Extra! Extra! Libraries Extra!

Libraries Extra enables you to enjoy extra access to your community library at times when theLibraries Extra purple square library isn’t staffed. All you need is a special Libraries Extra card to get the extra access which a member of staff can provide you with. Just bring some photo ID to get upgraded.

You will be able to visit the library, meet friends and family, get information, browse the stock and read. You can also borrow and return books, CDs and DVDs and make payments through the self-service kiosk , book onto and use a public computer, and print documents. In short, all the services you already use and love. There will be a dedicated phone line which you can contact staff on our Info Hub if you need help. There is also CCTV that is monitored for your safety and security.

At a time when many authorities are cutting back on library services and closing libraries this is an innovative initiative to not only keep libraries open but extend their availability. We hope to see Libraries Extra enable your community library to become a vibrant community hub and welcome community groups to come on board.

More info about Libraries Extra

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Pssssst…..Jubilee Library Book Sale


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STOP THE PRESS! Specialist book sale at Jubilee Library


A great opportunity has come up for lovers and collectors of specialist books to expand their collections!  Jubilee Library is holding an ex-stock sale from 23rd-26th June, focusing on Art and Design, Music, Vintage/Historical Periodicals, Architecture and much more.  Pre-sale viewings and offers welcome.  Email hovelibrarybookshop@brighton-hove.gov.uk to see the collections.

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Building a reading community at Woodingdean Primary – Part 2

wood-4By Kathryn Coleman, Woodingdean Reading Ambassadors Volunteer Coordinator

Third week into the Reading Ambassador volunteering and I thought I would join the 60 Year 1 (ages 5 and 6) from Woodingdean on their weekly visit yesterday to see how it was going and chat to some of the children and volunteers.

There seemed an infinite number of children clutching their books leaving the school, yet despite the hoards, you really could have heard a pin drop. Almost without exception, all were deeply buried in their book or sharing favourite bits to their neighbours in the queue. They weren’t eating them, hitting each other with them or chucking them! This looked very promising. ‘My book is about dinosaurs. That’s a Tinysaurus Rex on the front,’ Brandon volunteered. ‘Not so Tiny,’ I pointed out. That opened the flood gates and then they all wanted to tell me about their book!

wood-1‘Look where you’re going!’ a teacher helpfully suggested. Oh dear, a potential Health and Safety disaster! I was amazed, however, at how they had all seemed to master the skill of walking and reading. Brilliant start!

We arrived at the library and let ourselves in. The volunteers were already waiting and the children that they had been working with on previous weeks made a bee-line for them.  A happy reunion. Great! The rest of the 60 quickly gravitated towards the children’s section of the library and quietly and sensibly began their selection. Again, I was really pleasantly surprised at how quietly focussed they all seemed. They quickly settled into one of the many comfy chairs or tucked themselves into a quiet corner, either alone or in a small group and began reading. No riots, arguments or general mucking about?  Impressive! The sun was streaming into the room and I genuinely felt a wave of peaceful well-being. This was clearly a special moment in the week for these children and I marvelled at the sea of smiley faces deeply engrossed in their books.

wood-2A couple of the volunteer had already grabbed a handful of books that they already knew would hold the attention and interest of their child. One of the children had been talking about their love of spiders and there were a few non-fiction spider books alongside a copy of The Very Busy Spider on the table.

I left the volunteers to it and spent a really lovely half an hour sharing a book about Potties with Ronnie and learning about Tuataras with Vishikh.

After the children had left to go back to school I took a minute to check in with the volunteers to see how it was going. They were all very positive about the sessions. The children were loving have stories read to them about things they were interested in and were becoming more relaxed and confident to have a go and read to the volunteers. Lesley said “I’m not sure this is really relevant but Jake asked me today ‘how old actually are you?’ and when I replied that I was 72 his response was ‘how are you even alive?!!’ We had a good giggle about that but I thought afterwards how great it is that the generations were coming together in the community under the banner of reading in the safety of the local library. More to follow.

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Calling all comic lovers!

Welcome to our newest electronic resource – ComicsPlus!

