Internet sites for Film

  • There are a large number of Film resources available on the web and some selected sites are listed below. There are many other useful and relevant sites available.

    Film web sites

    Further help on Internet searching

    General film sites

    Gateways and networks

    • Screen Research is a new social network established by Dr Luke McKernan, Curator of the Moving Image at the British Library. The network is designed to be an online centre for anyone interested in the study of the moving image, including researchers, lecturers and students. It provides news about upcoming conferences, festivals, and publications; information on resources, technologies and discoveries; a calendar of UK events and discussion forums on individual subjects. Members of the network can also set up their own special interest groups.

    Articles, features and reviews

    • The Film Programme on BBC Radio 4 has a web site providing features and interviews. The web site for the Radio 4 Arts programme Front Row also offers film reviews.
    • Guardian Film is part of The Guardian newspaper's Web site and film-related articles, interviews and reviews.
    • Movie Gazette is a UK-based site which contains reviews of recent screen and DVD releases. Although the majority of films covered are from Hollywood, the site also provides coverage of British, European and Asian film releases.
    • Women in Cinema: a Reference Guide A guide to the resources available for the study of women in cinema.

    Online film journals

    A number of free online film journals are available. Some provide access to full text articles, while others may offer only recent articles/reviews to non-subscribers. For details of electronic journals which the Library subscribes to, see the E-journals for Film page.

    • Empire Online Web site for the British monthly film magazine including archive of their reviews.
    • Films in Review has been published for some sixty years. Formerly a print journal it is now only available online. The web site includes a review section and the FIR Archive which provides articles from past issues, including contributions by famous filmmakers.
    • Film-Philosophy "A philosophical review of film studies and world cinema" is a peer-reviewed open access journal. Since 2016 it has been published on the Edinburgh University Press website. Pre-2016 issues are available to read.
    • Framework: The Journal of Media and Cinema the Web site provides contents pages and selected articles from this journal as well as useful web links. For access to all full text articles, you must subscribe to the journal.
    • Images - a Journal of Film and Popular Culture is an online journal providing film reviews and articles. It includes an In Focus section giving features on topics such as Film Noir, the Western and Alfred Hitchcock.
    • Jump Cut - A Review of Contemporary Media is a journal which focused on the media in its social and political context.
    • Scope is a free online journal of film studies from the staff and students of the University of Nottingham. It features articles, book and film reviews plus conference reports.
    • Screen Daily provides regularly updated news bulletins on the film industry.
    • Screening the Past is an international, refereed, electronic journal of visual media and history. It is published with the support of the La Trobe University Publications Committee and the Media Studies Program in the School of Communications, Arts and Critical Enquiry in Australia.
    • Senses of Cinema is an online film journal "devoted to the serious and eclectic discussion of cinema". The journal is published by the Cinema Studies Program at the University of Melbourne. The web site includes a listing of film festivals worldwide with relevant links
      and a critical database of great directors.
    • Sight and Sound is a monthly journal published by the BFI. The web site includes an archive of reviews and articles from the latest issue. The printed journal is available in the Headington Library at J 791.43/S and selective online issues via our A-to-Z electronic journals service .
    • Variety Web version of the American film industry journal offers news bulletins and reviews, although older articles are only available to subscribers.

    British film

    • British Council Film is produced and updated by the Film and Literature Department of the British Council and provides information about the activities of the British film industry. The site has various searchable databases including British Films in progress; Directory of International Film and Video Festivals and British Film Directors and also provides news about British films and the UK film industry.
    • British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) includes details of film-related events in the UK.
    • BBFC: official site for the British Board of Film Classification. Features include comments on cases of particular public interest, and a database of works classified by the BBFC, which gives details of the final classification, whether or not cuts were made before classification, and information on the director and principal cast members. 
    • The British Cinema History Research Project based at the School of English and American Studies in the University of East Anglia. 
    • BFI (British Film Institute) is an organisation which exists to promote greater understanding and appreciation of, and access to, film and moving image culture in the UK. 
    • Britmovie is a Web site dedicated to British cinema. It includes information about films, directors and studios plus links to other film-related Internet sites.
    • BUFVC: British Universities Film & Video Council aims to promote the production, study and use of film and related media in British higher education and research.  
    • The Arts and Humanities Research Board (AHRB) Centre for British Film and Television Studies promotes academic research on British Film and Television. AHDS Performing Arts Collections has links to a growing number of digital collections relating to the performing arts.  
    • Lux : organisation for British film and video art. Has a library and runs a regular programme of public screenings, exhibitions, talks and other events. Commissions writing on artists, which is available on the website.
    • Screenonline produced by the bfi is dedicated to the history of film and television in Britain. It provides access to a range of resources including still images, analyses, biographies, posters, press books, student guides and pointers to resources for further study. Staff and students of Oxford Brookes can also access video clips and recorded interviews from the collections of the bfi National Film and Television Archive. Note that these clips can only be accessed from Brookes PCs - there is no off-campus access to these features.
    • UK Cinema Association is a membership organisation promoting the big screen. Their facts and figures include admissions, box office, expenditure and infrastructure as well as international comparisons.

    European film

    • 100 Years of Cinema in Europe gives potted histories of the cinema in most European countries.
    • CINEFIL gives news and information on French films.
    • Cinegraph provides information on the history of German-speaking films.
    • La Cinémathèque française is an association based in Paris which is devoted to preserving and promoting French cinema. Its Web site includes articles about exhibitions and events.
    • The DEFA Film Library at the University of Amherst, Massachusetts is dedicated to the cinema of East Germany. The site provides an extensive bibliography, as well as other resources, links and conference announcements.
    • is a freely available site giving a host of information about German film, from its beginnings in 1895 to the present . The site contains details about 38,000 German films, 3,000 of which are covered in-depth by synopses, reviews, photos or posters. There is also a wealth of information about German filmmakers and a section "Theme Worlds" which allows you to study the history and development of German film. The site is also accessible in an English language version.
    • French & Francophone Cinema is a Special Interest Group (SIG) of the British Association of Film, Television and Screen Studies (BAFTSS). It produces the journal Studies in French Cinema which is available to Brookes staff and students via the E-journals by title tab on the Library homepage. The web site includes useful links and a Download Area area which contains a variety of downloadable archive material, such as a list of theses and a list of recent books in French and English on French Cinema.

    Hollywood film

    • Box Office Mojo gives box-office statistics, plus articles and reviews. You need to register to view certain parts of the site, but there is no charge.

    Independent, arthouse and world film

    • IndieWire offers in-depth coverage of the independent film scene
    • Kamera is a UK-based website providing features and reviews on arthouse, independent and world cinema.

    Film libraries and archives

    • BFI (British Film Institute) Reuben Library is the country's major national research collection on film and television. The new library is based at BFI Southbank. Its main priority is to provide comprehensive coverage of British film and television, but the collection itself is international in scope. See the BFI web pages for access details.
    • FIAF - International Federation of Film Archives is a collaborative association of the world's leading film archives. Their Web site includes contact details for all member film archives, and details of FIAF publications, conferences and educational activities.
    • Library of Congress list of "Public Moving Image Archives and Research Centers".

    Local cinemas

    Brookes links