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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

Carol

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.

jan-dvds-vertWhy not curl up somewhere warm during this cold weather and dip into one or two of our new DVDs.

Here is the latest selection added to our catalogue.

The lady in the van is a comedy featuring Maggie Smith who plays an unpleasant vagrant who pulls up on to a driveway in her clapped out van, and stays put for 15 years!

Gone girl features Ben Affleck as a husband who is subjected to the psychological uncovering of his wife’s disappearance.

The book thief is a historical film set in 1930s Germany. A young girl steals books and shares them with others as her adoptive parents are hiding a Jewish refugee.

Mad Max: Fury Road is a fast action sci-fi movie. It is set in the future in a remote area of the planet where humanity has collapsed. The couple central to the movie (Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron) aim to bring hope to desperate people trying to hold on to the necessities of life.

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Christmas DVDs and Home: a Very Short IntroductionIt’s only a few days to Christmas so why not get around the fire and watch some of the Christmas classic films:-

White Christmas

It’s a Wonderful Life

Love Actually

If you cannot borrow them from us then look out for them on television. Love Actually has several slots listed on the Radio Times website. It’s just been voted the favourite Christmas film. As does It’s a Wonderful Life.

When you  watch either of these films the theme always brings you back to being at home for Christmas which is where the latest in the series of A Very Short Introduction by Oxford University Press comes in. This new one is entitled Home by Michael Allen Fox and looks at how we define home – not just the place or dwelling itself – but also how it’s meaning has changed over time. In addition it encompasses our identity, homelessness and migration. An interesting one to mull over at Christmas…

 

Jean Rhys and Charlotte Bronte Wide Sargasso Sea and Jane Eyre DVD book and audio CDThis week our Access to Higher Education Humanities and Social Sciences students have started reading Jean Rhys’s novel the Wide Sargasso Sea. One of the students was asking me if there are any online literary criticism notes to help with novel. There are two free online from Shmoop and Spark Notes. We have a paper copy of Carl Plasa’s Jean Rhys: Wide Sargasso Sea in the Learning Resources Centre for students to borrow too.

Many of our students also find it useful to watch a DVD version of novels and plays they study. We have the Wide Sargasso Sea directed by Brendan Maher which was originally broadcast on BBC television. In addition there is a recording of a BBC Radio 3 broadcast from the 17 January 2016 which you can listen to on BBC iPlayer called the Sunday Feature, Literary Pursuits, Jean Rhys: Wide Sargasso Sea which uncovers the story behind the novel.

Our students read Rhys’s novel in tandem with Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre. Take a look at our 24 February blog post for more links on Jane Eyre material to match. Plus as this year marks the bicentenary of Charlotte Brontë’s birth there is the BBC programme Being the Brontës which was broadcast over Easter which you can rewind on the BBC iPlayer.

 

This Monday was International Women’s Day. We celebrate women’s achievements every IMG_0012day at Hillcroft College but this is an annual occasion when we can highlight women who inspire us and draw attention to gender inequalities. Names that have been put forward this week for special mention are: Anne Frank, Mary Wollstonecraft and Hildegard of Bingen. The Open University have created an interactive map showing world-changing women because women are not as visible in history. In the LRC are resources that give voices to women whose lives are remarkable in ways that wouldn’t normally make the history books or be given screen time.

Here are our top 5 resources for finding out more about women’s experiences and strength against opposition and/or oppression:

  1. ‘If you knew me you would care’ by Zainab Salbi and photographs by Rennio Maifredi. (Pictured)
  2. ‘Everyday sexism’ by Laura Bates.
  3. ‘Laughing all the way to the mosque’ by Zarqa Nawaz.
  4. ‘A Passion for Birth’ by Sheila Kitzinger.
  5. ‘The Gold Diggers’ directed by Sally Potter.

 

Transgender DVDsOn 23 November there was an article in The Guardian Benedict Cumberpatch taking on the satirical role of androgenous model All in the film Zoolander 2. This has resulted in many people boycotting the film as being transphobic based on the trailer.

If you’d like to explore more about trans/gender issues here is a taster from our selection of DVDs and books:

Albert Nobbs – Director Rodrigo Garcia

Tomboy – Director Céline Sciamma

All About My Mother – director Pedro Almodóvar

The No Nonsense Guide to Sexual Diversity – Vanessa Baird

Watch out for the DVD release of Tangerine about trans people of colour which was out on general release in the UK in November. It was shot on an iPhone.

 

 

Of Mice and MenOur GCSE English students on Preaccess A and B are studying John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men. We’ve done some research on supporting material for students and found a recording of Steinbeck on YouTube discussing Of Mice and Men and Grapes of Wrath.

For anyone doing an assignment for GCSE BBC Bitesize – Of Mice and Men has some handy links with character information, plot summary, themes and videos.

In the LRC we also have copies of:

Wnat to know more about Steinbeck’s characters from  his novels? Take a look at the Library of Congress’s John Steinbeck Map of America on the American Treasures of the Library of Congress. The map by Molly Maguire has pictures of characters and numbers on the map to indicate which novel they appear in.

If you’re into apps there’s a free download from the National Theatre with interviews with the cast James Franco and Chris O’Dowd and a Revise Of Mice and Men app on Appcrawlr.

Last but not least there’s an interview with a volunteer archivist at the National Steinbeck Center on the Authors Road: John Steinbeck, Novelist and More