Similar to Zinio (our free subscription magazine service), ComicsPlus offers unlimited access to over 16,000 popular and classic comic titles.

Here it is.


Here are a few things you’ll need to know:

  • Comics Plus is free and can be used both in the library and remotely, anytime, anywhere.
  • As a streaming service you will need to be connected to the internet to view ComicsPlus content.
  • If you have an Apple device, get the ComicsPlus Library Edition App and download items to read offline.
  • You can check out an unlimited number of titles.
  • Currently we have access to titles from publishers including Dark Horse, BOOM! Studios, Dynamite, IDW, Peanuts and Archie with more titles being added all the time.

Look out for our future blog posts spotlighting publishers, new content and staff picks.

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Get online in libraries

It’s becoming more essential than ever to be online in order to operate in today’s world. More of our day to day services are based online, many will only be available online soon and money savings can be made if you’re online.

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As you’re reading this you’re probably aware of all this, but you may know someone who would benefit from getting online. Libraries can help. We run free one to one sessions teaching internet basics.

The sessions are informal, customer focused and have already helped hundreds of people become digitally literate. If you know someone who would benefit let them know how we can help.

Details here


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Building a Reading Community at Woodingdean Primary

On my way through the gates this morning, I passed a group of year 4 boys waiting to come into school. Delightfully, I overheard one of the boys say to his pals “did you know that my library card allows me to take out books from any library in Brighton and Hove?” Eureka! Here was a boy who not only saw books and reading as a pleasurable pass time, but felt the need to infect his friends with this enthusiasm.

wood4My name is Kathryn Coleman and I am the Every Child a Reader teacher at Woodingdean Primary School. I am a trained literacy specialist teacher with an overall remit to enable all our pupils to leave primary school as readers. At Woodingdean we appreciate the need to ensure all our children are not only able to read but, more importantly, develop a life-long love of reading. Research tells us that reading for pleasure is more likely to result in a child reaching academic success than their socio-economic background. Important then that in addition to teaching children the mechanics of reading, we foster the joy around books. This is why we have been committed to Building a Reading Community and looking to our neighbours in the local community to help us.

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We are really lucky at Woodingdean that we have a beautiful modern library on our doorstep. We work really closely with our friends at the library to ensure our children get to make the most of this wonderful facility.

Every class has a weekly 45 minute session using our Libraries Extra card. This enables us to use the facility alongside members of the public who are also card holders but when the library is closed. The children are able to browse independently through the fantastic selection of books. Due to the close working with our library colleagues, many of the books available to borrow are the ‘must-reads’ on our Literature Spine or books by the same world class authors which helps us to ensure that all children have access to the best reads around.

Reading Ambassadors- Library Volunteers

This term, we are piloting a new and exciting volunteer programme.

We appreciate the important role that significant adults play in fostering the idea wood3in children’s minds that reading can be entertaining. Many children have books at home, share books and book talk with adults and also see them  engrossed in a good book. However, this is not always the case for a number of different reasons. In order to try and give all children the same opportunity to become lovers of reading, we have invited local people to volunteer to help.

This week our lovely team of budding volunteer Reading Ambassadors will attend a training session at the school. The volunteers come from all walks of life with a wealth of skills and experiences. However, they all have a love of reading and some experience with children. We will be looking at how we can harness their own love of books and reading and try to instil that enthusiasm in our pupils. The idea is that they will meet up with the identified children during their library visits once a week for eight weeks. They will help and support them in choosing, reading and discussing books. By doing so, we hope they will encourage a life-long love of reading.

I was overwhelmed at our introductory meeting by the level of enthusiasm and expertise we have lurking in our community behind closed doors.  Let’s hope that we can put that to good use. Watch this space!

If you are interested in finding out more about becoming a Reading Ambassador please e-mail me on kathryncoleman@woodingdean.brighton-hove.sch.uk or call 01273 680811

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March Madness at Hove Library Bookshop

We previously posted about the bookshop at Hove Library.  Well, this month only there is a special deal going on – choose any two items and the cheapest one is free!

