Free ticket giveaway for classic silent film telling of naval battle

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FREE tickets are being given out for a screening of a historic film telling the story of a significant naval 
battle.

The National Museum of the Royal Navy, in Portsmouth, is hosting the screening on December 10 at the No 6 Cinema in Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard.

They will be showing the British silent film classic The Battles of Coronel and the Falkland Islands.

The screening, which starts at 7.30pm, features a live introduction from the British Film Institute curator Bryony Dixon who led the film’s restoration to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War.

Joining her is the National Museum of the Royal Navy’s strategic development executive, historian and author Nick Hewitt.

The film is a thrilling reconstruction of two decisive naval battles from the early stages of the First World 
War.

The Battle of Coronel, off the coast of Chile, was the first defeat of the Royal Navy for a hundred years and a triumph for German Admiral von Spee.

The retaliatory strike was instigated six weeks later by British tactician Admiral Fisher who sent two new battle cruisers, Invincible and Inflexible, to the South Atlantic to restore British supremacy.

Tickets are available free of charge at nmrnp.eventbrite.co.uk.

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