E-resources Advent Calendar Window 8 : Bloomsbury Video Library (new platform for Artfilms)

Have you seen what’s new this Christmas?

Bloomsbury Video Library launched this month with the Arts and Humanities Collection (formerly known as Artfilms).

With an international range of content across the visual arts and performing arts, film, history, and more, this collection features exclusive indie films and shorts, avant-garde performances, interviews with renowned writers, artists, choreographers, performers and practitioners, documentaries on an international range of themes, traditions, and historical figures, and much more.

Screenshot of Bloomsbury Video Library

We hope you enjoy this video of Richard Burton reading Dylan Thomas’ A Child’s Christmas in Wales

In this recording, Richard Burton recites Dylan Thomas’ poem A Child’s Christmas in Wales while walking in lower New York City, sitting in the kind of bar Thomas favored, looking at the Hudson river. Black and white film, moody, effectively handled by the young Burton, who introduces the reading by pointing out that like Thomas, he, too, is a Welshman.

Also available to access via the Databases A-Z.

E-resources Advent Calendar Window 2 : Japanese and Korean films for the holidays

Would you like to start the holidays with a gentle and heart-warming film? We recommend ‘Kiki’s Delivery Service,’ a 1989 animated film by Hayao Miyazaki.

Japanese theatrical release poster for "Kiki's Delivery Service"

This is one of many Japanese and Korean films available on the ‘Box of Broadcasts’ from Learning on Screen, a database of programmes shown on UK television dating back to the 1970s. Please note access is only available within the UK.

Dr Kristin Williams, Head of Japanese and Korean Section at Cambridge University Library, has  made playlists of Japanese and Korean films that you might want to use for listening practice over the Christmas break. There are samurai films by Kurosawa, animated films from Studio Ghibli, the zombie movie ‘Train to Busan’, the recent award-winning Korean film ‘Parasite’, and many others.

Film playlists:

Korean films https://learningonscreen.ac.uk/ondemand/playlists/303745

Japanese films https://learningonscreen.ac.uk/ondemand/playlists/352279

More e-resources:

Korean: https://www.lib.cam.ac.uk/collections/departments/korean-collections/e-resources-korean-studies

Japanese: https://www.lib.cam.ac.uk/collections/departments/japanese-collections/e-resources-japanese-studies

New e-resource: Digitalia Film Library

Cambridge University Libraries are delighted to inform University members now have access to the Digitalia Film Library, a multilingual streaming video collection comprising more than 1200 films with a focus on Romance languages in general and Spanish in particular.

You can access the Digitalia Film Library via this link or via the Cambridge University Libraries A-Z. Records for the individual films in the collection will be available via iDiscover shortly.

The Digitalia Film Library is the most complete collection from South and Central America. Titles in foreign languages have English subtitles available. The content mix is 35% documentaries and 65% feature films.

Digitalia Film Library (streaming video)  is a multilingual collection of films from Spain, France and other European countries, North American Classic films, and Latin American films from South America, Central America and Caribbean including Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Guatemala and others. This library now has approximately 1,200+ films.

From Around the World with Willy Fog (Spanish: La vuelta al mundo de Willy Fog)

Black Camera : an International Film Journal

New on ejournals@cambridge A-Z : BLACK CAMERA

From the JSTOR website:

Black Camera, a journal of Black film studies, is devoted to the study and documentation of the Black cinematic experience and aims to engender and sustain a formal academic discussion of Black film production. The journal includes reviews of historical as well as contemporary books and films, researched critiques of recent scholarship on Black film, interviews with accomplished film professionals, and editorials on the development of Black creative culture. Black Camera challenges received and established views and assumptions about the traditions and practices of filmmaking in the African diaspora, where new and longstanding cinematic formations are in play. The journal devotes issues or sections of issues to national cinemas, as well as independent, marginal, or oppositional films and cinematic formations.”

Now available to the University of Cambridge electronically from volume 1 (1985) to present.

Access the Black Camera via the ejournals@cambridge A-Z or at this link.


