movie database launchedUK Film Council website lists 30,000 movies

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Fans of obscure cinema may have had their lives made much easier by a new website launched today.

The site allows users to search for films and tells them where and how they can watch them, giving cinema listings, DVD sale and rental options and suggesting legal download sites.

More than 30,000 films are available on the catalogue including action movies, thrillers, classics and Bollywood hits.

Searching for a film will bring up all the formats it is available in, broken down by proximity, price and popularity.

Cinemagoers will be able to read a synopsis of the film, watch the trailer and then click through to book tickets or buy or rent the DVD. makes it easy for film lovers screenshot

Peter Buckingham, head of distribution and exhibition at the UK Film Council, which set up the site, said: 'This new site is going to transform how consumers find the films they want to watch - we will soon wonder how we ever coped without it.

'We have turned what was often an incredibly time-consuming, frustrating process into one that makes it much easier for film fans to see films in the UK.'

And if the film you are looking for turns out to be unavailable in the UK, you can sign up to receive an email alert when it finally reaches these shores.

Lord Puttnam, the producer of Chariots Of Fire, The Killing Fields and The Mission, welcomed the new website.

"I am delighted that the UK Film Council has developed this innovative and user-friendly site to make it that much easier for people find films in a digital age," he said.

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