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Media, Music, Dance & Performance, Cultural Studies

Movies, TV, Cinema

MultiSearch searches across all the material which the library has access to: DVDs, articles, books, maps, newspaper stories, conference proceedings, theses, and more.

Here is a selection of terms to consider for your searches, but of course there are many more.


By Director

Use Director name AND Movies, achievements and awards;  criticism and interpretation; cinema directors;  biography; motion picture directors and producers; philosophy; fads; analysis.

By Genre British new wave, poetic realism,  queer, Dogme, action, adventure, comedy, crime, film noir, political, satire, French new wave
Television  Television viewers; television broadcasting; mass media
DVD Video recording; Dvd; video stores; digital video;
Useful general terms discourse analysis; motion picture directors and producers; philosophy; fads; analysis; feminist theory; criticism and interpretation



Searches could couple a specific term with one of the useful general terms.  

Armstrong, Gillian AND "criticism and interpretation"

"British New Wave" AND analysis

Note that the AND in capitals will link the concepts for more refined results. Using the inverted comma's around a phrase will give you more precise results. 


We recommend browsing the shelf in the general area of your subject interest.

A good browse can throw up lots of ideas, as well as lead you into new areas of relevance.

Movie call numbers;

Motion pictures, cinema PN1993-1999
Movie Making PN1995.9.M69

Television call numbers;

Television programming, history, theory, individual shows, writing for television PN 1992
Television broadcasting, television standards & broadcasting policy HE 8700

Finding DVDS

If you would like to see DVDs, use the following search:

1. Go to Advanced Search in Multisearch

2. Under 'material type', drop down and choose "audio visual"

3. Enter a search term, such as the film title. 


Search by genre or subject

1. Click on advanced search in MultiSearch. Change any field to  subject  from the drop down menu.

2.  Use a key term, such as 'Film Noir' or 'Australian cinema'

3. Select the filter on the left hand side to narrow your search to the type of material you want (ie: books or articles or ...)



kanopy film streaming service

kanopy is provided as a resource  for educational and research purposes. It features full length movies and shorts in a broad mix of areas. For instance, you can browse by sections, such as 'Australian film' or 'sociology', a keyword such as 'cheese', or by title or director, such as 'Martin Scorsese'. 

Library books

Useful databases

Use our library guide for more information on streaming video, and how to create clips and add to collections. 

Filmmakers at Macquarie

The MMCCS department has numerous staff members who are connected to film, television or radio. You can look at their profiles through the link below.