Edith Cavell on Film 1915-1928 Cuppa Talk

Wednesday, 18 Mar 20 at 14:00 PM
£6.60 incl. tea/coffee and cake

Wartime propaganda and peacetime diplomacy 

£6.60 incl. tea/coffee and cake
(doors open 13:15)
When the German occupiers in Belgium shot Edith Cavell for treason in 1915 they handed the British and their allies a perfect propaganda opportunity to portray the enemy as brutal and uncivilized. This talk will discuss the representations of the Cavell case on film as part of the allied propaganda of the 1914-18 war.

After the war in the 1920s international relations shifted significantly, and cinema took a key role in cementing more friendly relations within Europe and in remembrance activities through battle reconstructions and war stories. Lawrence Napper's accessible talk and film clip selections will shine a light on the diplomatic controversy sparked by the continuing interest in the case, and in particular by Herbert Wilcox's extraordinary retelling of Cavell's story in the film 'Dawn' (1928).

Dr Lawrence Napper is a senior lecturer at King's College London who has published widely on British and silent films.

Performing live: Mike Nolan
1h 30m incl. Q&A.

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