THE story of the movie business will be revealed when a new course gets under way.

Durham's Clayport Library is to run a ten-week evening course on the history of film, starting on Wednesday.

The tutor for the course is David Williams, who has lectured internationally on the history of cinema and has had research published in film history journals and books.

He hopes to publish his history of cinema in Durham this year.

The first session of the course, at the Durham County Council-run library, will look at the first attempts to produce and exploit moving pictures.

At other sessions, he will show classics from his own collection acquired from film archives around the world.

New copying technologies have made many films available that were previously unknown or thought to be lost.

Sessions will be held from 7pm to 9pm and anyone wanting to take part in the course is asked to register at the reference library as places are limited.