British Universities Film & Video Council

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New additions to the Moving Image Gateway

The BUFVC Moving Image Gateway includes over 1,300 websites relating to video, multimedia and sound materials. These have been subdivided into over 40 subject areas. To suggest new entries or amendments, please contact us by email or telephone or visit the Gateway at

Dying Matters
Dying Matters is an organisation which aims to change public knowledge, attitudes and behaviours towards dying, death and bereavement. It was founded in 2009 by the National Council for Palliative Care (NCPC). The organisation has produced a number of videos which are aimed at improving communication and raising awareness.

Most of the films are free to view and are suitable for training purposes for those in the medical professions. In the film above Alexei Sayle talks to four people whose life expectancy is less than a year, discovering how humour helps them.

Econ Talk
This weekly, hour-long podcast is hosted by Professor Russell Roberts at George Mason University and features in-depth interviews with prominent economists, including Nobel laureates Joseph Steiglitz and Ronald Coase, as well as wider discussions covering the political, philosophical and ethical implications of different schools of economic thought. In this podcast from 2009, Christopher Hitchens makes the case for why George Orwell still matters. The podcasts are accompanied by transcripts, links and selective bibliographies and are free to listen to and download. A number of podcasts come with listening guides, consisting of questions and suggestions for teachers at secondary level and higher.

Film Studies for Free
Curated by Catherine Grant from the University of Sussex, this excellent website provides a wide range of useful information for students of film, including links to online journals, online PhD and MPhil theses and open access ebooks on film, along with Grant’s own comments and suggestions, as well as embedded videos of lectures and video essays.

Kinonedelja – Online Edition
The jewel in the crown of the Austrian Film Museum’s (OeFM) website is its digitised version of fourteen of the original 43 issues of the early Soviet newsreel series Kinonedelja (or Kino-Nedelya), prints of which were acquired by the museum in the 1970s. These newsreels not only provide an provide an invaluable record of life in the fledgling Soviet Russia, then in the throes of civil war, but also comprise the first films of Dziga Vertov – who soon after joining the company took on responsibility for the content and structure of each issue, and – on occasion – directed as well. The newsreels are free to view in their entirety and include full transcripts of the intertitles in German and English.

Lab, Camera, Action!
This short series of videos presented by Dr Andrew Steele from the Department of Physics at Oxford University is an object lesson in how to present complex scientific ideas in a visually engaging way, without dumbing down or overcomplicating things. The video showing how a superconducting magnetic levitation train works is a good example: a summary of superconductor theory and a compelling demonstration of one potential application compressed into a five minute video.

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