Also, please check out our exclusive ebay store, which is where we auction off some of our rarer and hard to find titles –


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DVD New Releases – February 2016

Hello there,

Here is a selection of February DVD releases from Brighton and Hove City Libraries. Click on the image of the film or the title, to be redirected to the appropriate catalogue entry.

By using our catalogue – you can find out more about the film, write a review and place a reservation.


The LobsterThe Lobster – Science Fiction – 119 min

Yorgos Lanthimos co-writes and directs this surreal sci-fi comedy drama starring Colin Farrell. Set in a dystopian future where failure to find a partner is unacceptable, recently widowed David (Farrell) is given just 45 days to find a replacement partner. In line with the rules of The City, singletons are taken to The Hotel where they are forced to find a mate and those that fail to pair up are transformed into an animal of their choosing and sent into the surrounding woods. Although David appears less desperate than some of his fellow guests to forge a new relationship, he tries his best to create a union with a fellow cold-hearted resident (Angeliki Papoulia). But after his latest attempt at a relationship fails, David flees The Hotel and into the wilderness where he falls in love with a Loner (Rachel Weisz) despite the militant group’s ban on romantic interactions.

MacbethMacbeth – Drama – 113 min

Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard star in this adaptation of Shakespeare’s tragedy. After three witches foretell that Scottish nobleman Macbeth (Fassbender) will be king he becomes obssessed by the idea. Encouraged by his wife Lady Macbeth (Cotillard), his ambition becomes all-consuming and he kills the reigning monarch, King Duncan (David Thewlis). But Macbeth becomes a tyrannical ruler, filled with anxiety over who he can trust… The cast also includes Elizabeth Debicki, Sean Harris, Paddy Considine and David Hayman.

The MartianThe Martian – Science Fiction – 141 min

Matt Damon stars in this award-winning sci-fi comedy drama directed by Ridley Scott. During a mission to Mars, a crew of NASA astronauts are caught in a storm that leaves Mark Watney (Damon) missing and presumed dead. As the rest of the crew return to Earth, Watney awakens to find himself surrounded by the desolate landscape of the red planet. With no way to communicate the news of his survival back to Earth, Watney must figure out a way to prolong his life expectancy until the next NASA mission visits the planet in approximately four years. The all-star cast includes Kristen Wiig, Jeff Daniels, Jessica Chastain and Chiwetel Ejiofor. The film won Golden Globe Awards for Best Motion Picture – Musical Or Comedy and Best Actor – Musical Or Comedy (Damon) and was nominated for seven Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Visual Effects and Best Actor (Damon).

SpectreSpectre – Thriller – 148 min

Daniel Craig returns as 007 in the 24th instalment of the James Bond franchise. After the devastating attack on MI6, a cryptic message leads Bond on a rogue mission to Rome where he meets Lucia Sciarra (Monica Bellucci), the widow of a notorious crime lord. On infiltrating a top secret meeting, Bond discovers the existence of the global crime organisation SPECTRE and sets about trying to expose them and ultimately bring them down. The cast also includes Ralph Fiennes, Christoph Waltz and Ben Whishaw. The film’s theme song ‘Writing’s On the Wall’, written by Sam Smith and Jimmy Napes, won the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song.

Crimson PeakCrimson Peak – Horror – 119 min

Guillermo del Toro co-writes and directs this gothic horror starring Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston and Charlie Hunnam. Set in rural Cumbria in the 19th century, the film follows young author Edith Cushing (Wasikowska) as she meets and falls in love with the wealthy and mysterious Sir Thomas Sharpe (Hiddleston). However, after Edith moves into Crimson Peak, the Sharpe family home, to live with Thomas and his sister Lady Lucille (Chastain) she realises that there is much more to the Sharpe family and house than meets the eye…

Television Shows

Deutchland 83Deutschland 83 – World – German Language – 3 discs

All eight episodes of the German TV drama set during the height of the Cold War. In a paranoid and divided Germany in 1983, 24-year-old East German border patrol guard Martin Rauch (Jonas Nay) is recruited by the East Germany Secret Service to go undercover as a West German soldier. In his role as an oberleutnant, Martin assumes the identity of Moritz Stamm and, while serving under Major General Wolfgang Edel (Ulrich Noethen), gathers intelligence on the West’s military activities and culture.

