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


The Hollow Crown

The University of Cambridge now has access to The Hollow Crown, filmed adaptations of Shakespeare’s history plays produced by Rupert Ryle-Hodges , on the Drama Online platform.

The first series of The Hollow Crown brings together Richard II, Henry IV Part 1, Henry IV Part 2, and Henry V. Starring Ben Whishaw, Jeremy Irons and Tom Hiddleston, this continuous story of monarchy follows events during sixteen years of dynastic and political power play.

In Series 2, Henry VI in two parts and Richard III, tell the story of ‘The Wars of the Roses’, an exceptionally turbulent period in British history. Starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Hugh Bonneville, Judi Dench, Michael Gambon, Sally Hawkins, Sophie Okonedo and Tom Sturridge, these exhilarating and emotionally charged films feature some of Shakespeare’s most eloquent and powerful language.

The series was executive produced by Sam Mendes and Pippa Harris under Neal Street Productions in association with NBC Universal.

The Hollow Crown: The Wars Of The Roses – Gloucester (HUGH BONNEVILLE), Margaret (SOPHIE OKONEDO), Richard III (BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH), Cecily (JUDI DENCH), Henry VI (TOM STURRIDGE) © BBC/Carnival Film & Television Ltd/Robert Viglasky

Films on Demand

Trial access has been enabled for University of Cambridge members to review the Films on Demand resource until 5 May 2016, alongside the trial of Kanopy.

Click on this link to access Films on Demand.

Films on Demandoffers unlimited access to thousands of videos and video clips.  Each full-length video has been segmented into predefined clips, making it easy to find specific pieces of content quickly. Videos are sourced from leading content providers such as the BBC, VEA, CNBC, First Run Features, Netherlands Public Broadcasting and hundreds of others. This resource is updated daily.

There are currently 11,000 titles, which are available in full or in 83,580 segments.  A full title list can be obtained on request to  Please note the support center and help links do not currently work off campus and we are investigating this issue with the provider.

Please send your feedback on Films on Demand to

BBC Shakespeare Archive login

Users of the BBC Shakespeare Archive can now login via Shibboleth.

Access to this resource was formerly via username and password supplied by the English Faculty Library or by ejournals@cambridge.

We’re pleased to inform this is no longer necessary.  Instead users can select University of Cambridge from the list of institutions and proceed to secure authentication via Raven.

Note the Login button only appears when you select a film, tv episode, etc. to view.  The original post on this item is here.

Any questions please get in touch by writing to


Good morrow, Benedick.   Why, what’s the matter,
That you have such a February face,
So full of frost, of storm and cloudiness?

Much Ado, Act 5, Scene 4


Video in the academy

The presentation and discussion on “Video in the academy“, looking at the opportunities for developing our offering to students and staff in this area, gave us much to consider for the future.  The powerpoint presentation from Alexander Street Press is available here and, should you wish to explore further with ASP, the brochure on file conversion and media hosting is available here.

Thank you everyone very much for supporting this session.

Asian Film Online volume 2

The University Library provides access to the Asian Film Online volume 1 here.

Further information about the content of Asian Film Online can be found here.

Access this trial on or off campus via this link.


Please send your feedback on the trial to  Thank you.

Highlights from volume 2 includes:

  • Feature films from the rarely seen region of Assam in Northeast India, including works from Jahnu Barua and Utpal Borpujar
  • The complete works of Vietnam’s Dang Nhat Minh, not available together in any other collection
  • The largest available collection of films from Sri Lanka’s Sir Lester James Peries, winner of the Fellini Gold Medal at the 2003 Cannes International Film Festival
  • Behind-the-scenes footage with award-winning Chinese filmmaker Zhang Yimou, including a detailed look at the creation of the opening and closing ceremonies at the 2008 Beijing Olympics
  • Films from Iranian feminist Tahinineh Milani, whose controversial works address women’s rights and include award-winners like The Unwanted Woman, The Fifth Reaction, Two Women, The Hidden Half, and Ceasefire—one of the best-selling Iranian movies of all time


Video in the Academy : Presentation and Discussion

Video in the Academy : Presentation & Discussion

Milstein Room, University Library

July 16 2014 – 10:00-11:30 am.

Presenter : Gareth Bish (Alexander Street Press)

This presentation will cover the significance, increasing demand for, and transformative role of streamed video for scholarly research and teaching.

While faculty, globally, are anticipating higher use of academic video, there are still a number of challenges faced when seeking to integrate video into academic practice.

This presentation will examine how these challenges have been addressed, to ensure the best practice of video use within academia – leading ultimately to enhanced learning experience and improved academic performance.

It will also invite participants to consider what more we need to do to help make the use of video more effective within the academy across the disciplines. As such, the session will include a live demonstration, and interactive/informal Q&A and discussion.

To book for this event please visit : Book For This Presentation.


New videos on Asian Film Online

Asian Film Online has recently been updated with 30 new videos.   This recent release focuses exclusively on Korean filmmakers with a mix of dramas, documentaries, shorts and animated features.

Key titles include:

Broken Night (2010): Directed by rising filmmaker Hyo-joo Yang, this short, which deals with the themes of dishonesty and karma, won the Silver Bear for Best Short Film at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2011.

Radio Dream and The Cursed, both shorts in the Korean National University of Arts Collection.

Four animated shorts: Birth (2009), directed by Ki-Wan Park; Norinoi (2008), directed by Eun-Jin Choi; Run Run Run Away (2010), directed by Sun Jung Lee; and Under the Black Bridge (2010), directed by Youn-Sik Woo.

Silence Broken: Korean Comfort Women (1999): A documentary from the Center for Asian-American Media about the Korean women forced into prostitution by the Japanese Imperial Army during WWII.