Journal of British Cinema and Television

New on ejournals@cambridge A-Z :

Journal of British Cinema and Television

From the Edinburgh University Press website:

“The Journal of British Cinema and Television is the prime site for anyone interested in reading or publishing original work in the fields of British cinema and television. Themed issues alternate with general ones, and each issue contains a wide range of articles and substantial book reviews. The Journal also runs conference reports, in-depth interviews with leading practitioners in the field, and a section intended to encourage debate amongst those studying British cinema and television.”

Now available to the University of Cambridge electronically from volume 1 (2004) to present.

Access the Journal of British Cinema and Television via the ejournals@cambridge A-Z or at this link.

Photo by Bruno Massao from Pexels


Artfilms : available until 30 September

The University of Cambridge now has access to Artfilms via this link until 30 September 2020.

Please tell us what you liked about Artfilms by using your feedback form.  Thank you.

 Artfilms is a video streaming service that offers more than 5000 films for arts education and arts practitioners. Masterclasses, documentaries, interviews, content that can entertain, educate and inform: Artfilms streams thousands of videos from top artists and producers.

Access is also available via the link in the Cambridge Libraries A-Z of eresources.

New eresource : Screen Studies

Through the support of anonymous donors the University of Cambridge now has full access on and off campus (via Raven) to Bloomsbury’s Screen Studies platform.

Link to Screen Studies from banner image

This dynamic digital platform comprises an exceptional collection of screenplays and books on film from Bloomsbury, Faber & Faber, and the British Film Institute
designed to support moving image studies.

The Screen Studies platform offers access to three collections:

BFI Film Classics comprises titles from the award-winning BFI Film Classics book series which introduces, interprets and celebrates landmarks of world cinema from the silent era to the 21st century. Each title offers a sophisticated but accessible argument for the film’s ‘classic’ status, together with discussion of its production and reception history, its place within a genre or national cinema, an account of its technical and aesthetic importance, and in many cases, the author’s personal response to the film.


BFI Film Studies brings together a rich body of titles from BFI Publishing’s pre-eminent and foundational list of books on film history, theory, national cinemas, genres, film-makers, and stars. It includes titles published in the BFI Screen GuidesWorld DirectorsFilm StarsBFI Silver and International Screen Industries series, as well as essential companions to film studies such as Pam Cook’s The Cinema Book.


Bloomsbury and Faber Screenplays and Criticism brings together a wide range of content from Bloomsbury and Faber & Faber to support studies of the moving image. It offers searchable access to screenplays presented in industry-standard studio format; introductory overview articles with expert analysis of selected themes; and critical and contextual books on cinema, including coverage of practical techniques for filmmaking and screenwriting.


Screen studies

Trial access is now available to the new resource Screen studies.  The trial is available until 14 May 2018 and can be accessed on campus only from this link


Please send your feedback to ejournals@lib.cam.ac.uk.  Thank you.

Screen Studies is a digital platform taking users from script to screen and beyond – offering a broad range of content from Bloomsbury and Faber & Faber to support moving image studies.

It comprises a collection of award-winning screenplays, critical and contextual books on film from the late nineteenth century to the present, and an interactive timeline of cinema history. Starting with an initial 300 screenplays and books, and updated annually, Screen Studies is a resource for academics and students engaged in research and learning around film history, theory and practice.

Nuevo Texto Crítico

New on ejournals@cambridge A-Z : Nuevo Texto Crítico.


From the Project Muse website for the journal:

“Nuevo Texto Crítico is an academic publication sponsored by the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and the Center of Latin American Studies at Stanford University. Since its foundation in 1988 Nuevo Texto Crítico has been recognized as a leading journal in the fields of analysis and criticism of Latin American literature and film. One of its main objectives has always been to bring both to the educated and the general reader the best critical materials at the highest level of research, as a means of understanding how modern culture develops in every Latin American country in national and trans-national ways.”

Now available to the University of Cambridge electronically from año 1 (1988) to present.

Access Nuevo Texto Crítico via the ejournals@cambridge A-Z or at this link.

Image credit: ‘The Women of the Q’eswachaka Bridge Festival’ by Geralnt Rowland on Flickr – https://flic.kr/p/JaDKjC