British Universities Film & Video Council

moving image and sound, knowledge and access

Project History

The project’s aim was to develop and populate a database of approximately 4,000 titles, for all known Shakespeare film, television and radio productions, plus some audio productions and video recordings of stage performances, from 1899 to the present day, and worldwide in scope. This research is now delivered through the Shakespeare website, designed as a vehicle for scholarly publication and exchange, and displaying analyses of historical trends in audio-visual Shakespeare. The database is being maintained and updated thus ensuring its long-term practical value.

The BUFVC continues to collect and maintain comprehensive data on the availability of audio-visual Shakespeare worldwide via its online database Find DVDs (previously known as HERMES), which delivers details on audio-visual materials suitable for use HE/FE in the UK. The BUFVC has most recently produced a catalogue of audio-visual material in support of English examination curricula for GCSE AS and A2 English and Drama.

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