LIVE STREAM - Wartime Propaganda and Peacetime Diplomacy + Q&A


* Booking tickets for this event give you access to the online stream, not the in-person screening *

** Booking for this live stream close s30 mins prior to event. (13:00hrs) **

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An essential look at the compelling historical events and fictionalised narratives behind this afternoon’s feature presentation Dawn.  

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 uncivilised.  After the war 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, illustrated talk will consider Herbert Wilcox’s extraordinary retelling of Cavell’s story in the film Dawn and discuss representations of the Cavell case on film as part of allied propaganda, shining a light on the diplomatic controversy sparked by continuing interest in the case.

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 (piano) 1h 30m incl. Q&A. 

Screening material courtesy of BFI National Archive


To tune in to the Talk live streams please book an e-ticket via the Box Office. The events will be streamed live via YouTube with BSL interpretation and live captioning available. Our live streams are a pilot, and we cannot guarantee that questions submitted digitally will be asked during the event.

All our online talks require a digital device with internet access. You will be sent a viewing link in your confirmation email 48 hours before the event. ** Booking for this live stream close s30 mins prior to event. (13:00hrs) **


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