Determining Availability of Films and TV Programs
It is a very good idea to verify the availability of a film or TV program before proposing it as a meeting topic; a film or TV program that is in the wrong format, unlicensed for library showing, very expensive, or difficult to locate will make it difficult or impossible to show the film or program during the meeting. It is possible to have a successful meeting by circulating the film or program around the club in the days or weeks before the meeting; however, there is more work involved since we tend to need multiple copies of the film or program circulating in order to get it around to everyone in time. Circulating the film before the meeting has the added advantage that the film doesn't need to be licensed for library showing and we can devote the whole meeting to the topic, not just the time remaining after the film has been shown.
The tabs below give more detail about each of these aspects of determining film or TV program availability.
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The London Public Library requires that Science Fiction London admit people of every age to its programs so it is necessary that the films and TV programs we show are not overly sexual or overly violent. Typically, that means that we can't show films that have an Ontario rating of "R" ("Restricted"). However, exceptions can be made on a case by case basis so, if in doubt, contact the Library Liaison member of the SFL Executive and he/she will see if the movie you want to show is acceptable to the Library.