Girls - The Complete Fourth SeasonGirls: The Complete Fourth Season – Comedy – 2 discs

All ten episodes from the fourth season of the Golden Globe-winning HBO comedy drama following a group of 20-something women in New York. The show’s creator Lena Dunham stars as Hannah, a struggling writer living in Brooklyn who finds herself broke when her parents decide to cut off their financial support. As she attempts to deal with the trials of life including problems at work and in her relationship with Adam (Adam Driver), her friends Marnie (Allison Williams), Jessa (Jemima Kirke) and Shoshanna (Zosia Mamet) each battle with their own issues. In this series, Hannah embarks on a creative writing college course in Iowa, whilst Shoshanna struggles to find employment as a recent graduate. Marnie and her musical partner Desi (Ebon Moss-Bachrach) struggle to reconcile their ambitions and creative differences, and Jessa and Adam’s chaotic lives cross-over.

Fear the Walking DeadFear the Walking Dead: The Complete First Season – Drama – 2 discs

All six episodes from the first season of ‘The Walking Dead’ prequel. Set in L.A. California, the programme follows the lives of Madison Clark (Kim Dickens) and her family; boyfriend Travis (Cliff Curtis), her daughter Alicia (Alycia Debnam Carey) and her drug-addicted son Nick (Frank Dillane), at the beginning of a zombie apocalypse. When Nick first identifies a zombie after awakening in a drug den not many people believe his stories. But they are soon forced to after the walking dead begin to overrun the city, prompting the military to be called in to restore order. Quarantined in an area known as the ‘Dead Zone’, Madison, Travis and their children try their best to resume their normal lives for as long as they can, before their goals change solely to survival.

War and PeaceWar and Peace – Drama – 3 discs

Paul Dano, Lily James and James Norton star in this six-part BBC dramatisation of Tolstoy’s epic novel. Set in 1805, the drama chronicles the changing fortunes of Russia’s elite class during the country’s war with the French Empire. The miniseries follows Pierre Bezukhov (Dano), the illegitimate son of a wealthy count, his friend Andrei Bolkonsky (Norton) who enlists in the army, and Natasha Rostov (James) as they search for love and meaning in their lives during the Napoleonic Wars.

CapitalCapital – Drama – 1 disc

Toby Jones stars in this three-part BBC adaptation of John Lanchester’s novel. The drama centres around the residents of the fictional Pepys Road in South London, where houses cost a small fortune. Occupiers of the street vary from those who have lived there since before the London property boom, including elderly widow Petunia Howe (Gemma Jones), to the recently moved in wealthier residents, including banker Roger Hunt (Jones). After all of the street’s residents receive mysterious postcards bearing the message ‘We want what you have’, the interweaving connections between them begin to unravel.

World Cinema

Fidelio - Alice's JourneyFidelio – Alice’s Journey – World – French Language – 97 min

Ariane Labed stars in the title role of this French drama co-written and directed by Lucie Borleteau. The story follows 30-year-old marine engineer Alice (Labed), who works below deck in the engine room of the Fidelio freighter. Despite spending months apart because of her job, Alice enjoys a steady relationship with her Norwegian boyfriend Felix (Anders Danielsen Lie). But Alice’s loyalty is tested when her ex-boyfriend Gael (Melvil Poupaud) is named as the new captain of her ship and dormant feelings for her old flame are reignited.

