100 Years on... Lads of the Village: from stage to silent film to court
Updated: May 5
In 1919 a film version of the hit stage show Lads of the Village lurched into cinemas. The show had been touring the UK for two years at this point, and would continue to tour for at least another four. But the film is mired in controversy.
Read the blog I wrote for the Great War Theatre project which gives an overview of the stage show, the film, and the subsequent copyright court case.
This is an abridged version of a paper I gave at the British Silent Film Festival Symposium in 2018, and I hope to write an extended journal article this year. Watch this space.
You can hear me talking about this paper on the Audiovisual Cultures podcast episode 13, which includes an overview of the Symposium, and interviews with other speakers.
You can watch the film for free on the BFIplayer