Sunday, 5 June 2016

Announcing the 3rd Annual British Invaders Blogathon

The past two years A Shroud of Thoughts has hosted the British Invaders Blogathon, a celebration of the best in British films. The blogathon was fairly successful in its first two years, so I am bringing it back for a third. While many people think of Hollywood when they think of classic movies, 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 August 5, August 6, and August 7.

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 take. 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 1991. 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.

With regards to subject matter, I have to say that, this year at least, people might  not want to write posts devoted to legendary actress Margaret Lockwood and her films for the British Invaders Blogathon. This is for the simple reason that in September I will be hosting the Margaret Lockwood Centennial Blogathon in honour of her 100th birthday. If you are a Margaret Lockwood fan, you might want to save any posts about her for that event! I'll make an official announcement for the Margaret Lockwood Centennial Blogathon in the next few days.

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 August 5, August 6, or August 7.

If you want to participate in the British Invaders Blogathon, you can simply comment below or get a hold of me on Twitter at mercurie80, Google+, or at my email:  mercurie80 at gmail.com.

Below is a roster of participants and the topics they are covering. Come August 5 I will make a post that will include all of the posts in the blogathon

The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog: Cone of Silence (1960)

Vitaphone Dreamer: The Red Shoes (1948)

Defiant Success: Local Hero (1983)

Prowler Needs a Jump: So Long at the Fair (1950)

Moon in Gemini: Barry Lyndon (1975)

In the Good Old Days of Classic Hollywood: I Know Where I'm Going (1945)

Movie Movie Blog Blog: Clockwise (1985)

Crítica Retrô: A Matter of Life and Death (1946)

Little Bits of Classics: The Ladykillers (1955)
  
Realweemidgetgirl Reviews Movies, TV, Books, and More: Gregory's Girl (1981)

The Midnite Drive-In: The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) and Pink Floyd--The Wall (1982)

Old Hollywood Films: Great Expectations (1946)

Sometimes They Go to Eleven: It Always Rains on Sunday (1947)

Cinematic Scribblings:  Far from the Madding Crowd (1967)

The Flapper Dame: The 39 Steps (1935)

The Wonderful World of Cinema: Young and Innocent (1937)

A Shroud of Thoughts: The Brides of Dracula (1960)

Thoughts All Sorts: Ask a Policeman (1939)

Below are several banners for participants in the blogathon to use (or you can always make your own):








41 comments:

Dan Day Jr. said...

Hi, this is Dan from The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog. I'd like to write a post on the 1960 airplane drama "Trouble in the Sky" aka "Cone of Silence".

Terence Towles Canote said...

I have you down for it, Dan!

MovieNut14 said...

Hi, this is Anna of Defiant Success. I'd like to write about Local Hero please.

Terence Towles Canote said...

I got you down for it, Anna!

Kerry Fristoe said...

May I do So Long at the Fair (1950)? Prowlerneedsajump.wordpress.com

Terence Towles Canote said...

I have you down for it, Kerry!

Debra Vega said...

Hi, Terry! I think I'll take a bash at Barry Lyndon this year.

Terence Towles Canote said...

I have you down for it, Debra!

Kerry Fristoe said...

Thanks!

Steve Bailey said...

Hello, Terry! My blog is Movie Movie Blog Blog. I'd like to blog about John Cleese's 1985 comedy "Clockwise."

Terence Towles Canote said...

I got you down for it, Steve!

said...

Hi, Terence! I'd like to write about A Matter of Life and Death (1946), please!
Cheers!
Le

Terence Towles Canote said...

I have you down for it, Le!

Domonkos Polonyi said...

Hello, I'd like to review "The Ladykillers" for your blogathon! I'm looking forward to participating :)! My URL is littlebitsofclassics.wordpress.com

Terence Towles Canote said...

Domonkos, I have you down for it!

Gill Jacob said...

I'd like to write about Gregory's Girl. my blog is https://weegiemidget.wordpress.com/

Quiggy said...

I just found this one! The Midnite Drive-In is the perfect venue for a midnight showing of the classic movie The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

Terence Towles Canote said...

Quiggy, I got you down for RHPS!

Terence Towles Canote said...

I got you down for Gregory's Girl, Gill!

Quiggy said...

Thanks Terence. BTW, I have a Film Noir Blogathon in August if you are interested.

Quiggy said...

Just thought about it. Tommy would be a great double feature to go with Rocky Horror. Can I have both?

Terence Towles Canote said...

Yes, Quiggy, you can do both! I'll have to think of something to write about for your Film Noir blogathon.

Amanda Garrett said...

Hi this is Amanda from Old Hollywood Films. I'd like to write about David Lean's 1946 adaptation of Great Expectations

Terence Towles Canote said...

I have you down for it, Amanda!

Erin said...

Could I have Billy Liar? My blog is Cinematic Scribblings: https://cinematicscribblings.wordpress.com/ Thank you!

Terence Towles Canote said...

I have you down for Billy Liar, Erin!

Quiggy said...

Details will be in my blog entry, but due to a personal experience that relates to the two (trust me...)can I alter my choice from Tommy to Pink Floyd-The Wall? I still want to keep RHPS.

Terence Towles Canote said...

Quiggy, sure! I'll get it changed.

Flapper Dame 16 said...

Hello! I'm Emily from the Flapper Dame (theflapperdamefilm.wordpress.com) and would I be able to write about The 39 Steps?

Terence Towles Canote said...

I have you down for it, Emily!

Virginie Pronovost said...

Yay, so glad this is happening again! :) I'd like to write about Hitchcock's Young and Innocent!

https://thewonderfulworldofcinema.wordpress.com

Terence Towles Canote said...

I got you added, Virginie!

Gill Jacob said...

Hi there,

Here's my blogathon entry -sorry bit early but will be away for a wee while in August and unsure when will get online.

https://weegiemidget.wordpress.com/2016/06/27/gregory-girl/

Gill

Erin said...

This is Erin from Cinematic Scribblings. Would it be possible to change my topic to Far from the Madding Crowd (1967)? Thank you.

Terence Towles Canote said...

Thanks, Gill!

Yes, Erin, it would be! I'll get you down for Far from the Madding Crowd.

Erin said...

Here's my post, slightly early: https://cinematicscribblings.wordpress.com/2016/08/03/not-any-mans-property-far-from-the-madding-crowd-1967/ Thank you!

Terence Towles Canote said...

Thanks, Erin!

Steve Bailey said...

My blogathon post is now live at: https://moviemovieblogblog.wordpress.com/2016/08/05/7237/

Amanda Garrett said...

My article about Great Expectations for Old Hollywood Films is now ready to go:

http://www.oldhollywoodfilms.com/2016/08/great-expectations-1946.html

Thanks for hosting

Gill Jacob said...

here's my post about Gregorys Girl for the blogathon, up on my blog now...
https://weegiemidget.wordpress.com/2016/08/05/british-invaders/

Gill from Realweegiemidget Reviews

Terence Towles Canote said...

Thanks, Gill! I have it added!