British Silent Film Festival

The Boer War on Screen TBC

Sat 14 Sep, 1.45pm


In this selection of films from the BFI National Archive and the Imperial War Museum, we will see how the Boer War affected the development of film and how in turn film affected the military.


Presented by Bryony Dixon and Matt Lee The Boer War and the three-and-a-half year-old moving picture industry had a reciprocal effect on each other.


The conflict between the British Empire and the forces of the Transvaal and Orange Free State in South Africa marked a complete change in the nature of warfare - making it practically un-filmable - just as film acquired a new status as one of a number of new media delivering both authentic reportage and entertainments concerning the war.


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