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Join us November 27 for a screening of Baz Luhrmann’s modern take on Romeo + Juliet

Starring Claire Danes and Leonardo DiCaprio, this 1996 version of Shakespeare’s play features visually stunning and colourful sets as the Montagues and Capulets wage war and star-cross lovers meet their tragic destiny. 

Hosted by Sarah Grant, a PhD student from Simon Fraser University, this Cinema Salon noon screening is free. 

Location: Koerner Library, room 216

Genre: Drama, Romance
Run time: 120 minutes


For more information on the Videomatica Collection or the Cinema Salon series, please visit videomatica.library.ubc.ca.

Two new video streaming trial resources are now available for students, faculty and staff.


Kanopy Video Streaming will be available until December 6. Kanopy features thousands of videos from producers around the world, with a powerful user interface. Video topics cover a wide range of disciplines, including humanities, arts, business training and K-12 education.

For more details visit the Kanopy resource page.


Criterion-on-Demand will be available until December 31, with access to more than 2900 streamed feature films. Titles include everything from new releases and foreign films to 1920s classics. In addition to featuring smaller independent producers, the collection also includes films from Miramax Films, Warner Brothers, Paramount Pictures and 20th Century Fox.  including classics, new releases, foreign films, literary adaptations, documentaries, animated titles, and independent features.

For more details visit the resource page.


As with all resource trials, the Library welcomes feedback. Visit the resource page to find the feedback link.

Don’t miss our new monthly series of screenings from the UBC Library’s feature film collection in Koerner Library. On the last Thursday of every month, join lovers of cinema to view and discuss titles from the Videomatica Collection

The inaugural screening this term will be hosted by Stephen Heatley, Professor of Theatre, on Thursday September 25, at noon, in Koerner 216 with a screening of Trevor Nunn’s film version of Twelfth Night (1996).

Twelfth Night, starring Helena Bonham Carter, Richard E. Grant, and Ben Kingsley, is Shakespeare’s classic comedy of gender confusion, in which a girl disguises herself as a man to be near the count she adores, only to be pursued by the woman he loves. This film screening coincides with the opening of the Dept of Theatre and Film’s stage version. 

Directed by Trevor Nunn 
Genre: Comedy, Drama 
Run time: 134 minutes


This film screening coincides with the Department of Theatre and Film’s stage version of Twelfth Night, which opens September 25.

This session is appropriate for students conducting literature reviews in any discipline.
Topics include
… what is a literature review?
… finding the right databases
… search strategies for databases
… finding scholarly articles, theses and dissertations, books, and more
… resources to help you keep track of your research.
There will be plenty of hands-on time for searching, and assistance from the two presenting librarians.




What’s in a number? Let’s start with this one: 430-2011-006. This number corresponds to the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) funded project (Council Grant number 430-2011-006) conducted by a number of undergraduates, graduates and postdoctoral researchers in libraries and archives alike. While their mission was to “advance [their] knowledge of the character of film exhibition in the early part of the 20th century in Vancouver, with a specific focus on 1914 as a case study”, they did more than just that.

By ‘examining Vancouver street directories to identify performance spaces, including what was termed “legitimate” theatre (performance of live plays), vaudeville theatres, and purpose built cinemas, they plotted these spaces onto a map of Vancouver in order to track the number and location of these theatres/cinemas’. So what was the result? They made some interesting data and contextual discoveries about not only the 1914 history of cinemagoing in Vancouver but also a comparison with Winnipeg and Seattle as well as a comparison with Toronto and Montreal.

Interestingly, this SSHRC project included cIRcle right from the beginning. As per Brian McIlroy, he has ‘created stand-alone websites in the past but [he] was concerned about the visibility and maintenance of these sites’. In cIRcle, he knew it would be most “useful to have a permanent and accessible record of the research data on which further analysis will be made” now and into the future.

Visit the Screens in Vancouver: Cinemagoing and the City in 1914 collection at: https://circle.ubc.ca/handle/2429/45204.

Did You Know?

There are 14 Faculty of Arts sub-communities with several diverse collections in cIRcle, UBC’s Digital Repository: Anthropology, Arts ISIT, Asian Studies, Central, Eastern, Northern European Studies (CENES), Economics (Vancouver School of), English, Geography, History, Metropolis British Columbia, Museum of Anthropology (MOA), Philosophy, Political Science, Sociology, and Theatre and Film (Dept of). Browse them by visiting: https://circle.ubc.ca/handle/2429/987.

Above image is courtesy of Pixabay

UBC Library and Columbia Basin Trust logos
A fascinating collection of programs that focuses on a range of environmental issues can now be viewed by users around the world.
UBC Library recently digitized the Westland series television programs that form part of Halleran Collection, one of the largest private family film collections in Canada. It is is being housed and preserved by the Library thanks to a generous donation from the Halleran Family and the support of community partners including Columbia Basin Trust.
The collection is is an insightful document of rural B.C. that consists of nature-oriented programs produced in British Columbia over recent decades. The Westland series was originally broadcast by the Knowledge Network from 1984 to 2007, and examined a broad range of issues associated with forestry, fresh water fishing, endangered species and ecosystem restoration.
UBC Library has digitized 195 programs that were broadcast as part of the Westland series – to view the results, please visit UBC Library Digital Collections.
 For more on the Halleran film donation, which also includes about 2,000 videotapes, please visit the February 2012 announcement.

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