Show-stopper movie theme songs: scores from films & Broadway

This blog collects sheet music from the big screen. If you are a music player, don’t miss the original theme song scores from the movies Avatar, James Bond and the all time classic Forrest Gum, Titanic, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Anastacia the Broadway show,  to Disney favourites and the Simpsons.

“James Bond : the ultimate collection : featuring music from all 24 films : piano, voice, guitar.
“With all songs presented in expert arrangements for guitar, there’s never been a better way to experience the glamour and suspense of some of the greatest songs ever written for film. The James Bond theme (Dr. No) — Thunderball — You only live twice — Diamonds are forever — Moonraker — For your eyes only — All time high (Octopussy) —  You know my name (Casino Royale) — Skyfall — Writing’s on the wall (Spectre).” (Adapted from the Catalogue)

The ultimate James Horner film score collection / Horner, James “Selections from The Amazing Spider-Man, An American Tail, Apollo 13, Avatar, A Beautiful Mind, Braveheart, Legends Of the Fall, The Mask of Zorro, The Perfect Storm, Star Trek II, and Titanic. With an introduction. The amazing Spider-Man (Promises/End titles) —  Avatar (I see you) — Braveheart (For the love of a princess)  — Legends of the fall (The Ludlows) — The mask of Zorro (Zorro’s theme) — The perfect storm (There’s no goodbye only love) —  Titanic (My heart will go on).” (Adapted from the Catalogue)

First 50 movie themes you should play on the piano.
“(Easy Piano Songbook). Have you learned enough piano to feel ready to start playing from a songbook? Then this songbook featuring contemporary and classic movie hits should be perfect for you. It features 50 simply arranged, must-know favorites in easy piano notation. Songs includes: Forrest Gump Main Title (Feather Theme) — Gabriel’s Oboe (from The Mission ) — He’s a Pirate (from Pirates of the Caribbean ) — Theme from “Schindler’s List” — Star Wars (Main Theme) and more.” (Adapted from the Catalogue)

Anastasia : the new Broadway musical / Flaherty, Stephen
“For one or two voices and piano, with chord symbols.
Based on the composer’s music for the 1997 animated film. Songs include: A rumor in St. Petersburg — In my dreams — Learn to do it — My Petersburg — Once upon a December — Stay, I pray you — We’ll go from there — Still — Journey to the past — Paris holds the key (to your heart) — Crossing a bridge — Close the door — In a crowd of thousands — Everything to win.  “(Adapted from the catalogue)

Moana : music from the motion picture soundtrack / Miranda, Lin-Manuel
“This sweeping, CG-animated feature film about an adventurous teenager who is inspired to leave the safety and security of her island on a daring journey to save her people. This souvenir folio features nine easy-to play piano songs from the soundtrack by Hamilton ‘s Lin-Manuel Miranda. This souvenir folio also includes beautiful full-colour scenes from the film. Songs include: Where you are — We know the way — You’re welcome –Know who you are — I am Moana (Song of the ancestors).” (Adapted from the Catalogue)

The library of Disney songs.
“(Piano/Vocal/Guitar Songbook). There are songs for everyone in this collection of over 50 popular hits arranged for piano, voice and guitar from Disney movies past and present. It features classics from Cinderella and Peter Pan as well as modern favorites from Coco and Tangled and much more. Also includes songs from the movies: 101 Dalmatians, Aladdin, The AristoCats, Frozen, Lady and the Tramp, The Lion King, Mary Poppins, Pocahontas, Sleeping Beauty, Toy Story, and more.” (Adapted from the Catalogue)

Theme from the simpsons sheet music / Elfman, Danny
“(Piano Solo Sheets). Piano solo sheet music for the opening theme to the longest running prime time cartoon, composed by Danny Elfman. This score can be downloaded onto iPad for eco-friendly sheet music.” (Adapted from the Catalogue)

 

Lockdown Distractions: Free Film Streaming

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Continuing our series of FREE library lockdown distractions, we place a spotlight firmly on two of our most popular and useful Lockdown distractions our film and television streaming services, Kanopy and Beamafilm.

Between them they provide nearly thirty-one thousand films, television programmes, documentaries and even filmed educational lectures.  Within these two totally free services there really is something for absolutely everyone. Just to give you the smallest of overviews we have movies ranging from family-orientated favourites to world cinema classics to action, comedy, drama, New Zealand films, LGBTQIA+ cinema, science fiction, cult and every conceivable genre in between. We have a big collection of specially curated children’s content as well as documentaries on a dazzling array of subjects and an extensive range of educational content. And, as an added bonus, much of the content isn’t available on any other streaming service.

