About julianwhiting

After obtaining a language degree many moons ago I went on to work at the largest UK language bookshop in London. In the 1990s I formed J Whiting Books. From the start the aim was to promote foreign languages and cultures, by selling books and dvds. J Whiting books has now been selling books and dvds for over 20 years, supplying individuals and institutions Worldwide. Worldonlinecinema.com is our internet presence, promoting and selling World Cinema titles, British Cinema on Dvd, Documentaries on Dvd and Literature on Dvd Our mission is to celebrate cultural diversity and bring a wider understanding of culture, gender and race.

Series based on Elena Ferrante’s novel – L’AMICA GENIALE /MY BRILLIANT FRIEND – out on dvd and Blu Ray.

my brilliant friendL’AMICA GENIALE /MY BRILLIANT FRIEND (12) 2018 ITALY DVD – £23.99 BLU RAY – £28.99
All eight episodes of the Italian miniseries based on Elena Ferrante’s novel.

Set in an impoverished Naples of the 1950s, two young girls, Elena and Lila, form a life long friendship.

Years later, Elena, now in her 60s, receives a phone call informing her of Lila’s disappearance and begins to reflect on their friendship.

 

In Italian with English subtitles

 

The episodes are:

The Dolls

The Money

The Metamorphoses

Dissolving Margins

The Shoes

The Island

The Fiancés

The Promise

 

DVDs available to buy at –

http://www.worldonlinecinema.com/Home/italian-films-on-dvd

Polish movie – NINA – out on dvd

NinaNINA(15) 2018 POLAND CHAJDAS, OLGA £15.99
After discovering that Nina is unable to conceive, she and her husband Wojtek set out to find a surrogate. When Wojtek happens to meet Magda and notices that she has green eyes, a trait they desire for their own offspring, he takes her to meet Nina. What ensues is a complicated web of deceit as Nina and Magda form an unexpected bond that may threaten the future of her marriage with Wojtek.

In Polish with English subtitles

DVD available to buy at –

www.worldonlinecinema.com/Home/russian-and-eastern-european-films-on-dvd

 

Margarethe Von Trotta movie – ROSA LUXEMBURG – issued on dvd and Blu Ray

rosa luxemburgROSA LUXEMBURG (12) 1986 GERMAN TROTTA , MARGARETHE VON DVD – £17.99 BLU RAY – £22.99
Barbara Sukowa plays Rosa Luxemburg, in this biographical drama about the revolutionary socialist who founded the anti-war Spartacus League with Karl Liebkecht during the First World War and her subsequent capture and execution in 1919.

In German with English subtitles

 

Other films by Margarethe Von Trotta –

HANNAH ARENDT (12A) 2013 GERMANY TROTTA, MARGARETHE VON £17.99
In this drama based on a true story, Barbara Sukowa stars as the German-American political theorist who caused a storm of controversy with her views on the trial of the Nazi war criminal, Adolf Eichmann.
DIE VERLORENE EHRE DER KATHARINA BLUM/LOST HONOUR OF KATHARINA BLUM (12) 1975 GERMANY TROTTA , MARGARETHE VON / SCHLONDORFF, VOLKER. BLU RAY ONLY – £24.99
Based on Boll’s book, the film looks at modern terrorism, German press and the police.

DVD available to buy at –

http://www.worldonlinecinema.com/Home/german-films-on-dvd

 

Recently released Scandinavian dvds

BERGMAN: A YEAR IN A LIFE (15) 2018 SWEDEN  MAGNUSSON,  JANE   £19.99
 Documentary that profiles Swedish film director Ingmar Bergman during 1957 when he released two of his most acclaimed films, ‘The Seventh Seal’ and ‘Wild Strawberries’.
BLACK LAKE: THE COMPLETE SERIES TWO (15)  2018  SWEDEN   £19.99
 All eight episodes from the second series of the Scandinavian thriller starring Filip Berg, set prior to events taking place in the first series. In this series, Johan (Berg) attends a two-week rehabilitation programme on the island of Kallskär, however to enable him to close an important business deal he requires to keep his computer and mobile phone, putting him in conflict with the programme instructor, Uno (André Eriksen). However, the tension is only worsened when strange events take place and sudden disappearances occur.
THE GUILTY (15)  2018   DENMARK  MÖLLER, GUSTAV £15.99
 Former police officer reluctantly takes up new duties as an emergency services operator only to end up on the other end of the line to a dangerous abduction situation.
SAWDUST AND TINSEL – THE CRITERION COLLECTION (12)  1953 SWEDEN BERGMAN, INGMAR  BLU RAY ONLY – £23.99
   Set in a turn-of-the-twentieth-century circus travelling through the countryside, this  psychological drama is a story of love, jealousy, humiliation and loss.
UTOYA (15)  2018 NORWAY POPPE, ERIK £16.99
   Film based on the massacre of 69 Norwegian Labour Youth League at a summer camp on the island of Utoya by right-wing extremist Anders Behring Breivik.
VIDEOMAN (18) 2018 SWEDEN SODERSTROM, KRISTIAN A £14.99
 Alcoholic video shop owner is offered  10,000 euros for a rare videotape, however when he finds the tape has gone missing  he sets out to reclaim his property.  On the way he meets  Simone,  an alcoholic woman in love with all things 80s. Together, as they hunt for the stolen tape, they find solace in one another as they come to terms with their personal failures.

 

Recently released Literary adaptations and Literary themed dvds

COLETTE (15) 2018 WESTMORELAND, WASH £19.99
Keira Knightley stars Colette, whose first novel, ‘Claudine’, is published under her husband’s pen name becomes an instant bestseller. However Colette fights the strict gender norms and constraints of early 20th-century France to finally achieve recognition.
DISOBEDIENCE (15) 2017 LELIO, SEBASTIAN £15.99
Based on the novel by Naomi Alderman. Following the death of her estranged father, Ronit Krushka (Rachel Weisz) returns from New York to the Orthodox Jewish community in London. Here Ronit rekindles an illicit love affair with married Esti. This causes outrage in the community making both women question their faith and future.
IAN RANKIN’S REBUS: THE DEFINITIVE COLLECTION – SERIES 1-5 (15) £33.99
All the episodes from the drama series based on the novels by Ian Rankin.
JULIUS CAESAR: THE DONMAR (E) 2017 LLOYD, PHYLLIDA ( 0809478012245) £19.99
Set in the present day, Harriet Walter stars in this all-female production of the Shakespearean tragedy.
THE LITTLE DRUMMER GIRL (15) 2018 £22.99
TV thriller set in the 1970s and based on the novel by John le Carré. An young actress play a double agent.
LORNA DOONE (12) 1976 CRAFT, JOAN £23.99
All five episodes of the TV series, adapted from R.D. Blackmore’s classic novel, originally broadcast by the BBC.
LES MISERABLES (12) 2019 (5051561043239) £19.99
Six-part BBC adaptation of Victor Hugo’s novel starring Dominic West, David Oyelowo and Lily Collins.
MACBETH: ROYAL SHAKESPEARE COMPANY (12A) 2018 FINDLAY, POLLY (0809478012832) £17.99
Christopher Eccleston stars in the title role of this adaptation of the Shakespearian tragedy.
THE MISEDUCATION OF CAMERON POST (15) 2018 AKHAVAN, DESIREE £15.99
Set in 1993, this coming-of-age drama based on the novel by Emily M. Danforth, is about orphaned teenager Cameron Post who is seen kissing another girl. Her guardian, sends Cameron to a conversion camp called God’s Promise where she and those around her are subjected to therapies designed to quash their homosexual thoughts.
MORTAL ENGINES (12a) 2018 RIVERS, CHRISTIAN £19.99
Based on a novel by Philip Reeve about a post-apocalyptic world where cities are mobile and travel the world.
PAPA, THE MAN, THE MYTH, THE LEGEND (E) 2018 RHODES, JORDAN £17.99
Stage play depicting the life of American writer Ernest Hemingway. Beginning on the day of his suicide in 1961, Hemingway reflects upon some of the key events in his life, including his time as an ambulance driver in the First World War, his work as a young journalist, witnessing the running of the bulls in Pamplona, his four marriages and hunting on the plains of Africa.
PINTER AT THE BBC £43.99
Collection of 10 Harold Pinter plays adapted for the BBC from 1965-1988. The adaptations are: ‘Tea Party’ (1965), ‘The Basement’ (1967), ‘A Slight Ache’ (1967), ‘A Night Out’ (1967), ‘Monologue’ (1973), ‘Old Times’ (1975), ‘The Hothouse’ (1982), ‘Landscape’ (1983), ‘The Birthday Party’ (1987) and ‘Mountain Language’ (1988).
THE SEAGULL (12) 2018 MAYER, MICHAEL £19.99
Based on Anton Chekhov play. Set in the early 20th century, five people visit a country estate and find that their lives become intertwine.

