Can I use Mac Book at same time as watching something on Apple TV?

I recently purchased a Mac Book Pro along with Apple TV. I purchased a movie via Lovefilm (UK based site) on a "watch it now" basis.  I then proceeded to watch using Airplay and "mirroring".  However doing it this way I quickly realised that while the movie is playing on my TV I obviously cannot use my Mac in the meantime, for example searching internet, emails or other documetns.
Is there a way around this?  Can I use Apple TV another way so I can send content from my Mac to the TV to play, but be able to use the Mac at the same time as a computer?
Thanks for your help!  I'm a first time Mac person after 17 years of Windows so still finding my way around! 

Hi alstemp, don't use AirPlay Mirroring for watching movies that you put in your iTunes library. It will not only prevent you from doing anything else on your MBP, but it's also pretty system-intensive. Save AirPlay Mirroring for when you need to do something on the big screen or when you're streaming something from a website.
What you have to do is set up Home Sharing in iTunes. To enable this, go to Preferences (click on "iTunes" on the menu bar and select "Preferences" or press the command and comma [,] keys at the same time). In the window that opens, click the Sharing icon. Make sure the box labeled "Share my library on my local network" is checked then hit OK.
Now turn on your Apple TV and go to Settings. Scroll down to Computers and click Turn On Home Sharing (if the button is labeled Turn Off Home Sharing, then it's already enabled). If you haven't entered your Apple ID and password on your ATV yet, you'll be prompted to do so.
Go back to the ATV's main menu and select the Computers icon. You'll now be able to access the media in your iTunes library from your ATV.
Note that Home Sharing will only work if your computer is on and running iTunes.
EDIT: I see now that you said you bought this film through Lovefilm. Unfortunately, as far as I know, Lovefilm is a streaming service and not yet available on the ATV. So for now, you will be stuck with AirPlay Mirroring. Note that you can also rent movies through iTunes.

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