Victory and Peace

Victory and Peace is a 1918 British silent war film directed by Herbert Brenon and starring Matheson Lang, Marie Lohr and James Carew. The film was produced by the National War Aims Committee that was set up in 1917 to focus on domestic propaganda during the First World War. The novelist Hall Caine was recruited for the committee by the Prime Minister David Lloyd George to write the screenplay. Lloyd George chose Caine due to his experience in the field of cinema and his "reputation as a man of letters".[1] The film was designed to show what would happen in a German invasion.[2] It was mostly shot in Chester with some scenes filmed at Chirk Castle. Most of the negative of the newly finished film was destroyed in a fire at the offices of the London Film Company in June 1918.[3] It was re-filmed over four months, just as the war ended, and so never went on general release.[4] It is a partially lost film, with only around 1,000 feet of film still surviving.[5] Edward Elgar was to have composed the score. Originally entitled The National Film, its alternative title is The Invasion of Britain.

Victory and Peace
Directed byHerbert Brenon
Produced byWilliam F. Jury
Written byHall Caine
StarringMatheson Lang
Marie Lohr
James Carew
Ellen Terry
CinematographyJ. Roy Hunt
Edited byJames C. Mckay
National War Aims Committee
Distributed byNational War Aims Committee
Release date
December 31, 1918
Running time
9000 feet c. 80 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom
English intertitles



  1. "Letter from Lloyd George to Hall Caine, dated 23 October 1917, reprinted in the Daily Telegraph". Daily Telegraph. 10 November 1917.
  2. "Hall Caine's Task". Shields Daily News. 10 November 1917. p. 4.
  3. "Sir Hall Caine's propaganda film destroyed". Aberdeen Press and Journal. 19 June 1918. p. 4.
  4. Slide 2015
  5. Allen p.366-367


  • Allen, Vivien. Hall Caine: Portrait of a Victorian Romancer. Continuum, 1997.
  • Low, Rachael. History of the British Film, 1914-1918. Routledge, 2005.
  • Slide, Anthony (2015), A Special Relationship: Britain Comes to Hollywood and Hollywood Comes to Britain, United States: University.Press of Mississippi, ISBN 978-0-853-23777-8

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