DVD available to buy at

http://www.worldonlinecinema.com/Home/literature-on-dvd

Some new documentary releases on dvd for January- February 2019

1000 MASTERWORKS: FROM MUROMACHI TO NIHONGA (E) JAPAN MORITZ, REINER E. 23.99
Documentary about Japanese art from the 15th to 20th centuries.
BERGMAN: A YEAR IN A LIFE (15) 2018 SWEDEN MAGNUSSON, JANE £19.99
Documentary that profiles Swedish film director Ingmar Bergman during 1957 when he released two of his most acclaimed films, ‘The Seventh Seal’ and ‘Wild Strawberries’.
DAWSON CITY: FROZEN TIME (15) 2016 MORRISON , BILL DVD – £102.99 BLU RAY – £19.99
In 1978 more than 500 silent film reels from the early 1900s were found buried beneath a swimming pool in the Canadian town of Dawson City. Bill Morrison pieced together the films to create a documentary about the town.
PATH OF BLOOD (18) 2018 HACKER, JONATHAN £15.99
British documentary giving an insight into the Al Qaeda terrorist campaign in Saudi Arabia between 2003 and 2009.
RBG (PG) 2018 WEST,B/COHEN, J £15.99
The film examens the life and career of Supreme Court Justice of the United States, Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Throughout her career Ruth has been an advocate for women’s rights, having faced discrimination due to her own gender when starting out in her profession.
THE RUSSIAN REVOLUTION IN COLOUR/FASCISM IN COLOUR (E) £19.99
Double bill of colour documentaries exploring two of the most significant political movements in the first half of the 20th century. ‘Russian Revolution in Colour’ endeavours to tell the story of the 1917 rebellion which landed power in the hands of Lenin and the Russian Communist Party. ‘Fascism in Colour’ explores the rise to power of the Italian fascist leader Benito Mussolini and his relationship with Adolf Hitler.
SHOAH: THE FOUR SISTERS – THE MASTERS OF CINEMA SERIES (E) 2018 LANZMANN, CLAUDE FRANCE DVD – £19.99 BLU RAY – £19.99
The documentary interviews four Jewish women – Paula Biren, Ruth Elias, Ada Lichtman, Hanna Marton – about their experiences during the Holocaust as they consider the improbability of their survival and how they managed to build lives for themselves after such trauma.

 

DVDs available to buy from J.Whiting Books/Worldonlinecinema.com at –

http://www.worldonlinecinema.com/Home/documentaries

Galician movie – DHOGS – issued on dvd

DhogsDHOGS (18) 2017 SPAIN GOTEIRA, ANDRÉS IN GALICIAN £12.99
Independent Galician film in which shocking crimes take place in an indifferent world. The film blurs the thin line between victims, criminals and spectators.

