Welcome to Portsmouth Film Society

Welcome to The Portsmouth Film Society’s website. The society shows the best in world cinema, documentary, independent film, animation and classic movies. Members and public 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. You do not have to be member to watch the films.

 Portsmouth Film Society CIC ( Community Interest Company)

Company Number: 10229238 (13th June 2016)

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The BFI Black Star season

A celebration of the range, versatility and power of black actors on film and TV, taking place in cinemas nationwide. Black Star will provide a meaningful and high- profile platform for audiences to explore a galaxy of black actors through history, spotlighting the creativity and charisma of trailblazing performers, and celebrating the transatlantic wave of black British talent currently breaking across our screens. 

These 3 special screenings are supported by the BFI Film Audience Network (BFI FAN) is a major initiative developed by the BFI to enable film and events experts to work in partnership to boost film audiences across the UK

carwash1CAR WASH (US, 1976)
11 January, Eldon Screening Room
Cert PG | 97min

Written by Joel Schumaker and directed by Michael Schultz, this musical comedy/drama follows the goings-on of a Los Angeles car wash and the antics of it’s multi-racial staff and customers.  Norman Whitfield’s great musical score is integrated into the movement of the scenes to give the film a funky rhythm.

dotherightthingDO THE RIGHT THING (US 1989)
18 JAN | Eldon Screening Room
Cert 18 | 120 min

Set in the Bedford-Stuyvesant area of Brooklyn, Spike Lee’s thought-provoking and powerful comedy/drama chronicles the events that lead up to a race riot between the residents. The action takes place on the hottest day of the year and centers around a pizza parlor owned by Italian-American Sal. It’s a popular hangout for the neighborhood youth.

25 January | Eldon Screening Room

Cert 15 | 116 min

A surreal crime drama told as only Jim Jarmusch could, Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai stars Forest Whitaker as Ghost Dog, a hit man living in an unidentified but run-down city in what license plates call “The Industrialized State.” Known for his gift of being able to come and go without people noticing him, Ghost Dog is a self-taught samurai who is obsessed with order and his strict personal moral code, drawn from the philosophies of the Japanese warriors. Ghost Dog was screened in competition at the 1999 Cannes Film Festival.