Kanopy has over 30,000 titles from around the world and you can borrow up to six films a month. Beamafilm has over 500 international movies and documentaries, with a strong Australasian focus and you can borrow up to 10 films a month. Both platforms require an adult membership type to log in. Just to give you the smallest taste of what these two services have to offer, we’ve selected just a few to give you an idea of the variety.

Vivienne Westwood

Vivienne Westwood, directed by Gillian Greenwood, follows the designer at work. Greenwood’s film offers a unique insight into how she creates her distinctive and often shocking designs, and what have been her major influences.


Death Race 2000

In a dystopian future, a cross country automobile race requires contestants to run down innocent pedestrians to gain points that are tallied based on each kill’s brutality, in this Roger Corman cult classic.


Dial M for Murder

Ex-tennis pro Tony Wendice (Ray Milland) wants to have his wealthy wife, Margot (Grace Kelly), murdered so he can get his hands on her inheritance. When he discovers her affair with Mark Halliday (Robert Cummings), he comes up with the perfect plan to kill her. He blackmails an old acquaintance into carrying out the murder, but the carefully-orchestrated set-up goes awry.


Shin Godzilla

It’s a peaceful day in Japan when a strange fountain of water erupts in the bay, causing panic to spread among government officials. At first, they suspect only volcanic activity, but one young executive dares to wonder if it may be something different; something alive.


The Battle of the Sexes

It was a match made in heaven: she was the darling of American tennis, an outspoken activist against sexism in sport and society; he was the charismatic, fast-talking, hustling chauvinist showman. Yet their unlikely ‘courtship’ in the midst of a social revolution, captured the imaginations of people around the world, helping to empower a generation that changed women’s sport forever.


A Hard Day’s Night

The Fab Four’s famous first foray into film is considered one of the most innovative and refreshing music movies ever made. Celebrating the phenomenon of Beatlemania in 1964 and capturing John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr in their electrifying element, A Hard Day’s Night is a wildly irreverent journey through one day in the life of arguably the world’s greatest rock’n’roll act.


Memory: The Origins of Alien

In 2019, Ridley Scott’s Alien celebrates the 40th Anniversary of its theatrical release. Memory reveals the chilling, untold origins of Ridley Scott’s cinematic masterpiece Alien, rooted in Greek and Egyptian mythology, underground comics, parasitology, H.P. Lovecraft’s weird fiction, the art of Francis Bacon, and the symbiotic genius of Dan O’Bannon (writer), H.R. Giger (designer), and, of course, Ridley Scott.


BMX Bandits

The wheel-spinning adventures of three teenagers get complicated when they discover a box of stolen walkie-talkies left behind by a gang of bank robbers intended for illegal surveillance. PJ (Angelo D’Angelo, The Big Steal), Goose (James Lugton, Garage Days) and Judy (Nicole Kidman).


Top Cat Begins

Poor, lonely and living on the streets, Top Cat meets Benny, a naïve and good-hearted cat looking for adventure. The pair quickly become best buddies – and partners in crime – pickpocketing their way out of poverty and quickly believing they are the real cats’ whiskers!

Online movie streaming now at Wellington City Libraries

Two streaming platforms — Kanopy and Beamafilm — are available for you to watch a huge selection of indie and world movies, film festival favourites, award-winning documentaries, classic cinema and kids movies!

On our website, you can access both of these streaming platforms from our eLibrary homepage.

You’ll find some introductory information below — plus both the Kanopy and Beamafilm websites have comprehensive help pages if you need more information.)

About Kanopy

Access Kanopy

What is Kanopy? What kind of movies does it have?

Kanopy is a streaming platform that focuses on thoughtful entertainment, including some of the world’s best cinema.  They offer over 30,000 movies, with new titles added every month.

It will also give you access to Kanopy Kids, for kids’ content, and The Great Courses collection for lectures from top scholars around the world.

Who can access it?

It’s available to Wellington City adult residents, ratepayers and workers — access it with your library membership. Not a member? Find about more about joining.

How many movies can I watch?

You’ll get 6 movie credits per month, which means you’ll be able to watch 6 movies for free, and those credits will reset at the beginning of each month.

(Every movie you start watching with Kanopy counts against your play credits, with the exception of Kanopy Kids content and The Great Courses collection.)

How do I use it?

To watch movies:

  • Visit either wcl.kanopy.com, or go through our eLibrary homepage and choose ‘Kanopy’
  • Create a Kanopy account — you’ll be prompted to select your library (Wellington City Libraries), and confirm your library card details (your PIN/password for your library card is your last name) – then away you go!

