eResource of the month: BFI Player

Each month we spotlight one of our databases to highlight the range of resources available to our users.

BFI Player is a video on demand service from the British Film Institute streaming acclaimed, landmark and archive films. The focus is on British and European independent films, as well as international releases. It reflects the BFI’s wider cultural mission, complementing its seasonal programming of its UK venues, film distribution and DVD/Blu-ray publishing strands.

BFI player is available via Discover, but please note that users are required to create an individual account either via Discover or by going to

(Alas, due to licensing restrictions, BFI Player is not available outside of the UK. Please also be aware that ‘rental’ content is outside of the material provided as part of this subscription.)

As part of our partnership with the BFI, there are a couple of upcoming events we’d like to highlight:

12th October, 5pm-6.15pm

Durham BFI showcase 2022 

Register here 

This welcome event marks the start of the academic year and introduces the Durham BFI partnership. The showcase outlines what’s on offer for the year to come and is for anyone interested in film through study, a career, or for fun. Whether you are student, staff or alumni, there are events for you.  

To find out more, join Professor Janet Stewart, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities; Professor Santiago Fouz Hernández and Professor Jonathan Long from the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures; Simone Pyne, New Business – Digital & Ventures, BFI; Amy Bryant, Business Development & Campaigns Officer, BFI; and Ian O’Sullivan – Assistant Librarian (Outreach) from the Reuben Library. 

19th October, 5pm-6pm

Durham BFI Film Club Black History Month

The Harder They Come with host Dr. Kenny Monrose 

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Musician Jimmy Cliff brings charisma and a knockout soundtrack to Perry Henzell’s classic crime drama The Harder They Come which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. 

Credited with introducing reggae and the roots movement to the world as a serious cultural proposition, join the BFI and Dr. Kenny Monrose for a Black History Month discussion on how the sights and sounds of the underbelly of Jamaican ghetto life went on to transform British culture. 

Participants will be invited to contribute their thoughts, questions and experiences while we consider the film’s key messages and impacts, touching on the post-Windrush generation, music and film, independence and identity. Playing a pivotal role in his growing up, Dr Kenny Monrose professes he still watches the film numerous times every year! His interests lie in the areas of criminal justice, race and the impact of Afro-descendent music in and around the Black Atlantic. Dr Kenny Monrose is lead researcher on the Black British Voices Project and author of Black men in Britain: an ethnographic portrait of the post-Windrush generation. He is an affiliate at The Centre for Screen & Film and a member of Centre for the study of Global Human Movement at the University of Cambridge. 

The Harder They Come

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