The characters in the film are, a woman who doesn’t correspond with the widely agreed clichés of her gender, a businessman, a taxi driver who could be a transvestite, a tough guy and a shop assistant whose mother says his hair is too long. These are just a few of the Dhogs (Dogs+Hogs) that inhabit the film.

These Dhogs lurk in a bar, a hotel room, a petrol station, a cabin in the middle of the desert and a car at nighttime. When the camera turns its gaze to the fourth wall, we see the audience watching them all: perhaps it’s us, as participants in a game or observers of a transformation that somebody – whom we least expect – has decided on.

In Galician with English subtitles

DVD available to buy at –
http://www.worldonlinecinema.com/Home/spanish-latin-american-films-on-dvd

Some French films on dvd celebrating LGBT history month

L’ÂGE ATOMIQUE /ATOMIC AGE (18) 2012 FRANCE KLOTZ, HÉLÉNA £15.99
Victor (Eliott Paquet) and Rainer (Dominik Wojcik), two old friends, head into Paris for a night out to take in the excesses of the city, which eventually leads them to see their friendship in a different light.
LES AMOURS IMAGINAIRES/HEARTBEATS (15) 2010 CANADA DOLAN, XAVIER IN FRENCH £15.99
Drama chronicling a love triangle between three 20-something metrosexual friends in Montreal: Marie (Monia Chokri), Frankie (Xavier Dolan) and Nicolas (Niels Schneider).
BEAU TRAVAIL (15) 1998 FRANCE CLAIRE DENIS £19.99
Director Claire Denis’ intensely physical study of tensions within a platoon of legionnaires stationed in North Africa.
LA BELLE SAISON /SUMMERTIME (15) 2015 FRANCE CORSINI, CATHERINE £15.99
Set in 1971 Paris, radical feminist Carole falls for fellow feminist Delphine. However when Delphine returns to the family farm to look after her sick father, Carole decides to join her but finds that the rural community isn’t as liberal as Paris.
LA CAGE AUX FOLLES (15) 1979 FRANCE MOLINARO, EDOUARD £15.99
Comedy about two ageing homosexual lovers who pretend to be a normal married couple for the sake of their sons marriage plans.
LA CAGE AUX FOLLES II (15) 1980 FRANCE MOLINARO, EDOUARD £15.99
Sequel to this hit comedy.
CE QU’ON A/WHAT WE HAVE (15) 2014 CANADA DESMONS, MAXIME £15.99
Leaving a troubled life behind in Paris, gay teacher Maurice Lesmers (Desmons) move to the remote town of North Bay, Ontario and gets a job tutoring 15-year-old Allan (Alex Ozerov), who becomes infatuated with his teacher. When Maurice learns that Allan is being bullied by his peers he feels compelled to step in, to his own detriment.
COMING OUT (15) 2013 CANADA BLANCHARD, MATHIEU £15.99
The explosive lives, loves and losses of an intermingled group of Montrealers are explored as they confront the subject of difference.
COMING OUT: SEASON 2 (15) 2014 CANADA IN FRENCH £15.99
Second season of the French-Canadian series about the gay community in Montreal
CRUSTACÉS & COQUILLAGES/COCKLES AND MUSCLES (15) 2005 FRANCEDUCASTEL, O/MARTINEAU, J£17.99
Hit comedy that looks at love and sexual identity over a balmy summer holiday.
LES DEMOISELLES DE ROCHEFORT (U) 1967 FRANCE DEMY, JACQUES £22.99
Musical comedy with Catherine Deneuve and Gene Kelly which the BFI files under ‘queer aesthetic’.
EMBRASSE-MOI!/KISSING YOU (15) 2017 FRANCE MICHEL, O/VIAL,C £15.99
Romance in which carefree Océane meets the beautiful photographer Cécile. If their relationship is going to last Océane, will have to grow up, but is she actually be capable of growing up?
LES ENFANTS TERRIBLES (12) FRANCE 1949 B/W COCTEAU, JEAN £19.99
Compelling tale of incestuous obsession based on the Jean Cocteau.
EVEN LOVERS GET THE BLUES (18) 2017 BELGIUM MICHELI , LAURENT £15.99
Drama about a group of 30-something friends living in Brussels, who fall in and out of relationships until a tragedy upsets their hedonistic lifestyle.
I KILLED MY MOTHER (15) 2009 CANADA CANADA DOLAN, IN FRENCH £15.99
