If you missed the London Film Festival gala screening of The Battles of Coronel and Falkland Islands last month, and it isn’t showing at a cinema near you, and you can’t wait for the home video release in February 2015 … well all is not lost. Walter Summers’ naval epic is avilable on the BFIplayer, in the comfort of your own computer, and you can rent it for just £10, or £8.50 for BFI members.
But what is more, from 11.02am on Tuesday 11 November 2014, for 24 hours, streaming The Battles of Coronel and Falkland Islands is totally, delightfully free.
To whet your appetite, this short video about scoring the movie is free – all the time.
There are several more British silent films on the BFIplayer, as you might expect, in glistening high-definition. Here’s a quick Silent London top 10, in no particular order:
- The Epic of Everest (1924) – £3.50
- High Treason (silent version, 1929) – £2.50
- Christmas Carol (1914) – free
- Scenes at Chester on the River Dee (1901) – free
- Underground (1928) – £3.50
- Flowers of London (1924) – free
- The Great White Silence (1924) – £3.50
- The Mistletoe Bough (1904) – free
- Ladies on Bicycles (1899) – free
- Cocaine (1922) – £1
And a couple of little-known gems from foreign parts, as a bonus: