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Latest on 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

Archives Jean Painlevé
This French website is dedicated to the work of Jean Painlevé whose collected oeuvre of over 200 films is represented here in a selection of extracts along with stills, examples of Painlevé’s photographic work, a timeline, texts (in French) and links to other sites. Painlevé is best known for his aquatic nature films, which, with their blend of science and surrealism have come to occupy their own genre: the ‘scientific poetic’ film. Less well-known is the remarkable clay animation film Barbe Bleue (1936 – 1938), produced by Painlevé and animated by Réne Bertrand, with music by Maurice Jaubert, represented here in a clip which, although brief, shows the 1995 restoration of the film in its vivid Gasparcolor glory.

Eadweard Muybridge: Defining Modernities
This website is the result of a collaboration between Kingston University and Kingston Museum. It provides links to all known physical collections of Muybridge’s work housed in cultural organisations around the world, a selection of slideshows featuring Muybridge’s photography, accompanied by essays and contextual information, and a timeline and selective bibliography.

IWM Voices of the First World War
As part of the Imperial War Museum’s programme of events and initiatives to mark the centenary of the First World War, comes this series of podcasts, featuring recorded interviews with those who witnessed or participated in the events of 1914 – 1918. Those who were there recall major events of the war, such as Gallipoli, the Battle of the Somme and the Battle of Jutland, as well as lesser known campaigns such as the fighting in Mesopotamia. The podcasts follow a broadly chronological pattern, so that the listener can follow the events from people’s reactions to the outbreak of war, through enlisting, training, up to the grim experience of daily life in the trenches and the horrors of warfare. The podcasts come with full transcripts, illustrated with stills and paintings from the IWM’s collections.

NZ on Screen
This state-funded website provides access to a huge repository of archival film and television from New Zealand, supported by background information, credits, interviews and biographies. Content is streamed and free to view and covers television, film, short film and music video, across all genres, including documentary, Maori film, science fiction, comedy, nature films, sport, adaptations etc., providing an invaluable resource for anyone interested in the history and culture of the country and the development of its film and television industry. The film Journey For Free made by the National Film Unit in 1950 was released theatrically in the UK to encourage postwar immigration and shows three British people travelling to New Zealand and records their hopes, jobs, challenges and adventures in their new country.

Science Bulletins
The American Museum of Natural History curates this series of videos highlighting the latest developments in the fields of astronomy and astrophysics, earth science, biodiversity and human biology and evolution. The videos – which are streamed on the website or free to download – feature documentaries, visualisations and news items, all of which are accompanied by synopses, links and suggestions for use in the classroom.

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