Last year A Shroud of Thoughts hosted the British Invaders Blogathon, a celebration of the best in British classic films. The British Invaders Blogathon was such a success that I decided to make it an annual event. While many people think of Hollywood when they think of classic movie, the fact is that the United Kingdom made many significant contributions to film over the years. From the Gainsborough melodramas to Hammer Films to the British New Wave, cinema would be much poorer without the British. I've scheduled this year's British Invaders Blogathon for July 31, August 1, and August 2.
Here are the ground rules for this year's blogathon:
1. Posts can be about any British film or any topic related to British films. For the sake of simplicity, I am using "British" here to refer to any film made by a company based in the United Kingdom or British Crown dependencies. If you want to write about a film made in Northern Ireland or the Isle of Man, then, you can do so. Also for the sake of simplicity, people can write about co-productions made with companies from outside the United Kingdom. For example, since 2001: A Space Odyssey is a British-American co-production, someone could write about it if they chose.
2. There is no limit on subject matter. You can write about any film in any genre you want. Posts can be on everything from the British New Wave to the Gainsborough bodice rippers to the Hammer Horrors. I am also making no limit on the format posts can make. You could review a classic British film, make an in-depth analysis of a series of British films, or even simply do a pictorial tribute to a film. That having been said, since this is a classic film blogathon, I only ask that you write about films made before 1990. I generally don't think of a film as a classic until it has been around for thirty years, but to give bloggers more options I am setting the cut off point at twenty five years ago.
3. I am asking that there please be no duplicates. That having been said, if someone has already chosen to cover From Russia with Love (1963), someone else could write about the James Bond series as a whole.
4. I am not going to schedule days for individual posts. All I ask is that the posts be made on or between July 31, August 1, or August 2.
If you want to participate in the British Invaders Blogathon, you can get a hold of me either on Twitter at mercurie80 or at my email: mercurie80 at gmail.com, or you can simply comment below.
Below is a roster of participants and the topics they are covering. Come July 31 I will make a post that will include all of the posts in the blogathon.
The Hitless Wonder Blog: Where Eagles Dare
Defiant Success: Four Queer Films--Victim; Sunday, Bloody Sunday; My Beautiful Laundrette; and Maurice
Moon in Gemini: A Fish Called Wanda
The Wonderful World of Cinema: The Importance of Being Earnest (1952)
Crítica Retrô: Zulu
CineMaven's: ESSAYS from the COUCH: Night and the City
Outspoken & Freckled: Room With a View
Ramblings of a Cinephile: Room at The Top
Cinephilia: I Know Where I'm Going!
MovieMovieBlogBlog: A Hard Day's Night and Help!
In The Good Old Days Of Classic Hollywood: Goodbye Mr. Chips (1939) and Go On Singing
Girls Do Film: Blue Scar
Speakeasy: The Damned (1963)
Bubblegum Aesthetics: Quadrophenia
The Stop Button: Hope and Glory
Love Letters to Old Hollywood: The Tales of Hoffmann
Noirish: Whistle Down the Wind
Back to Golden Days: The End of the Affair
litlover12: The Scapegoat
The Joy and Agony of Movies: Get Carter (1971), The Long Good Friday, The Hit, and Mona Lisa
portraitsbyjenni: The Wicked Lady
Once Upon a Screen: The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934)
Sacred Celluloid: Murder on the Orient Express (1974)
Pop Culture Reverie: The Lion in Winter
Movies Silently: The Lad From Old Ireland (1910)
Sister Celluloid: The Holly and the Ivy
A Shroud of Thoughts: The Ladykillers (1955)
Bnoirdetour: It Always Rains on Sunday
Voyages Extraordinaires: "The Edwardian Scientific Romances of Amicus Productions"
Almost Ginger: Hell is a City (1960) and A Taste of Honey (1961)
Below are several banners for participants in the blogathon to use (or you can always make your own):