The Second MotherThe Second Mother – World – Portuguese Language – 112 min

Brazilian drama written and directed by Anna Muylaert. 13 years ago, Val (Regina Casé) left her daughter Jéssica (Camila Márdila) with relatives in Pernambuco so she could go to work in São Paulo as a housemaid for a wealthy family and a nanny to their son Fabinho (Michel Joelsas). When Jéssica comes to São Paulo to apply to university she stays with her mother in the family’s house. Despite feeling guilty for leaving Jéssica behind, Val finds living with her opinionated daughter a challenge…


Taxi Taxi Tehran – World – Persian/English Language – 82 min

Persian documentary from film-maker Jafar Panahi. After being banned from making films by the Iranian government and placed under house arrest, Panahi poses as a taxi driver and drives around the busy streets of Tehran picking up passengers and recording their conversations. Along with his diverse subjects, who include teachers, students and pirate DVD sellers, Panahi discusses the social challenges that Iranian citizens face on a daily basis.

Death of a gentlemanDeath of a Gentleman – Documentary – 99 mins

Documentary about the increase in Twenty20 cricket across the world and what this means for the sport. Film-makers Sam collins and Jarrod Kimber meet with players, ex-players, sports journalists and broadcasters and talk about the future of Test cricket as the leaner and more profitable Twenty20 cricket rises in popularity.


Hiroshima Mon AmourHiroshima Mon Amour – World – French/Japanese Language – 86 min

A French actress and a Japanese architect have an affair while the actress is making a movie in Hiroshima. Their pasts are slowly re-traced, revealing that his life was destroyed by the atomic bomb which was dropped on the city, and that she was imprisoned as a wartime collaborator. Alain Resnais’ first feature from 1959. The screenplay is by Maguerite Duras.

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What we do in the shadowsWhat We Do In The Shadows – Comedy – 85 min

Vampire comedy written by and starring Jermaine Clement and Taika Waititi. As three vampires, Viago (Waititi), Vladislav (Clement) and Deacon (Jonathan Brugh), who share a house together, try to get along with everyday tasks like cleaning, paying rent and trying to get into nightclubs, they meet Nick (Cori Gonzalez-Macuer), a modern vampire with a passion for partying. When Nick takes his three new friends to a club to let off some steam, it quickly becomes clear that the others are not used to the modern world and he must train them in the art of social etiquette amongst humans.

Did you know?

Whats newWe compile a monthly list of all of our latest DVD titles on the catalogue? It is called ‘New Films’ and is part of our ‘What’s New’ section.

To see the current list of DVD releases, click here.

Thanks for reading,

Duncan Andrews – Library Officer

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DVD New Releases – January 2016

Hello there,

Here is a selection of January DVD releases from Brighton and Hove City Libraries. Click on the image of the film or the title, to be redirected to the appropriate catalogue entry.

By using our catalogue – you can find out more about the film, write a review and place a reservation.


45 Years45 Years – Drama – 95 min

Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay star as an aged couple in this British drama written and directed by Andrew Haigh. In the run-up to their 45th wedding anniversary, Kate (Rampling) and Geoff Mercer (Courtenay) are rocked by the news that the body of Geoff’s former fiancée has been discovered in the Swiss Alps, 50 years after she disappeared on a walking holiday with Geoff. Although Kate knew of Geoff’s first love he kept their engagement a secret. As Geoff reminisces about his past and debates whether to fly to Switzerland to formally identify the body, his wife is left to re-evaluate their long relationship. As Kate finalises preparations for their anniversary party, she begins to delve deeper into her husband’s past and makes new discoveries that threaten to spell the end for their 45-years of marriage. Rampling was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress.

The Diary of a Teenage GirlThe Diary of a Teenage Girl – Drama – 102 min

Bel Powley, Kristen Wiig and Alexander Skarsgård star in this coming-of-age comedy drama adapted from the graphic novel by Phoebe Gloeckner. Set in the 1970s, the story follows teenager Minnie Goetze (Powley), who embarks on an affair with Monroe (Skarsgård), her mother Charlotte (Wiig)’s boyfriend. As she begins to discover her sexuality and searches for love Minnie keeps a record of her journey in her diary.

Straight Outta ComptonStraight Outta Compton – Drama – 147 min

Hip hop biopic detailing the rise of American gangsta rap group N.W.A directed by F. Gary Gray. The film shows how aspiring rappers Eazy-E (Jason Mitchell), Dr. Dre (Corey Hawkins), Ice Cube (O’Shea Jackson Jr.), MC Ren (Aldis Hodge) and DJ Yella (Neil Brown Jr.) all met on the tough streets of Compton, California, during the 1980s and how they formed the group which would later become one of the most controversial and seminal acts in the history of hip hop music. The film was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.

