British Film Institute: custodians of the largest film archive in the world, and a world leader in film restoration and preservation. The BFI runs the internationally renowned National Film Theatre and the London Film Festival, the bfi IMAX cinema, and the world's largest film library and educational resource. The BFI releases films in cinema and on video and DVD, publishes books and runs educational programmes. It has one of the largest collections of film stills and film posters in the world.

Film locations

Internet Movie Database: incredibly useful on-line encyclopaedia of film and television. Cast and technical info is excellent, but the location entries can be a bit erratic, ranging from the vague ('London, UK') to the dubious (relying, wiki-style, on reader submissions, which are not necessarily accurate).

On Location Tours: the world's largest TV and movie tour company hosts tours of New York and Boston, featuring sites from both the big and small screen. One of New York City’s most popular tourist attractions, it serves over 100,000 tourists and locals annually. Tours include: New York TV & Movie Sites, Sex and the City Hotspots, Gossip Girl Sites, Sopranos Sites, Brooklyn TV & Movie Sites, Central Park TV & Movie Sites, Boston Movie Mile and Boston TV & Movie Sites.

ReelStreets: Exterior locations seen in films made in Great Britain from the 1920s to the 1980s.

Seeing Stars: Everything Hollywood – from celeb hangouts to celeb gravesites, with everything in between, plus film and TV locations.

I Am Not a Stalker: Ever-so-slightly ironic title for a site dedicated to tracking down all manner of film and TV locations, plus celeb stuff; mainly, though not entirely, around Los Angeles.

General film related sites

TheMovieNetwork: Everything movies – a site dedicated to films and the people who make them, working with actors/actresses, producers, directors and agents to ensure access to the latest pictures, videos, and news updates about movies.

Film London: film development in the UK capital.

London Film Museum, 45 Wellington Street, Covent Garden, London WC2: Open Monday to Sunday, 10am - 6pm. Saturday, 10am - 7pm.

Ischia Film Festival: festival celebrating the use of locations, both in Italy and throughout the world, held in the fitting setting of one of the most beautiful islands you’ll ever visit, in the Bay of Naples.

Almeria Travel Guide: travel guide to Spain’s southern desert region and Mini-Hollwood, where countless films have been made, including Sergio Leone’s classic Spaghetti Westerns, Indiana Jones, Cleopatra and many more.

DVDs online on-line shop for books, DVDs, VHS tapes and soundtracks, etc. Amazingly comprehensive, and there are dealers who often have hard-to-find and deleted items. Amazon's UK site. Not as comprehensive as the US site.

Play247: suppliers of DVD. If you just can't wait... Fast delivery in the UK of Region 1 discs.

Film trivia

Ain't It Cool News: Harry Knowles's legendary spot for news, leaks, previews, rumours and everything you could want to know. You'll hear it here first.

Four Word Film Review: Just plain fun. A great way to waste those precious hours you were meant to be doing something useful. Sum up your favourite (or your least fave) film in four succinct words: 'Midgets attempt jewellery destruction' (Lord of the Rings). Be inventive. Be irreverent.

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