwide. Use it to find everything from Aerial Photography to Video Equipment, Location Services, Crew and much more.

MRQE: Movie Review Query Engine
Founded in 1993 by Stewart M. Clamen, this is the internet’s largest database of movie reviews for over 100,000 titles. The continually growing site provides a searchable index of all published and available reviews, news, interviews, and other materials associated with specific movies.

Organisational and Government - read more


American Film Institute


BFI Screenonline
The British Film Institute’s guide to British television history, with access to moving image material.

British Board of Film Classification
The British Board of Film Classification’s website with information and history about the board.

British Film Commission

British Film Council

British Film Institute and National Archive
The BFI is the British Film Institute. The site includes a world-renowned archive, cinemas, festivals, films, publications and learning resources. It also includes links to lists of libraries in the UK.

British Pathe

British Universities Film & Video Council
The BUFVC is a representative body whose aim is to promote the production, study and use of film and media in higher education. This link provides information about their services.

British Universities Film & Video Council: News on Screen

British Universities Film & Video Council: Researcher's Guide to Screen Heritage

The essential guide for contacts in the entertainment industry; it contains listings for over 5000 companies, services and individuals across all branches of television, stage, film and radio.

European Audiovisual Observatory

FAIR (Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting)
US media watch group highlighting media bias and censorship.

Film Distributors' Association (FDA)

Film London

Film Noir Foundation
Devoted to America's noir heritage; includes video archives of interviews with key noir actors and directors.

International Documentary Association

International Federation of Film Archives

Jewish Film Archive

London Jewish Cultural Centre: Film Archive

National Film Board of Canada

National Museum of Photography, Film and Television

Royal Television Society

Students' British Board of Film Classification
Includes case studies aimed at film and media students.


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Electronic journals

All these journals are freely available over the web and include articles, reviews and listings.

Bright Lights film journal
Movie analysis, history and commentary on a wide range of film genres.

Film & History: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Film and Television Studies
Articles on the relationship between film and history. Includes a detailed filmography of historical and history related documentaries and links to related academic websites.

Filmmaker Magazine
News and features on independent film. The site features a comprehensive database of film festivals.

International academic journal with philosophical film reviews.

An international journal published bi-annually. It includes in-depth film reviews and contemporary interviews.

Images: a journal of film and popular culture
Articles on film and television that specialise in classic films.

Jump Cut
Reviews of contemporary media. The site includes film and media articles, Hollywood cinema, third world cinema, radio, TV and criticism on a variety of themes, such as ethnicity and race.

Online since 1997, this Montreal based journal covers film festivals, retrospectives, film forums, and both popular and academic events.

Reverse Shot
Bi-monthly quarterly, independently published film journal.

Scope: an online journal of film studies
Published three times a year, this is a peer-reviewed online journal edited by staff and students in the Institute of Film & Television Studies at the University of Nottingham.

Senses of Cinema
This Australian-based journal focuses on Australian cinema, both past and present.

A quarterly British film magazine focusing on worldwide independent cinema.


The following all link to freely available full-text content.

Amsterdam University Press Digital Repository

David Bordwell's website on cinema
This website features the full-text of many of Bordwell's key essays and articles.

Film Studies for Free

Online Books Page
Hosted by the University of Pennsylvania.

Free to access online study guides; there is a charge for downloading the printable pdfs.

University of California Press E-Books Collection

Open access repositories

MIMAS UK Institutional Repository Search

OpenDOAR Directory of Open Access Repositories
Worldwide coverage


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Aardman Animation
Official website with information on the history of the studios and past animations. It includes up to date news on current and future projects.

The Simpsons Archive
A large collection of episode guides, articles and web links compiled by fans of the show.

Jan Svankmajer
Features an extensive range of information on the work and life of Svankmajer.

Walt Disney Studios The studios’ official website. Includes in depth information on the layout and use of the studios.

Film and television history

Arts on Film Archive
Hosted by the University of Westminster.

BIRTH Television Archive
Archive of vintage British (BBC), Austrian, Dutch, Belgian (Francophone) and German television programmes.

Early cinema

Film Archive Forum
UK public sector moving image archives

Moving History
A guide to UK film and TV public archives, includes some films available online.

National Archives: Public Information Films

National Film Preservation Board

Scottish Screen Archive
Over 100 years of Scottish history on film and video.

Separate Cinema
The Separate Cinema Archive is a collection of over 25,000 film posters, lobby cards and photographs chronicling the black film industry.

University of California Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA)
Includes digitised film-related items.

Who's Who of Victorian Cinema

Film festivals and new releases

Cannes Film Festival
Latest news and history of the festival.

The Guardian's film web page, includes film reviews and information about new releases.

Locarno Film Festival

London Film Festival
Information on films showcased at the festival.


Using Other Libraries

When conducting specialist research, Brunel Library may not always stock everything you need. If this happens, you have a number of options:

Before you visit another library

If you do plan to visit another library, please check first of all that we do not have the item you need. Advice on using the library can be found on our Finding Resources page. Alternatively, please ask a member of staff at the Helpdesk or contact the Subject Liaison Librarian for your School.

Remember, if the item you need is on a reading list, we will make every effort to purchase this for the Library, so please let us know the details.

Where there are specific libraries of interest for your subject, these will be listed below.


As well as the resources listed under the Databases and Web Resources tabs of this subject page, we have a number of other resources that could be of relevance to your research, such as:


Market Research

Raw Data




Additionally, you may wish to refer our general Research page which comprehensively lists all of our Research Resources.

If you need help with using any of these resources, please contact the Subject Liaison Librarian for your School, details of which can be found from the Overview tab.

Page last updated: Monday 03 June 2013