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English-language site featuring news, biographies and filmographies covering experimental and avant garde cinema in Eastern Europe, from the 1930s to the present day. Countries covered are the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and Romania. The site features a selection of videos (mainly short films) as well as documentaries, lectures and recordings of events about the avant garde and experimental film . There are links to other sites dealing with experimental film in the above countries, as well as information about festivals, galleries and exhibition spaces.

‘Brexit Means…’ Podcast
In-depth podcast produced by The Guardian newspaper covering all aspect of Brexit, with contributions from Britons and Europeans as well as Leavers and Remainers. Led by Guardian journalist Jon Henley, the podcast features politicians, economists, lawyers, businessmen and women, campaigners and members of the public, with the aim of shedding some light on the Brexit process and what it might mean for the future of the United Kingdom and the rest of Europe.

Critical Commons
This American film studies resource describes itself as a ‘public media archive and fair use advocacy network that supports the transformative reuse of media in scholarly and creative contexts’. Critical Commons encourages users to upload footage but differs from sites such as YouTube in that it accepts only content which is accompanied by a commentary or brief essay which places the media in a critical context in order to give it an educational value. The site makes use of ‘fair use’ a doctrine in American which allows the use of copyrighted material without having to notify or contact the rights holder, so long as the use is for limited and ‘transformative’ purposes. Useful for teachers and students in film and media studies.

Open University Digital Archive
This site provides online access to a selection of the Open University’s materials – images and text-based items as well as audio and videos – as well as functioning as a record and an archive of the OU’s collections. Publicly available collections currently include over 160 images from the Historical Archives Collection, over 100 videos of OU events, such as degree ceremonies and other programmes about the OU, dating back to 1971. OU’s programmes are represented by a series of clips from courses which include science, technology and the arts. A number of online exhibitions have also been created to contextualise some of the material. These include: ‘Shakespeare at the OU’, ‘Harold Wilson and the OU’ and ‘The OU Story’.

Sam the Wheels: Local Brixton Films 1960 – 2008
Clovis Salmon – aka Sam the Wheels – is a first generation Jamaican migrant who arrived in the UK in the 1950s. Between the 1960s and the 1980s Salmon filmed the everyday life of the Caribbean community in Brixton, making him one of the first black documentary filmmakers in Britain. This site is a participatory arts project featuring digitised footage from Salmon’s personal archives as well as numerous video interviews with Brixtonians, including gay rights activists, anarchist squatters, rectors, artists, Rastafarians and dub poet Linton Kwesi Johnson. The site appears not to have been maintained for some time but most of the videos are still playing out.

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