I say, old chaps! Pip pip, tally-ho and all that, wot?
That's right, it's time to announce the British Empire Blogathon, hosted by the mad genius who dreamed up the idea in the first place, Clayton at Phantom Empires, and yours truly. We thought it was high time we sally forth into the world of blogathons with one of our own, and we'd like to invite like-minded fellow bloggers to join in the fun.
We love these movies, from beloved classics like Gunga Din, Zulu, The Charge of the Light Brigade and Kim, to less well-known titles like North West Frontier, Bhowani Junction, and King of the Khyber Rifles. We know we're not alone in our regard for these stories of high adventure and stiff-upper-lip heroism.
There are only a few ground rules we ask contributors to follow:
- Films set during the British Empire, particularly with archetypal British characters and subjects.
- No duplicates, please - but different versions of the same films are OK.
- Films made pre-1980, with bonus karma points for those filmed while the empire was still in existence.
- While grinding political axes is OK, to a great extent we would prefer that the films be chosen because they are cool and exciting to watch, in the same way that Westerns and Foreign Legion films are. That doesn't mean that the Brits have to be the good guys!
- The more stiff-upper-lip and "I say, old chap", the better!
The event is scheduled for November 14 - 17. If you would like to submit an entry (or more! Don't be shy), please let us know by leaving a comment on this post below, or the similar announcement here at Phantom Empires. You can also feel free to use our contact forms here (for Clayton) or here (for me).
Please include the title and link to your blog, contact information and of course the title of the film(s) you'd like to cover. We also ask that you include a link to this post and Clayton's in your review, and to use one of the event banners included in this post on your website to help promote the blogathon.
We think this event will prove a jolly good time. Thank you and we look forward to your posts!
Speakeasy - The Man Who Would Be King (1975)
Movies Silently - The Four Feathers (the 1929 and 1939 versions)
Thrilling Days of Yesteryear - Carry On...Up the Khyber (1968)
Silver Screenings - The Life and Death of Col. Blimp (1943)
Tipping My Fedora - The Letter (1940)
Mike's Take on the Movies - Royal Flash (1975)
Tales of the Easily Distracted - Gunga Din (1939)
Girls Do Film - The Charge of the Light Brigade (1968)
A Person in the Dark - The Letter (1929)
Once Upon a Screen - The Little Princess (1917)
Critica Retro - The Rains Came (1939)
Silver Scenes - Kim (1950) and Flame Over India (1959)
Vivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier - Black Narcissus (1947)
Caftan Woman - Last of the Mohicans (1936)
Phantom Empires - Three Sergeants of Bengal (1964)
The Stalking Moon - Lives of a Bengal Lancer (1935)