Streaming Films for Free

While you might be familiar with YPRL’s ebook and audiobook offering through BorrowBox, you may not have heard about streaming films for free with your library membership!

With your YPRL membership, you can access both Beamafilm and Kanopy online.

Beamfilm How-To

Access Beamafilm here. Choose Yarra Plenty Regional Services from the "find your library" button. 

To use Beamafilm, simply enter your library card number and create an account with your preferred email and a safe password. After confirming your email, you will be able to access the Beamafilm collection.

Why Beamafilm?

Beamafilm is full of classic and international films, as well as a few Australian and blockbuster movies.

Some of my recommendations include Orlando, the adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s famous novel about an English nobleman, who lives for hundreds of years, and after sleeping for days on end, wakes up a woman. This is a beautiful, pensive film, starring Tilda Swinton. Some of my other favourites are Jacques Tati’s films – especially featuring Monsieur Hulout. These are great for chill-out watching, little dialogue and a lot of fun!

Beamafilm also features kids’ films, such as Miffy the Movie, Blinky Bill, and the original Storm Boy. There’s also a fantastic selection of documentaries; I’ll be checking out Monkey Business, which follows the lives of the creators of Curious George. Also worth a watch is The Australian Dream about Adam Goodes, and Mixed Match about racism in medicine.

Don’t forget, Beamafilm is unlimited – you can watch as much as you like!

Kanopy How-to

Access Kanopy here. Choose your library, Yarra Plenty Regional Libraries. 

To use Kanopy, you will then enter your library card number, followed by your preferred email and a safe password.

Kanopy allows six free movies per month per member and there is also a bonus a selection of credit-free films. Choose wisely!

My top two films available on Kanopy are Boy and Kedi.

Boy is a film by New Zealand director Taika Waititi, known for Hunt for the Wilderpeople and Thor: Ragnarok. Boy follows two young brothers – and some of their extended family – as they get to know their estranged father (played by Waititi himself). In Waititi’s typical dry humour, the family get closer in the bare New Zealand countryside, perhaps not for the better.

Kedi is a documentary about cats. It’s quite simple, really. It follows the street cats of Istanbul, and the people who care for them. The camera physically follows the cats at street level, capturing their real lives, and makes me feel like I’m a part of their world. Next I’m looking forward to watching Lady Macbeth.

If you’ve exhausted your Netflix and Stan lists, why not use your library membership for some great viewing!

Not a member? Join instantly online here

By Clare Millar, Lalor Library 

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