Answered By: Martin Wolf
Last Updated: Aug 13, 2015     Views: 1290

Below is an acceptable way to reference a film. This is using the Harvard system, but if you are using a different system the principles are easily transferable. In essence, you want the reference to look as similar to a book reference as possible, so you look out for the nearest equivalent information.

A template film reference would be:

Director's name (Director). (Year) Title of film in italics [Motion Picture] Country of Production: Name of Studio/Distributor.

Note the country of production is usually taken to be the country where the production studio is based, not necessarily the country where the film was shot.

Here's an example of the principles applied to an actual film:

Scott, R (Director). (2000). Gladiator. [Motion Picture] United States: Dreamworks / Universal Studios

Good sources of information for these details include the British Board of Film Classification and the Internet Movie Database.

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