In the first of this week's Library Spotlights, we're focusing on film. The usual summer blockbuster season may have been postponed, but thanks to our local cinemas and archives, there are plenty of cinematic curiosities and film-themed treats to explore.
Summer at the Showroom
The Showroom Cinema has brought its popular Film Studies series online with a set of talks on international and local cinema, delivered by lecturers from Sheffield Hallam University and the University of Sheffield.
You can find details of the upcoming weekly talks, all hosted on Zoom, on the Showroom website. We've been tuning into a few of the talks so far, and even if you're not familiar with the films under discussion, it's a great way to discover something new and interesting to add to your watchlist!
For movie buffs looking for something a little different, the BBC's Inside Cinema is a great off-kilter series of shorts that examines how cinema has presented everything from cats and drag to horror movie homes and ... men wearing woolly jumpers. The series is available on iPlayer.
Is the book always better?
Whether or not you agree with the old saying that the book is always better than the film, 2020 has seen a number of acclaimed adaptations hit both the big screen and (more frequently) the small screen, as covered in this recent Penguin article.
The Book Vs Movie podcast weighs in on the adaptation debate with fun, informative discussions of film adaptations ranging from IT and The Help to Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and Die Hard. Browse the latest episodes here.
You can also hear from Margaret Atwood, Neil Gaiman and Wonder author R. J. Palacio about their experiences of having their novels adapted for the screen in this Waterstones podcast on Adaptation.
Explore the best of Britain's film archives
The Yorkshire Film Archive has over 1,800 films in their free online archive. Some of their recent Archive Picks are well worth a look, like this documentary on Jack Charlton and Middlesbrough Football Club from 1974.
For a true blast from the past, here's "Books in Hand", a 1956 promotional film about Sheffield's libraries. Less has changed than you might think - although we might have a slightly tougher time these days tracking down a copy of "Steal Not My Heart"...
There's also a host of free short films to discover on the BFI Player website, including early Victorian cinema, classic (that is to say, rather terrifying) public information films, and even some surreal Sheffield-based science fiction.
Out of this world
Friday's Library Spotlight will be devoted to sci-fi, both on the screen and the page. In this week's poetry and creative writing Zoom, Claire from Central Library will be inviting you to share your favourite visions of the future and other worlds.
The next writing workshop takes place this Friday, 31 July, at 11am. Tickets are free and available from our Eventbrite page.
Everything's a moving picture
The National Theatre of Scotland has recently created a series of free video-making workshops for young people aged 10+.
"Everything's a Moving Picture" teaches young film-makers how to use stock and archive videos, film their own footage, and experiment with captions to create their own stories.
Check out the workshops here.
Adventure on demand
Our Adventure Book Festival wrapped up last week - but if you missed out, don't worry!
Recordings of the festival's talks are available to watch for free this week on Zoom, until the end of July. All videos feature closed captions. You can find all our recent author talks here.
Now in the eLibrary
Visit our eLibrary to check out the books that inspired several recent popular and award-winning films, along with movie spin-offs like the acclaimed Aliens graphic novels.
As part of our Year of Reading, we've got three £100 book tokens up for grabs for Sheffield Libraries members aged 11+.
To enter, just read any three books of your choice over July, August and September, and send us your thoughts about each of your summer reads on our website (check out the adult Summer Reading Challenge section for all the details).
Our e-magazines library also features the latest issues of film magazines including Empire and Total Film, all immediately available for free.