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  1. Queen (2019)

    Director
    Katryn Elkin
    Subject
    Film studies; Women’s studies

    In this "pregnancy and baby" video, as the artist describes it, Elkin tackles, with humour and irreverence, issues around motherhood, labour and creation, personal biography, being an artist and the...

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  2. Taking London to the World: Robert Paul Shows His Native City in Motion (2019)

    Subject
    Film studies; History

    Second in a series of three lectures in which Professor Ian Christie explores key moments in the portrayal of London in cinema over the past century, and what these portrayals may mean locally and...

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  3. Private Joseph Kay (2018)

    Director
    Matt Kay
    Subject
    History; Literature

    Jackie Kay’s poem Private Joseph Kay is dedicated to her grandfather who fought at the Somme. This short film, made by award-winning director Matthew Kay, responds to the poem and the themes it raises. [7...

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  4. Freestyle (2018)

    Subject
    Film studies; History; Politics & government

    The Peterloo Massacre (16 August 1819) began as a peaceful demonstration in Manchester for rights and representation, with thousands gathering to express their views. This short film explores its legacy from...

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  5. 19th Century Craze for Steresoscopic Photograhy, The (2018)

    Subject
    Film studies; History

    Stereoscopic photography rapidly became a worldwide craze after the Great Exhibition of 1851. Cheap viewers and mass-produced stereographs brought startlingly vivid images within reach of a mass audience,...

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  6. Gothic London: Recreating the Ancient City on Screen (2018)

    Subject
    Film studies; History

    First in a series of three lectures in which Professor Ian Christie explores key moments in the portrayal of London in cinema over the past century, and what these portrayals may mean locally and...

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  7. Midsummer Night’s Dream, A (2018 Film)

    Director
    Casey Wilder Mott
    Producer
    Fran Kranz
    Subject
    Drama; Shakespeare
    Distribution
    Sale, DVD (Region 1 NTSC, 105 minutes), $20

    US film adaptation, relocated to contemporary Los Angeles. Hermia is now a movie star who falls for Lysander, a photographer; Bottom is the leader of a group of film students and Puck a surfer. Oberon is...

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  8. Mic Drop (2017)

    Director
    Keith Piper
    Subject
    American Studies; Film studies; Politics & government
    Distribution
    Sale Hire, DVD (Region 0 PAL, 12 minutes), On request

    When Obama dropped the microphone, he knew what he was doing: this gesture remains a powerful way of underlining some final words. Derived from the 1980s rap scene, it signals the point when words reach...

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  9. Letters from Baghdad (2017)

    Director
    Zeva Oelbaum; Sabine Krayenbuhl
    Subject
    Archaeology; History; Women’s studies
    Distribution
    Sale, DVD (Region 2 PAL, 95 minutes), £7.00

    Biographical documentary about the explorer, cartographer, photographer, archaeologist and ethnographer Gertrude Bell, who travelled widely in Arabia before being recruited by British military intelligence...

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  10. Multimedia 1900: Experience and Entertainment in Everyday Life (2017)

    Subject
    Film studies; History

    We know a great deal about media gadgetry in retrospect, but much less about how it was perceived and experienced by early users. Historians at the end of the 19th century have traditionally paid little...

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