LoveLove – Drama – 135 min

Gaspar Noé writes, directs and produces this explicit romantic drama. The story follows American film student Murphy (Karl Glusman) who has split-up with his French girlfriend Elektra (Aomi Muyock) after cheating on her with another woman, named Omi (Klara Kristin). Two years later, a worried phone call from Elektra’s mother causes Murphy to spend New Year’s Eve in search of his former lover as he ponders how their relationship fell apart

LegendLegend – Drama – 131 min

Brian Helgeland writes and directs this crime thriller starring Tom Hardy in the dual role of infamous gangster twins Ronald and Reginald Kray. The film chronicles the Kray twins’ career during the 1950s and ’60s as they tighten their tyrannical rule over London. With Ronnie’s mental stability in question Reggie attempts to keep him under control while embarking on a romance with the beautiful Frances Shea (Emily Browning). Meanwhile, Detective Superintendent Leonard ‘Nipper’ Read (Christopher Eccleston) tries to bring the Krays down. The cast also includes David Thewlis, Colin Morgan, Taron Egerton and Tara Fitzgerald.

Television Shows

True Detective - The Complete Second SeasonTrue Detective – The Complete Second Season – Drama – 3 Discs

All eight episodes of the second season of the anthology crime drama created by Nic Pizzolatto. In this season, set in California, Detective Ray Velcoro (Colin Farrell), Detective Sergeant Ani Bezzerides (Rachel McAdams) and Highway Patrol Officer Paul Woodrugh (Taylor Kitsch) investigate the murder of bent city manager Ben Caspere. Career criminal and the dead man’s business partner Frank Semyon (Vince Vaughn) discovers that over $5 million he gave to Caspere has been embezzled, money with which he was planning to invest in a rail deal in order to set him and his wife Jordan (Kelly Reilly) on the straight and narrow. Hoping to get his money back, Frank begins his own investigation into the murder. Each of the characters also has to deal with problems in their personal lives.

Peter Kay's Car SharePeter Kay’s Car Share – Comedy – 1 Disc

All six episodes from the first series of the BBC sitcom starring Peter Kay and Sian Foulkes. After their supermarket implements a new company car share scheme, employees John and Kayleigh (Kay and Foulkes) are paired together for their daily commute. Travelling in John’s Fiat 500, the assistant manager and promotions rep listen to Forever FM as they learn more about each other’s lives on their daily trips to and from the supermarket.

Peep ShowPeep Show: Series 9 – Comedy – 1 Disc

All six episodes from the ninth and final series of the Channel 4 comedy chronicling the private – and totally dysfunctional – inner thoughts of two flatmates, Mark (David Mitchell) and Jeremy (Robert Webb), living in post-credit-crunch Croydon. In this series, Mark is still bitter over Jez’s refusal to apologise for falling in love with Dobbie (Isy Suttie), six months after she moved to New York. But the two friends are forced to put aside their differences for Super Hans’ wedding, where Mark is taking on best man duties.

CuffsCuffs – Drama – 3 Discs

All eight episodes from the first series of the BBC crime drama. The programme follows the serving officers of the South Sussex Police Force as they deal with the daily challenges of the front line, including rookie PC Jake Vickers (Jacob Ifan), whose father is the Chief Superintendent, and his partner PC Ryan Draper (Ashley Walters). As they attend to various incidents including a dognapping, fighting naturists and public schoolboy muggings the officers’ personal lives are affected by their work.