Films can be streamed from any internet connected device including computers, phones or tablets and on TV’s via Chromecast, AppleTV or HDMI.  There’s also an app for Android and IOS devices.

Beamafilm

Access Beamafilm

What is Beamafilm? What kind of films does it have?

Beamafilm is a streaming platform that has a curated collection of international movies and documentaries, with a strong Australasian focus.  They have over 500 movies to choose from and new titles are added regularly.

Who can access it?

It’s available to anyone who holds a Wellington City Libraries’ adult membership card (any adult membership card type). Just login using your library card details, then create a Beamafilm account to start watching movies.

Not a member? Find about more about joining

How many movies can I watch?

You’ll get 10 movie credits per month, which means you’ll be able to watch 10 movies for free, and those credits will reset at the beginning of each month.

How do I access it?

Unlike Kanopy, with Beamafilm you’ll need to authenticate that you’re a Wellington City Libraries borrower every time you access the site:

  • Visit our eLibrary home page and click on Beamafilm, or visit wellingtoncitylibraries.beamafilm.com. Enter your library card number to confirm you’re a member of Wellington City Libraries
  • Create your Beamafilm account or log in to your existing Beamafilm account and start watching

Films can also be streamed from any internet connected device including computers, phones or tablets and on TV’s via Chromecast, AppleTV or HDMI.

Thursday night films are back!

Syndetics book coverOur popular Thursday film nights are back for 2017, and in February we will be featuring a series we’re calling “You might have missed in 2016”, showing selected films from last year’s releases. The line-up includes a biographical comedy starring Meryl Streep, a wonderful New Zealand drama based on Witi Ihimaera’s book and a much-loved Disney animation.

Sessions begin at 6pm on the Ground Floor of the Central Library. These screenings are free to attend. To avoid disappointment reserve your seat by telephoning 801-4068 during library opening hours.

Remember: We have special permission to screen these films for free in public libraries as long as we don’t advertise the film name online (plus other conditions). Please call the information desk (801-4068) to get more details.
Note: reservations not taken up by the starting time at 6pm may be reallocated to customers waiting, as numbers are limited

Thursday night films in December

Syndetics book coverFor December 2016, we will be featuring a series we’re calling ‘Farewell to 2016 and people who are no longer with us’, showing films to pay tribute to the great people who passed away this year. The line-up includes documentaries about a legendary Canadian singer, and one of the most controversial sporting people, and a fantasy comedy drama featuring a versatile English actor. Since Christmas is approaching, we are showing only three films this month and 15th December will be the last film night of the year.

Sessions begin at 6pm on the Ground Floor of the Central Library. These screenings are free to attend. To avoid disappointment reserve your seat by telephoning 801-4068 during library opening hours.

Remember: We have special permission to screen these films for free in public libraries as long as we don’t advertise the film name online (plus other conditions). Please call the information desk (801-4068) to get more details.
Note: reservations not taken up by the starting time at 6pm may be reallocated to customers waiting, as numbers are limited

Thursday night films in November

Syndetics book coverFor November 2016, we will be featuring a series we’re calling ‘I Spy with my Little Eye – Cold War espionage to rigged elections’, so you’ll be seeing some films with a political bent. The line-up includes a gripping hostage drama based on a real events, and a classic spy movie starring young Michael Caine.

Sessions begin at 6pm on the Ground Floor of the Central Library. These screenings are free to attend. To avoid disappointment reserve your seat by telephoning 801-4068 during library opening hours.

Remember: We have special permission to screen these films for free in public libraries as long as we don’t advertise the film name online (plus other conditions). Please call the information desk (801-4068) to get more details.
Note: reservations not taken up by the starting time at 6pm may be reallocated to customers waiting, as numbers are limited

Thursday night films in October

Syndetics book coverFor October 2016, we will be featuring a series we’re calling ‘Fast friends’, showing movies about a special bond. The line-up includes a recent smash hit Kiwi movie, one of the finest works by Ken Loach and a classic American comedy about two guys.

Sessions begin at 6pm on the Ground Floor of the Central Library. These screenings are free to attend. To avoid disappointment reserve your seat by telephoning 801-4068 during library opening hours.

Remember: We have special permission to screen these films for free in public libraries as long as we don’t advertise the film name online (plus other conditions). Please call the information desk (801-4068) to get more details.
Note: reservations not taken up by the starting time at 6pm may be reallocated to customers waiting, as numbers are limited

Thursday night films in September

Syndetics book coverFor September 2016, we will be featuring a series we’re calling ‘Summer Roamers’, offering summery, feel good movies to say goodbye to winter. The line-up includes a British fantasy drama, romantic comedy set in Barcelona and one of the most loved movies all time set in Rome.