Directorial debut of young French-Canadian actor Xavier Dolan is a cathartic, fiercely compelling evocation of turbulent late adolescence. Visually stunning, with exquisite performances from Dolan himself – as the volatile, verbally savage Hubert – and a highly acclaimed cast including Anne Dorval and Suzanne Clément, I Killed My Mother was the winner of 22 international film awards in 2009, including three categories at Cannes.
L’INCONNU DU LAC/STRANGER BY THE LAKE (18) FRANCE GUIRAUDIE, ALAIN DVD – £15.99 BU RAY – £19.99
Franck is an attractive young male who falls in love with Michel, a lethally dangerous man in this tense thriller.
LES INVISIBLES (E) 2012 FRANCE LIFSHITZ, SÉBASTIEN £12.99
Award winning documentary about elderly homosexuals living in France. Director Sébastien Lifshitz speaks to male and female homosexuals who were born between the World Wars and who embraced their sexuality at a time when society excluded them.
LAURENCE ANYWAYS (12) 2012 CANADA DOLAN, £15.99
French-Canadian romantic drama about the effect of a sex change on a long-standing heterosexual relationship.
MARVIN OU LA BELLE ÉDUCATION /REINVENTING MARVIN (15) 2017 FRANCE FONTAINE, ANNE £13.99
Based on true events in which a young boy Marvin struggles against his family’s oppressive views of sexuality and personal identity. Leaves for Paris to reinvent himself and the films follows Marvin as a mid-twenties theatre student.
MÊME PAS MORT/TOMBOY (U) 2007 FRANCE SCIAMMA, CÉLINE £16.99
10-year-old tomboy Laure (Zoé Héran) moves to a different neighbourhood with her family, Laure is mistaken for a boy by Lisa (Jeanne Disson) and decides to accept this new identity under the name of Michaël. She spends a summer with Lisa, playing games and experiencing first kisses, but it is only a matter of time before the truth emerges.
NÉS EN 68/BORN IN 68 (15) 2008 FRANCE DUCASTEL,OLIVIER £15.99
The film is set 20 years after a group of revolutionary students have grown up and their children are now maturing into rebellious adults just like their parents before them.
ORPHEE (PG) FRANCE 1949 B/W COCTEAU, JEAN £19.99
Jean Cocteau, the renowned poet, artist and writer, is another major figure in LGBT history and this film is his take on the Orpheus myth.
LES PETITS MOUCHOIRS/LITTLE WHITE LIES (15) 2010 FRANCE CANET, GUILLAUME DVD – £17.99 BLU RAY – £22.99
Emotional drama in which a group of friends try to escape their problems by going on a trip to the seaside together. Despite their intentions to relax, however, they find themselves caught in a web of long-repressed lust and emotion.
THEO AND HUGO (18) 2016 FRANCE DUCASTEL, O/MARTINEAU,J DVD – £15.99 BLU RAY – £17.99
Intense tale shot in real time in which Theo and Hugo meet in a Paris clubs. As the night wears on, they discover they need to know more about each other and a relationship begins.
TOM À LA FERME/TOM AT THE FARM (15) 2013 CANADA DOLAN, XAVIER DVD – £12.99 BLU RAY – £14.99
Tom, played by Xavier Dolan, travels to the country from his home in the city to attend the funeral of his recently deceased boyfriend. When he arrives at the family home, he soon realises that his relationship has been kept secret from his lover’s family.
LA VIE D’ADÈLE /BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOUR (18) 2013 FRANCE KECHICHE, ABDEL. DVD – £15.99 BLU RAY – £19.99
Award-winning drama about 15-year-old Adèle who lead a typical teenage life of school, parents and boys. However Adele’s life is turned upside down after a chance encounter with a beguiling blue-haired Emma, which forces her to question her desires and assert herself as a woman and as an adult Throughout their relationship the two young women learn a lot about the pains and joys of being in love and the importance of staying true to oneself.
YVES SAINT LAURENT (15) 2014 FRANCE LESPERT, JALIL £15.99
Biopic following the life and work of the French fashion designer.

