The Battle of the Somme (1916)

Saturday 1 Oct at 7.30pm – Leicester Cathedral

Silent film with live music by Laura Rossi. Performed by Leicester Symphony Orchestra

Tickets £10/£7 concs. available from Leicester Cathedral Shop,,



Presented by DMU Local in association with the British Silent Film Festival as part of Somme100.

Film courtesy of Imperial War Museum.  All proceeds to LOROS and DMU Square Mile India Charities



For more information on Somme1000 see:

Silent Cinema and the Transition to Sound

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23rd May 2016 – 24th May 2016
Last Booking Date for this Event
24th May 2016
Two-day colloquium.


The transition from silent to synchronised sound cinema in Britain between 1927 and 1933 was a period which changed British cinema as both industry and art form forever, but which has largely been overlooked by cinema historians.

This colloquium will examine the arrival of sound across the industry in terms of economics, employment, technology and infrastructure, as well as the shift in film form and style including its impact on production, distribution, exhibition, reception and critique. We invite papers from a range of disciplines that help to advance our understanding of the film industry during this tumultuous period when studios and cinemas were forced to re-equip and reinvest, when stars and creative personnel faced considerable turmoil and when British cinema’s relationship with non-Anglophone countries, particularly in Europe, was to change forever.

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On 28-29th April 2016, at Kings College London


The British Silent Filunnamedm Festival affords scholars, archivists and enthusiasts the opportunity to re-asses film-making in Britain between 1895 and 1930. By bringing forgotten films out of the archive, and encouraging scholarly activity that can place those films in appropriate production and reception contexts, the festival has been the driving force behind a complete re-appraisal of what was previously an almost unknown cinema.

This one-day symposium is intended to complement the festival itself – an opportunity to consider the achievements and the key debates brought to light by the festival, and to discuss the new directions that future research may take.

200 word proposals for 15 minute papers are invited on any aspect of film-making and film-going in Britain from 1895-1930. We encourage submissions from early career researchers and independent scholars, and this year especially welcome papers which respond to the themes of the most recent festival, and the current AHRB project on ‘British Silent Cinema and the Transition to Sound’.

Proposals should be submitted by March 29th to

A big thank-you and a little light reading…

Thanks to all for coming to the 18th British Silent Film Festival a fantastic event with near flawless organisation – see Silent London for excellent coverage of films, events and general goings-on

We will be bringing you more British silents news when we have a mo but in the meantime news from our good friends David Cleveland and Brian Pritchard whose magnum opus is newly available – a colossal (literally) labour of love How Films Were Made, which no self respective silent film fan should be without.

see here

How Films Were Made

The 18th British Silent Film Festival Brochure

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The 18th British Silent Film Festival brochure is now ready. If you would like a copy in advance of the Festival please email with your mailing details and we will post a copy out.

Or see link below for a pdf copy:

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