The British Library, the world’s largest library, has unveiled a new free online film which sheds light on the unique resources available to filmmakers, directors, producers and screenwriters who are looking for inspiration, research, networking and business support.
In this film, Shelagh Rowan-Legg, writer, film critic and PhD film student at King’s College London, uses the Library’s collection to write her PhD in Spanish cinema. Her research explores common threads that run through Spanish fantasy films; how have they been influenced by cinema from around the world, and what makes them uniquely Spanish.
· Sound recordings: radio, oral history, film music and soundscapes
· Moving image: 14,000 music videos, 9,000 TV programmes and news footage
· Networking opportunities through events with partners e.g. Sheffield Doc/Fest meet-ups
· Filming opportunities within the Library building (at a cost)
To coincide with this film The British Library is hosting an event on Saturday 29th March with acclaimed screenwriter, novelist and playwright Hanif Kureishi (My Beautiful Laundrette, Le Week-end) reflecting on his work in film. And on Monday 31st March 2014, award-winning screenwriter and director Tony Grisoni (The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas) will share stories about his work and doing research for films.