In French with English subtitles

DVD available to buy at

http://www.worldonlinecinema.com/Home/french-dvds

Ingmar Bergman ‘s – SAWDUST AND TINSEL – issued on Blu Ray

sawdust and tinselSAWDUST AND TINSEL – THE CRITERION COLLECTION (12) 1953 SWEDEN BERGMAN, INGMAR BLU RAY ONLY – £23.99
Set in a turn-of-the-twentieth-century circus travelling through the countryside, this psychological drama is a story of love, jealousy, humiliation and loss.

In Swedish with English subtitles

SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack

Audio commentary by Ingmar Bergman scholar Peter Cowie

Introduction by Bergman from 2003

PLUS: An essay by critic John Simon

Also recently released Ingmar Bergman dvd/Blu Ray –

Magic FluteTHE MAGIC FLUTE (U) 1975 SWEDEN BERGMAN , INGMAR £19.99
Ingmar Bergman’s televised production of the operatic fairy tale by Mozart in which young Tamino’s life is saved and he sets about rescuing the Queen of the Night’s daughter, aided by his magic flute.

In Swedish with English subtitles

Special Features

Interactive Menus

Bonus Footage

Trailers

Other Documentary: ‘Papageno’ (1935) – Lotte Reniger’s silhouette-animation; ‘In Mozart’s Footsteps’ (1938) – Travelogue by Lady Dunn; ‘On Such a Night’ (1955) – The adventures of an American opera enthusiast as they visit Glyndebourne for the first time

 

DVD available to buy at –

http://www.worldonlinecinema.com/Home/scandinavian-films-on-dvd

Palestinian movie – WAJIB – issued on dvd

wajibWAJIB (15) 2017 PALESTINE JACIR, ANNEMARIE £15.99
A Palestinian man reunites with his estranged son in preparation for his daughter’s wedding. However old tensions begin to resurface between the pair as they await confirmation of whether Shadi’s mother, who has moved to America, will be able to attend.

In Arabic with English subtitles

DVD available to buy from –

http://www.worldonlinecinema.com/Home/africa-middle-east-mediterranean-cinema-on-dvd

Romantic epic – COLD WAR – out on dvd and Blu Ray

cold warCOLD WAR (15) 2018 POLAND PAWLIKOWSKI, PAWEL DVD – £15.99 BLU RAY – £19.99
Shot beautifully in black and white, this romantic epic is set in Post war Europe. Two people with different backgrounds and temperaments beginning an affair, but the Cold War splits them apart. One heads for the freedom of West and one opts to stay. An impossible love story in impossible times.

DVD available to buy at –

www.worldonlinecinema.com/Home/russian-and-eastern-european-films-on-dvd

 

 

Colombian film – ¿CÓMO TE LLAMAS? /EVA AND CANDELA – issued on dvd

eva and candela¿CÓMO TE LLAMAS? /EVA AND CANDELA (18) 2018 COLOMBIA CAUDELI , RUTH £15.99
Two professional ambition young women falling for each other. However over time Eva and Candela find their relationship failing as they see themselves turning into a conventional couple. The film explores a relationship bound and inevitably ended by the same thing: their dreams.

In Spanish with English subtitles

DVD available to buy at –
http://www.worldonlinecinema.com/Home/spanish-latin-american-films-on-dvd