Hackney film-maker opens a door to knowledge

Melbourne library based on the Reading Room in Bloomsbury Lon © david.altheer@gmail.com

THE BRITISH Library and Hackney screenwriter Tony Grisoni want to publicise how the BL can help people interested in working or studying in cinema.

The public institution in that swish yet slightly clunky building in Euston Road, King’s Cross, wants you to know that as well as books, the film sector has free access to the library’s resources, which includes:

* sound recordings – radio, oral history, film music and soundscapes

* moving image – 14,000 music videos, 9,000 TV programmes and news footage

* networking opportunities through events with partners, eg, Sheffield Documentary Festival meet-ups

* filming opportunities within the library (not free).

Grisoni adapted for TV the Yorkshire novels Red Riding and more recently, Southcliffe, an original four-part drama. He has also written and directed a number of short films including the Bafta-nominated Kingsland #1 and The Pizza Miracle.

The screenwriter-director is going to talk about his career, including no doubt some stories about working with Johnny Depp on the troublesome The Man Who Killed Don Quixote.

The session will end with audience questions and the chance to mingle at the bar with film-makers and cinema fans.

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* Inspiring filmmakers with Tony Grisoni, a talk at the Conference Centre, British Library, 96 Euston Road NW1 2DB (020 7412 5528), Mon 31 Mar 2014 at 6.30pm: £8, (£6 over-60s). Good disabled access.

* Lacking a suitable picture in stock of Grisoni or the BL, I have perforce used a picture of the magnificent (though surprisingly noisy) Melbourne reference library, built in a style that reflects the old BL Reading Room. It was that or a picture of the previous and superb but now replaced Birmingham Central Library– Ed.

* Emboldened underscored words in most cases indicate a hyperlink, a reader service rare among websites. If a link does not work, it is probably because the site to which the URL refers has not been maintained.

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