Film and Video Resources
Resources for film clips & videos.
Digital Theatre Plus
Unique films of leading British theatre productions, behind-the-scenes documentaries and written teaching and learning resources aid deeper understanding of productions and texts. Includes works from:
LA Theatre Works (audio works)
Broadway Digital Archive
Eclipse Theatre (black-led touring company)
DV8 Media portal
Institutional membership gives access to 20 video clips and their accompanying resources as well as the full-length recordings of two stage productions: "To be straight with you" and "Can we talk about this?"
Einstein on the beach
Robert Wilson, Philip Glass and Lucinda Child's 4.5 hour "Einstein on the beach" streamed to computer, phone, tablet or TV.
Thanks to Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris and France’s Culturebox.
From the Contemporary Performance website.
BBC Shakespeare Archive
The site contains hundreds of TV and radio programmes from the BBC’s Shakespeare collection, as well as more than a thousand photos from classic Shakespeare productions.The programmes on this site are only available for streamed playback in an educational setting, such as in a classroom, lecture theatre or for academic research. If you have mislaid the username and password please contact the College Librarian.
The Global Shakespeares Video & Performance Archive is an ambitious and collaborative archive, providing online access to striking and original performances of Shakespeare in various cultural and national contexts.
The Globe Theatre became the first theatre in the world to offer its own video-on-demand platform. Over fifty productions are currently available to rent (for about £2.99) or to own (about £4.99).
National Theatre: Discover more
Go backstage at the National Theatre and access a substantial video library of short films about productions and the varied and specialist skills that go into making theatre.
Performance Design Archive
The first comprehensive, international collection that covers all aspects of theater production design, from the 17th century through to the present day, including scenic and set design, lighting design, sound design, costume design, and makeup. Bringing together essential books and periodicals, archival material, and specially commissioned instructional videos, the collection will cover design concepts for a broad range of performance types, including dance, theatre, opera, and music.
Routledge Performance Archive
Browse through the list of practitioners, from legendary figures to contemporary pioneers.
Explore content thematically and discover fascinating relationships between concept and content. Table of Contents
Royal Court Theatre Timeline
Tracing the history of the Royal Court Theatre from 1955 onwards, with links to information on, and videos of, drama productions.
V&A Performance Recordings
The National Video Archive of Performance (NVAP) makes high quality archival recordings of live performance without payment of artists' fees for research purposes.
These recordings are not available online: they need to be viewed at the V&A.
All the world's a stage: one man's journey through the theatre (YouTube)
A 13 part series by Ronald Harwood covering a history of world theatre, from the time of the ancient Greeks to the the present day.
Episode 1. Prologue: Makers of Magic
Episode 2. Enter Dionysus
Episode 3: Now comes my comedy
Episode 4: Mysteries
Episode 5: A muse of fire
Episode 6: Such stuff as dreams are made of
Episode 7: The vices of mankind
Episode 8: Silk stockings and white bosoms
Episode 9: A world turned upside down
Episode 10: The master builders
Episode 11: The actors don't understand
Episode 12: Razzmatazz and Realism
Episode 13: Admit me, chorus, to this history
Art in cinema
News, biographies and filmographies covering experimental and avant-garde cinema in eastern Europe, from the 1930s too the present day.
BFI Britain on Film
A new project from the BFI that reveals histories and stories of people and places from the UK's film and TV archives. Everybody in the UK has free access to thousands of film and TV titles featuring where they live, grew up, went to school, holidayed as a child or any place of interest in Britain.
BFI Inview (JISC)
Over 2000 non-fiction film and television titles from British Film Institute's National Archive.
A video-on-demand service from the British Film Institute, making great films available and offering a mix of free (60%) and pay-per-view (40%) titles.
A new website aiming to make 90,000 British Pathe items easier to find.
Aims to bring to its audience the widest collection of documentary films from around the World Wide Web. It is one of the few CURATED search engines on the Internet and has researched and indexed thousands of films, hundreds of sites and numerous databases from around the globe.
Free online access to audio-visual heritage from over 20 European broadcasters and AV archives.
News on Screen (BUFVC)
British newsreel coverage 1910-1979, with 40,000 newsreels from the Pathe collection.
725+ free movies online, including documentaries, silent films, animations, film noir and with sections for the films of Hitchcock, Chaplin & Tarkovsky.
Top Documentary Guide
Watch free documentaries online.
Video search engine specialising in educational content providing access to 7800 videos of lectures and conferences.