To cite a film in Harvard style you will need the following:

  • Title of the film
  • Film’s date of release
  • Name of director
  • Place of distribution
  • Name of production company

Film citation format: Harvard style

Film Title (Year of distribution) Directed by Director Initial(s). Surname [Film]. Place of distribution: Production company.

For example:

Citizen Kane (1941) Directed by O. Welles [Film]. Los Angeles: RKO Radio Pictures.

If the film was viewed on DVD or Blu-ray, the format is as follows:

Film Title (Year of distribution) Directed by Director Initial(s). Surname [DVD/Blue-ray]. Place of distribution: Production company.

For example:

Bridesmaids (2011) Directed by P. Feig [Blue-ray]. Los Angeles: Apatow Productions.

Citing a film streamed online

If you viewed a film on a streaming service like Netflix, Amazon Prime or Mubi, or on a catch-up service like BBC iPlayer or All 4, the format is as follows:

Film Title (Year of distribution) Directed by Director Initial(s). Surname. Available at: Name of Streaming Service (Accessed: Day Month Year).

For example:

Phantom Thread (2017) Directed by P. T. Anderson. Available at: Netflix (Accessed: 25 April 2022).