Welcome to The Portsmouth Film Society’s website. The society shows the best in world cinema, documentary, independent film, animation and classic movies. Members see great films in a social environment, and meet and chat about movies with other film fans. PFS gives you the chance to watch great films that you might not otherwise get a chance to see.
Find out about our fantastic series of open air screenings of great new films and cinema classics in our Sunset Screenings season this summer.
Our regular season of screenings is over now, but we round off with Sunset Screenings through the summer at venues across Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight.
Set on an island off the coast of New England in the summer of 1965, Moonrise Kingdom tells the story of two twelve-year-olds who fall in love, make a secret pact, and run away together into the wilderness. As various authorities try to hunt them down, a violent storm is brewing off-shore — and the peaceful island community is turned upside down in more ways than anyone can handle. Warm, whimsical, and poignant, the immaculately framed and beautifully acted Moonrise Kingdom presents writer/director Wes Anderson at his idiosyncratic best.
Director Tod Browning invests most of his mood and atmosphere in the first two reels, which were based on the original Stoker novel; The electric tension between the elegant Dracula and the vampire hunter Professor Van Helsing (Edward Van Sloan) works as well on the screen as it did on the stage. And it’s hard to forget such moments as the lustful gleam in the eyes of Mina Harker (Helen Chandler) as she succumbs to the will of Dracula, or the omnipresent insane giggle of the fly-eating Renfield (Dwight Frye). Dracula is a classic among horror films, with Bela Lugosi giving the performance of a lifetime as the erudite Count.
Come in fancy dress, best costume wins two tickets for a future PFS event, including Sunset Screenings.