Venture to the 2nd floor of Llandaff Library, go to the far end of the book shelves and your trek will be rewarded by the view of thousands of DVDs. Most of these can be borrowed – there is no cost. Many relate to art and design subjects, also there are films aplenty – popular, arthouse, animation, sci fi – and recordings of TV programmes and documentaries.
New additions to the DVD collection this month include:
The Man Who Shot Beautiful Women: a documentary telling the gripping and shocking story of photographer Erwin Blumenfeld who survived two world wars and became one of the world’s most highly paid fashion photographers and a key influence on the development of photography as an art form.
Dewey Eyed by Sarah Naomi Lee starring Olivia Coleman. Philippa is a librarian from a long line of librarians. What can she do, when the Dewey Decimal cataloguing system is the only language her mum understands?
Going Underground: A Culture Show Special. In celebration of the 150th anniversary of London Underground, Alastair Sooke presents a cultural history of the oldest tube network in the world. He follows the progress of a major new artwork for all 270 stations by the leading contemporary artist Mark Wallinger, and shows that art has played an absolutely central role in the identity of the tube.
Moominland Tales: The Life of Tove Jansson. This documentary reveals the strong autobiographical slant in the Moomins series as it traces the author’s own extraordinary story from living the bohemian life of an artist in war-torn Helsinki to becoming a recluse on a remote island in the Gulf of Finland.
Also the BBC documentaries Scotland’s Art Revolution: The Maverick Generation, Visions of the Valleys and Children of the Holocaust.
These are on display until Wednesday 9th March, after which time they may be borrowed. Follow the links to the library catalogue to read more about them, or to place a reservation.