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Danish Girl and Carol DVDsFebruary is Lesbian Gay Bisexual Trans (LGBT) History Month. This year marks 50 years since the 1967 Sexual Offences Act which partly decriminalised homosexuality in men. This had an impact on all of the LGBT community around the world.

We’ve just added these new DVDs to our catalogue for you to borrow:

The Danish Girl


Both films were nominated for Oscars last year; Eddie Redmayne (Actor in a Leading Role) with Alicia Vikander (Actress in a Supporting Role) and Cate Blanchett (Actress in a Leading Role) with Rooney Mara (Actress in a Supporting Role).  Alicia Vikander won Actress in a Supporting Role. This year’s Oscar nominees include Moonlight which is up for Best Picture and Mahershala Ali and Naomie Harris for Actor in a Supporting Role. Find out more about Moonlight on the official website.

If you didn’t catch Desert Island Discs on 10 Feb you can listen to Rugby Union referee Nigel Owens talking movingly about his sexuality and how he came out in 2007 on the BBC iPlayer.

Presentation and interview booksI was intrigued this week listening to Thursday 26 January’s episode of Thought for the Day on BBC Radio 4. It was about how the actor Orlando Bloom was flying to Manchester to help comprehensive school pupils in Cheshire learn acting skills. Orlando is teaching them how to use their voice and act. He is honing  skills that will help them present themselves well at job or university interviews. These are the kind of skills which are often neglected and help boost your confidence in communicating with others.

Orlando like many of our students has dyslexia and the acting skills helped him boost his confidence and communicate more easily with others. Although many would think acting is a way of hiding the inner self, it is in fact is a way of helping you bridge the gap in your lack of confidence and performance so you can impress your interviewers.

Our Learning Resources Centre has a number of books that will help you further with this. Here are some of our latest ones:

Posters and Presentations by Emily Blethell and Clare Milsom

Develop Your Presentation Skills by Theo Theobald

Brilliant Presentation: What the Best Presenters Know, Do and Say by Richard Hall

The Job Interview Toolkit: Excercises to Get You Fit for Your Interview by Ann Reynolds and Julie Cooper

The Interview Book : How to Prepare and Perform at Your Best in Any Interview by James Innes




Fiction books close upIn our Learning Resources Centre (LRC) we stock contemporary fiction to encourage our residential learners to get some bed time and leisure reading.

Orange Prize winning Zadie Smith is one of our favourites and we have a number of books with Zadie’s short stories and writing including Changing My Mind: Occasional Essays.

Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs on Sunday 22 September at 1115 is broadcasting Zadie’s top 10 discs for the desert island. What do you think Zadie will choose as the book to take with her? Listen to previous desert island disc residents on the BBC – Desert Island Discs web page. Her podcast will be available later on their page.

Zadie in the stream

DVD stand close upLast week BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme broadcast Goodbye to 35mm Cinema  focusing on three cinema projectionists’ reflections on the death of 35mm film and the move to digital film.

If you’re a film fan then there’s no film that encapsulates the 35mm celluloid story better than Tornatore’s Cinema Paradiso.  Set in Sicily the film tells the story of Tornatore’s childhood where he befriends the local film projectionist.  Read the review and full cast on the Internet Movie Database’s Cinema Paradiso page.

As a student or staff member at Hillcroft College you can borrow this DVD from our Learning Resources Centre for free.

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