Saturday, June 1, 2019

Announcing the 6th Annual Rule, Britannia Blogathon

I am proud to announce the 6th Annual Rule Britannia Blogathon, which will take place August 2, August 3, and August 4 2019. 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.

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 2009. 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 ten 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 August 2, August 3, or August 4.

If you want to participate in the Rule Britannia Blogathon, you can simply comment below or get a hold of me on Twitter at mercurie80 or at my email:  mercurie80 at

Below is a roster of participants and the topics they are covering. Come August 2 I will make a post that will include all of the posts in the blogathon:

Caftan Woman: The Detective (1954)
The Stop Button: Gregory's Girl (1981)
Realweegiemidget Reviews: I Don't Want to Be Born (1975)
Crítica Retrô: The Queen of Spades (1949)
Cinematic Catharsis: The Day the Earth Caught Fire (1961)
Silver Screenings: Fire Over England (1937)
Cinematic Scribblings: The Entertainer (1960)
In the Good Old Days of Classic Hollywood: The films of Petula Clark
Pale Writer: Pride and Prejudice (2005)
Retromoviebuff:  Gaslight (1940)
MovieRob: The Yellow Rolls-Royce (1964), Robin and Marion (1976) and A Single Man (2009)
Cinema EssentialsHell is a City (1960)
Moon in Gemini: The L-Shaped Room (1961)
A Shroud of Thoughts: Genevieve (1953)
Cinema Essentials: The Iron Maiden (1962)
Silver Scenes: 20 Great Little-Known British Classics"

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


Caftan Woman said...

I'm in! I'd like to work up something on The Detective, 1954 wherein Alec Guinness gives us his take on G.K. Chesterton's Father Brown.

Andrew Wickliffe said...

Okay here we go... Gregory's Girl for The Stop Button?

Terence Towles Canote said...

Paddy and Andrew, I have you down for The Detective and Gregory's Girl respectively!

Realweegiemidget Reviews said...

Hello, thanks for holding this again, can I review Whistle Down The Wind (1961)? love Gill from Realweegiemidget Reviews


I guess it's time for me to finally watch The Queen of Spades (1949).
Le from Critica Retro

Barry P. said...

Hi there! I would like to review The Day the Earth Caught Fire (1961) for Cinematic Catharsis.

Thanks! :)

Silver Screenings said...

I'd love to do "Fire Over England", because I've been meaning to see it for months.

Silver Screenings said...

Oops - forgot to include the year, 1937.

Erin said...

Could I write about The Entertainer (1960)? My blog is Cinematic Scribblings: Thank you!

retromoviebuff said...

Hello, could I write about the original 'Gaslight', please? My blog is Retro Movie Buff: Thank you!

MovieRob said...

Hey Ter,

Can I do - The Yellow Rolls-Royce (1964), Robin and Marion (1976) and A Single Man (2009)? Let me if any of them dont meet the requirements and I'll pick something else.


Jay said...

Hi Terence. Please put me down for Hell is a City (1960).

Debbie Vega said...

Finally catching up with all the blogathons. Please put me down for The L-Shaped Room (1962). Thanks!

Realweegiemidget Reviews said...

Hi there, can I change my post choice to I Don't Want to Be Born (1975).. just saw it last night and adored it. Thanks from Gill at Realweegiemidget Reviews

Jay said...

Hi. I'm also going to do a post on The Iron Maiden (1962).

The Metzinger Sisters said...

How juicy! I'd like to contribute two posts. Haven't decided on the second one, but the first will definitely be "20 Great Little-Known British Classics". - Constance Metzinger of Silver Scenes ( )

Erin said...

Here's my post: Thanks!

Jay said...

This is my post on Hell is a City: