Tell England (film)

Tell England is a 1931 British drama film directed by Anthony Asquith and Geoffrey Barkas and starring Fay Compton, Tony Bruce and Carl Harbord.[1] It is based on the novel Tell England by Ernest Raymond which featured two young men joining the army, and taking part in the fighting at Gallipoli.[2] Both directors had close memories of Gallipoli, as did Fay Compton's brother, Compton Mackenzie. Asquith's father H. H. Asquith had been Prime Minister at the time of the Gallipoli Landings, a fact which drew press attention to the film, while Barkas had personally fought at Suvla Bay in the Gallipoli campaign.

Tell England
Directed byAnthony Asquith
Geoffrey Barkas
Produced byH. Bruce Woolfe
Written byErnest Raymond (novel)
A.P. Herbert
Anthony Asquith
StarringFay Compton
Tony Bruce
Carl Harbord
Dennis Hoey
Music byHubert Bath
CinematographyJack Parker
Stanley Rodwell
James E. Rogers
Edited byMary Field
Distributed byWardour Films
Release date
2 March 1931
Running time
80 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

In the United States it was released under the alternative title The Battle of Gallipoli.


The film had originally been intended to be made as a silent film, but was delayed. It was made at Welwyn Studios using the German Klangfilm process. Much of the film was shot on location in Malta, standing in for Gallipoli.



  2. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 6 May 2009. Retrieved 25 June 2009.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. Napper L. (2015) Conclusion: Tell England. In: The Great War in Popular British Cinema of the 1920s. Palgrave Macmillan, London

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