And then there were noneAnd Then There Were None – Drama – 1 Disc

Douglas Booth and Charles Dance star in this three-part BBC adaptation of the classic crime novel by Agatha Christie. When ten strangers are invited to stay on an isolated island off the Devonshire coast, they find that the owners, Mr and Mrs Owen, are nowhere to be seen. As, gradually, each member of the party is killed, the remaining holidaymakers become increasingly suspicious of their fellow islanders…

World Cinema

EdenEden – World – French Language – 131 min

Félix de Givry stars in this French drama written by Mia Hansen-Løve and her brother Sven Hansen-Løve, on whose life the film is based. Paul (de Givry) is a troubled young man in need of a path and purpose in life. When he travels to Paris and discovers the world of underground music, he realises that he has found his true calling in life and sets about learning how to be a DJ. As he gets sucked into the seedy world that comes with life as a DJ, Paul quickly finds himself hooked on drugs, sex and hard-hitting bass. However, as Paul ages his music ages too and he struggles to keep up with the changing pace of the beats he once knew.

Mia MadreMia Madre – World – Italian Language – 107 min

Nanni Moretti directs, co-writes and stars in this Italian drama. The story follows acclaimed film-maker Margherita (Margherita Buy) as she approaches an emotional breakdown whilst struggling to cope with her mother Ada (Giulia Lazzarini)’s illness during the shooting of her latest feature. Unable to understand or fully confront her mother’s hospitalisation, Margherita is forced to lean on her brother Giovanni (Moretti) as she ponders the potential loss of their mother. Outside of the hospital, the director’s life is made increasingly difficult on-set of her new political drama by its confrontational main star, American actor Barry Huggins (John Turturro).


Grizzly ManGrizzly Man – Documentary – 103 min

Documentary from acclaimed director Werner Herzog which explores the life and death of amateur grizzly bear expert and wildlife preservationist Timothy Treadwell. Treadwell lived unarmed among the bears for 13 summers and filmed his adventures in the wild during his final five seasons. Herzog uses Treadwell’s own startling documentary footage to paint a nuanced portrait of a complex and compelling figure while exploring larger questions about the uneasy relationship between man and nature.

AmyAmy – Documentary – 127 min

Asif Kapadia directs this documentary focusing on the late British singer-songwriter Amy Winehouse. Featuring archive footage and interviews with the artist herself, the feature chronicles Amy’s life and successful music career which was cut short when she died from alcohol intoxication in 2011 aged 27. In addition to private home footage, those that knew Amy, including her father Mitch, husband Blake Feilder-Civil and collaborator Mark Ronson, discuss her life, career and notorious struggles with drugs, alcohol and eating disorders.


Magic Lantern CycleMagic Lantern Cycle: Kenneth Anger – Drama – 3 Discs

This set brings together ten films by influential cult director Kenneth Anger and a documentary about him by Elio Gelminis. This compilation of his works comprises of: ‘Fireworks’ (1947), ‘Puce Moment’ (1949), ‘Rabbit’s Moon’ (1950/1971), ‘Eaux D’Artifice’ (1953), ‘Inaugaration of the Pleasure Dome’ (1954), ‘Scorpio Rising’ (1964), ‘Kustom Kar Kommandos’ (1965), ‘Invocation of My Demon Brother’ (1969), ‘Rabbit’s Moon’ (1979 version) and ‘Lucifer’s Rising’ (1981).

One you may have missed

Wolf Hall Wolf Hall – Drama – 2 Discs

Six-part Golden Globe-winning adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s historical novels documenting the rise to power of Thomas Cromwell (Mark Rylance) in the court of Henry VIII (Damian Lewis). The programme begins as the King, lacking a male heir, tries desperately to annul his marriage to Katherine of Aragon (Joanne Whalley). But when her successor, Anne Boleyn (Claire Foy), also fails to satisfy this desire, she becomes paranoid that she too will meet the same fate. Meanwhile, Cromwell searches for an excuse to expel Anne from the court so Henry can be with Jane Seymour (Kate Phillips) whilst also ensuring that parliament will acknowledge the King as head of the Church of England.

Did you know?

Whats newWe compile a monthly list of all of our latest DVD titles on the catalogue? It is called ‘New Films’ and is part of our ‘What’s New’ section.

To see the current list of DVD releases, click here.

Thanks for reading,

Duncan Andrews – Library Officer

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