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The Silent London Poll of 2019: vote now!

It’s election week here in the UK, and while I know the decision is easier for some of us than others, voting in a new government is always a serious business. So why not distract yourself from all that by using your franchise to support silent cinema as well? I can’t make many promises, but I can assure you that voting in the Silent London Poll is more fun than a General Election debate.


Yes, if you vote in the poll you can enter a prize draw to win a copy of 30-Second Cinema, the movie book I edited this year. Please note that this prize draw is open to UK residents only.

Tonka of the Gallows (1930)
Tonka of the Gallows (1930)

This is how it works, if you’re new around here. Click the poll link below or just scroll down and start voting. The survey will ask you to answer a selection of questions (very few of which are mandatory) about your silent film favourites from the past year. Think of it not so much as a quiz but as a chance to cheerlead for the films, music, books, discs and people that made your 2019 better. God knows we needed it.

People do appreciate your votes, believe me, so here’s your chance to support your silent cinema champions with a few clicks. No need to traipse to the church hall, no tiny pencils on pieces of string.

Der Golem (1920)
Der Golem (1920)


Are you struggling to remember the festivals, films, and music that you loved the most in 2019? Well take a look back through the pages of Silent London, or the Silent Film Calendar or ithankyou, both of which sites kept up to date with silent happenings all year round. Far better than I did.

La Roue (1923)
La Roue (1923)

But this year, for example, brought us a summer Weimar extravaganza at the BFI, new restorations of films by George Pearson, Abel Gance and Clarence Brown, a bumper load of festivals, some brilliant music commissions and, it seems to me, a particularly fine selections of silent cinema Blu-ray and DVD releases.


And how could I not mention the fact that this year saw nn especially strong focus on the women of early and silent cinema, including Lois Weber, Alice Guy-Blaché and those beloved “Nasty Women” who returned to Pordenone and turned up in a few other places too.

Betty Balfour as Tiny Toes in Love, Life and Laughter (1923)
Betty Balfour as Tip Toes in Love, Life and Laughter (1923). Photograph: British Film Institute


Don’t be afraid to lobby for your favourites, or to vote for events outside the UK. The poll is now a global affair and the more votes the merrier. Sharing is caring!

So This is Paris (1926)
So This is Paris (1926)

I will be closing the poll on 31 December, so you have plenty of time to ponder your choices – but don’t forget to vote!

Forbidden Paradise (1924)

Follow this link to fill in the survey – or scroll down and get started straight away.

  • Refresh your memory by finding out who won last year, here.
  • Just to be absolutely clear, I am obviously not suggesting that you shouldn’t vote in the General Election. Vote early, vote often, vote wisely but just vote!
  • Next year, in just a few weeks, the Roaring Twenties begin all over again and I cannot wait – cannot wait – to share some of the projects I have in the offing. I know Silent London has been quiet of late (ho ho), but I have been working on some things I hope to be able to share with you in the new year. It’s going to be another great year I can tell. Not only that, but next year Silent London celebrates its 10th birthday. DOUBLE FIGURES! I feel so very, very old …
  • Silent London will always be free to all readers. If you enjoy checking in with the site, including reports from silent film festivals, features and reviews, please consider shouting me a coffee on my Ko-Fi page.
  • 30-Second Cinema makes an excellent Christmas present, IMO.
30-Second Cinema (ed. Pamela Hutchinson)
30-Second Cinema


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