Magazine article Screen International

Falklands Film Gets LFF Archive Gala

Magazine article Screen International

Falklands Film Gets LFF Archive Gala

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A new restoration of British silent film The Battles of Coronel and Falkland Islands (1927) has been selected as the London Film Festival Archive gala screening.

The virtually unknown film charts two key battles faced by the Royal Navy in the early days of the First World War.

Directed by Walter Summers, filming took place in the open seas around Malta with the Scilly Isles standing in for the Falklands.

The restoration was carried out by the BFI National Archive team and Deluxe Digital.

The film had suffered extensive wear and tear during its 86-year history with damage in some key shots as well as some missing inserts, including letters and telegrams.

The incomplete main titles containing the credits for the producer and director have been recreated from single frames containing a faint shadow.

The restoration has been created in digital and 35mm. …

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