The Life Story of David Lloyd George

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The Life Story of David Lloyd George
Directed by Maurice Elvey
Written by Sidney Low
Starring Norman Page
Alma Reville
Ernest Thesiger
Douglas Munro
Ideal Film Company
Distributed by Ideal Film Company
Country United Kingdom
Language English

The Life Story of David Lloyd George is a 1918 British silent biopic film directed by Maurice Elvey and starring Norman Page, Alma Reville and Ernest Thesiger. The film "is thought to be the first feature length biopic of a contemporary living politician".[1] Finished in 1918, it was first shown only in 1996.

Production background[edit]

The Life Story of David Lloyd George is about David Lloyd George, British Prime Minister from 1916 to 1922. It was written by Sidney Low, directed by Maurice Elvey, and stars Norman Page as Lloyd George. Other actors who appear are Ernest Thesiger, Alma Reville, and Douglas Munro. The film was produced by the Ideal Film Company.[1]

The film was suppressed for political reasons just before its release in 1918.[citation needed]

Preservation status[edit]

Long believed destroyed, the film was rediscovered in the Lloyd George family archives in 1994 by the Wales Film and Television Archive, later the National Screen and Sound Archive of Wales within the National Library of Wales. The film had its world premiere in Cardiff in 1996.[2]

In 2010, the film was inscribed in UNESCO's UK Memory of the World Register.[1]

The film has been made available to the public on DVD.[2]

Further reading[edit]

  • Dave Berry and Simon Horrocks, eds, David Lloyd George: the Movie Mystery. Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 1998. ISBN 0-7083-1371-X.


  1. ^ a b c "2010 UK Memory of the World Register", United Kingdom National Commission for UNESCO, 2010. Accessed 4 June 2011.
  2. ^ a b "The Life Story of David Lloyd George now on DVD", National Library of Wales, 6 March 2009, revised 2 February 2011. Accessed 4 June 2011.

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