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We have been busy searching for and ordering DVDs that feature brilliant actors such as Julie Christie and Glenn Close in their later years. Media representations of older people can be mainly of stereotypes, such as the grumpy old man or the nice little old lady. These films go beyond the stereotypes and open our world to view from different perspectives. Many books and films use the story-telling device of having an older person looking back on their youth and the events that happened to them. These movies don’t do that, they focus on the present time of the characters and what happens after or approaching retirement age.

The themes that they cover include loyalty, the autumn of life and separation of loved ones through death and traumatic experiences. ‘Away from Her’, ‘Still Mine’ and ‘Poetry’ also deal with the difficult subject of Alzheimer’s disease (a form of dementia). ‘Albert Nobbs’ is about a butler who wants to get away from his job in which he has had to pretend to be a man for 30 years. It’s not all doom and gloom though as ‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’ paints a humourous portrait of older people from Britain adapting to new situations in India.

You can borrow up to 3 DVDs (free of charge) during staffed hours 9.00am-5.30pm, Monday to Friday. We have many more you can browse too, there’s bound to be something you’re interested in. You can recommend something by leaving a comment below or speak with us.

Look Back in Anger play, DVD and literary criticismOur Access to Higher Education students are  studying John Osborne’s play Look Back in Anger as part of their literature course.

We’ve got two DVD versions of Osborne’s play which students can borrow from the Learning Resources Centre ( LRC ) directed by Judi Dench and Tony Richardson. The Judi Dench TV film is available on YouTube. As is the Tony Richardson version split into two parts; 12, 3 and 4. There is an interview with Osborne broadcast in 1957 on ITV. You can also watch a Tony Palmer programme on the playwright John Osborne – The Gift of Friendship.

We’ve also got copies of the play to borrow and an audio CD of the LA Theatre Works production of the play directed by Rosalind Ayres and the literary criticism by Aleks Sierz called John Osborne’s Look Back in Anger. On the Internet you’ll find a literary guide on GradeSaver.

If you fancy a trip to see his first editions, uncorrected proofs and ephemera related to the launch of his films visit the British Library’s John Osborne page and you’ll also find a link to his papers in the Harry Ransom Humanities Center in Austin, Texas.

DVD and fiction standsIf you’re a fan of the New Zealand director Jane Campion you’ll be aware of her Oscar winning film the Piano. This Saturday 13 July her mini series Top of the Lake starts at 2100 on BBC 2 starring  Mad Men‘s Elisabeth Moss. Top of the Lake is a crime drama set in New Zealand’s South Island.

Here at Hillcroft’s Learning Resources Centre we like to offer films by inspirational female film directors like Jane Campion so you can also borrow from us some of her other films from our Online Public Access Catalogue (OPAC):

Bright Star – starring Abbie Cornish  and Ben Whishaw about the relationship of Fannie Brawn and the romantic poet John Keats.

In the Cut – starring Meg Ryan and Mark Ruffalo about Frannie a university lecturer who falls for a New York detective investigating a number of murders.

Read the reviews of In the Cut, Brightstar and The Piano on the Internet Movie Database (IMDB).

 


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