How to navigate this site

A production shot from 'About Elly' dir. Asghar Farhadi
A production shot from ‘About Elly’ dir. Asghar Farhadi, Iran 2009 – one of the films discussed on this blog.

Although this website operates like a blog, it carries a wide range of material that is being organised so that it will help students of global film.

There are roughly four kinds of material here:

•  regular blog entries on films (some new, some old) seen recently on the cinema screen or on DVD/video/TV;

•  reports from film festivals and conferences (see the tags)

•  notes from teaching programmes (day events, evening classes, film introductions etc.) or previously published in in the picture magazine;

•  material specially written for the site to make it more useful for global film education.

How to find material

There are four ways to find anything on the site. In the top right-hand corner is a standard search box that searches all entries on the blog (there are over 800 entries and the list is growing). It’s a good idea to place your search term (such as a film title) between double quotes, e.g. “El Orfanato”.

In the right-hand sidebar there is a list of categories. Every entry appears in at least one category – many in more than one. Click on a category and the most recent posting in that category will appear – you can then scroll down through earlier posts in the same category.

In the right-hand sidebar (down at the bottom) is a tag cloud. Tags are similar to categories, but they mostly refer here to more specialised classifications such as films by a certain director or star. The bigger the tag appears, the more entries there are.

Along the top margin are a series of pages like this one. These are mainly concerned with the structure of The Global Film Book but other pages are being developed.


References in the blog entries will often link directly to other material (i.e. on other pages or on other sites), but we have also provided what we hope are useful links in the right-hand sidebar. We’ve also now started a page with more detailed information on some of the web resources we find most useful. See the page on Global Film Resources. Please use the comment box on the Contact Us page to let us know about other useful links and especially sites that you recommend and that we should feature more prominently.