Sessions begin at 6pm on the Ground Floor of the Central Library. These screenings are free to attend. To avoid disappointment reserve your seat by telephoning 801-4068 during library opening hours.

Remember: We have special permission to screen these films for free in public libraries as long as we don’t advertise the film name online (plus other conditions). Please call the information desk (801-4068) to get more details.
Note: reservations not taken up by the starting time at 6pm may be reallocated to customers waiting, as numbers are limited.

Thursday night films in August

Syndetics book coverFor August 2016, we will be featuring a series we’re calling ‘Laugh in the dark’, offering a variety of comedies for winter nights. The line-up includes a recent hit movie set in 1950s Australia and a political satire black comedy by one of the greatest filmmakers.

Sessions begin at 6pm on the Ground Floor of the Central Library. These screenings are free to attend. To avoid disappointment reserve your seat by telephoning 801-4068 during library opening hours.

Remember: We have special permission to screen these films for free in public libraries as long as we don’t advertise the film name online (plus other conditions). Please call the information desk (801-4068) to get more details.
Note: reservations not taken up by the starting time at 6pm may be reallocated to customers waiting, as numbers are limited.

Friday Movie Nights at Newtown

Family Watching TV TogetherOn the first Friday of each month we are screening family friendly feature films from the library’s collection at Newtown Library.

Sessions begin at 6pm in the YA area/tent at the library. These screenings are free to attend. The next session is tonight, on Friday 1 July.

We have special permission to screen these films for free in public libraries as long as we don’t advertise the film name online. Please call Newtown Library (389-2830) during library opening hours to get more details about the film screenings and reserve your seat.

Thursday evening film screenings at Central

4bfcaa38966f1dfc177aeeb1cbfba5a4For July 2016, the films screened will be drawn from past favourites at the NZ International Film Festival in Wellington.

Our ‘Taste of the Festival’ line-up includes a documentary about a legendary movie star, a lovely animated feature, and a classic film noir. We have many DVDs showcased from past festivals. Check them out here, grouped by the year they were shown at the festival.

6ae438ad4538a7da681de9dd723c4ddeSessions begin at 6pm on the Ground Floor of the Central Library. These screenings are free to attend. To avoid disappointment reserve your seat by telephoning 801-4068 during library opening hours.

Remember: We have special permission to screen these films for free in public libraries as long as we don’t advertise the film name online (plus other conditions). Please call the information desk (801-4068) to get more details.
Note: reservations not taken up by the starting time at 6pm may be reallocated to customers waiting, as numbers are limited.

Short historical films available on our website!

Check out our new Heritage Films page for a selection of films from Wellington City Archives we have digitised.

The films were made to document council activities and at the time were only shown to a small audience. These short videos are an insight into some of Wellington’s history and include scenes from the opening of Khandallah Library in 1953, the Queen’s visit in 1954, the “Festival Of Wellington” in 1959 and a five minute film from 1947 about Wellington’s milk supply.

Alongside the videos on the Heritage films page you’ll find information on the Festival Of Wellington, publicity materials and photos.  We’ve also added the films to our WCL YouTube channel – check it out for storytimes and other videos we have created. We’d love your feedback!

Thursday night films: True tales

Syndetics book coverFor September 2015, we will be featuring a series we’re calling ‘True tales: Stories about people’s lives’, focusing on biographical films.

Sessions begin at 6pm on the Ground Floor of the Central Library. These screenings are free to attend. To avoid disappointment reserve your seat by telephoning 801-4068 during library opening hours.

Remember: We have special permission to screen these films for free in public libraries as long as we don’t advertise the film name online (plus other conditions). Please call the Information desk (801-4068) to get more details.
Note : reservations not taken up by the starting time at 6pm may be reallocated to customers waiting, as numbers are limited.

Thursday night films – reserve your seat

Syndetics book cover From 5th March, on Thursday evenings we are trialling screening feature films from the library’s collection at the Central Library. Sessions begin at 6pm on the Ground Floor. These screenings are free to attend. The first few will feature films based on books.
To avoid disappointment reserve your seat by telephoning 801-4068 during library opening hours.
Note : reservations not taken up by the starting time at 6pm may be reallocated to customers waiting, as numbers are limited.

EDIT: Thank you all for you interest in these events. We have special permission to screen these films for free in public libraries as long as we don’t advertise the film name online. Please call the Information desk (801-4068) to get more details about the film screenings.

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