BFI MUSICAL SESSIONS #BFIMUSICALS
Part of BFI Musicals!, a nationwide celebration of musicals onscreen led by the IndependentCinema Of ce and BFI Film Audience network,supported by funds from the National Lottery.
Thursday 2nd Jan 1pm
OLIVER! (1968) – UK, 160min
Classics, Drama & Musical, U
After being sold to a mortician, young orphan Oliver Twist runs away and meets a group of boys trained to be pickpockets by an elderly mentor. Oliver! is a 1968 British musical drama film directed by Carol Reed, written by Vernon Harris, and based on the stage musical of the same name. Both the film and play are based on Charles Dickens’s novel Oliver Twist.
Free to kids (Under 16s)
Saturday 11th Jan 1pm
TOP HAT (1935) – USA, 93 minutes
Musical & Performing Arts, Comedy, Romance, U Relaxed screening
An undeniable classic, screwball musical comedy Top Hat stars legendary duo Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. Glamorous and enthralling, a Depression-era diversion beautifully scored by Irving Berlin, it is the most successful and beloved picture of the prolific Rogers and Astaire partnership which saw them produce an astonishing nine musicals between 1933 and 1939.
Wednesday 15th January 7pm
CABARET (1972) – USA, 124 minutes
Classics, Drama, Musical & Performing Arts, 15
Adapted from the Broadway show, this hard-hitting musical drama is set in decadent 1930s Berlin during Hitler’s rise to power. The film chronicles Cambridge student Brian Roberts’ friendship with the high-spirited Sally Bowles, a singer at the sleazy Kit Kat nightclub, where the anti-Semitic emcee sets a tone of debauchery. Live entertainment will be part of this screening, be ready for Karaoke!
Saturday 18th Jan 1pm
TOMMY (1975) – UK, 111 minutes
Drama, Musical & Performing Arts, 15
A boy born and raised in post-WWII England grows up seemingly deaf and mute due to a traumatic experience in his youth. He eventually gains fame as a pinball champion, is billed as a messiah, and attempts to lead a religious sect.
Introductory talk from Sue Harper, Emeritus Professor of lmhistory, University of Portsmouth.
Wednesday 29th January 7pm
THE BAND WAGON (1953) – USA, 112 minutes
Classics, Comedy, Drama, Musical & Performing Arts, U Relaxed screening
A lavish, enduring backstage musical from Vincente Minnelli, The Band Wagon tells the tale of Tony Hunter (Fred Astaire who was 54 at the time) a multi-talented but ageing movie star who heads for the Great White Way in hopes of bolstering his flagging career. His two talented pals in New York are only too happy to help out by writing him a dazzling play. Unfortunately, for a lot of reasons, including the fact that there is great tension between Tony and his leggy co-star Gabrielle Gerard (Cyd Charisse) because she thinks him too old and he thinks her too tall, the production bombs. Fortunately this only inspires the cast and crew to work even harder until they eventually succeed beyond their wildest dreams. Some of the most memorable songs include: “Dancing in the Dark,” “Triplets,” and “That’s Entertainment”.
Wednesday 8th January 7pm
BAIT (2019) – UK, 89 minutes
Bait continues to dominate Watershed box-office in its 3rd weekend running. It was once again our top performing film, and I am keeping it for a 4th week with a view to more screenings beyond that. The cultural clash is represented in the look of the film, shot with an old Bolex camera in black-and-white 16mm and hand-processed by Jenkin, which produces a realistic tone and a sense of depth and history. Beautifully shot, ‘Bait’ balances modern concerns with nostalgia.
Wednesday 22nd January 7pm
BORDER (2018) – Sweden, 110 minutes
A customs officer who can smell fear develops an unusual attraction to a strange traveler while aiding a police investigation which will call into question her entire existence. An outsider with unusual gifts descends on a small community in Ali Abbasi’s creepy exploration of cultural ‘otherness’.
7th. PRIDE LGBTQ+ FILM FESTIVAL
In support of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history month.
As part of the celebrations the University of Portsmouth, together with the LGBTQ Staff Forum and LGBTQ+ Student Society, is proud to be supporting a range of events throughout the month.
Wednesday 5th February 7pm
THE SHINY SHRIMPS (2019) – France, 100 minutes
Matthias, an Olympic champion at the end of his career, makes a homophobic statement on TV. His punishment is to coach the Shiny Shrimps, a flamboyant and amateur gay water polo team. They have only one thing in mind, to qualify for the Gay Games in Croatia where the hottest international LGBT athletes compete. It’s the start of a bumpy and joyful ride… Faster, Higher, Stronger.
Wednesday 12th February 7pm
THE WOUND (2017) – South Africa, 86 minutes
Drama, Romance, 15
A challenging film that deals with circumcision and the related issues of masculinity, sexuality and community. Xolani, a lonely factory worker, travels to the rural mountains with the men of his community to initiate a group of teenage boys into manhood.
Wednesday 19th February 7pm
1985 (2018) – USA, 85 minutes
Texas, Christmas 1985 – Adrian (Cory Michael Smith) is home for the first time in three years. Between his mother’s fawning affections, his father’s begrudging, stilted conversation and his younger brother’s cold shoulder, Adrian is all too aware of the impact his absence has had on them.
Awards: IrisPrize Festival Best Feature & Best Performance in A Female Role category (Jamie Chung). L.A. Outfest – Outstanding Screenwriting (Yen Tan).
Wednesday 26th February 7pm
AND THEN WE DANCED (2019) – Georgia, 113 minutes
Drama, Romance, 15
Levan Akin’s third feature is a gripping drama that captures both the beauty and stifling social values of Tbilisi. It also features energised choreography (a momentous audition! a Robyn song!) and an extraordinarily physical performance from dancer Levan Gelbakhiani. Set within the repressive limits of an anti-LGBTQ+ society, this is a love story that marries ideas of cultural identity, sexuality and self-expression with beauty and grace.
No screening on Wednesday 5th March. The University’s Consolidation Week.
Saturday 7th March 1pm
WOMAN AT WAR (2018) – Iceland, 100 minutes
A Special Screening for International Women’s Day 2020.
Celebrating women around the world who are rebuilding communities affected by conflict. A music teacher and choirmistress leads a double life as an eco-warrior, sabotaging the operations of the local aluminium smelting plant. As the authorities close in, she hears that her long-forgotten plan to adopt an orphan has been approved.
Wednesday 11th March 7pm
C’EST LA VIE! (2017) – France, 115 minutes
The dynamic duo behind the smash hit Intouchables – Éric Toledano and Olivier Nakache – reunite for this hit comedy in which a wedding threatens to erupt into an utter nightmare for the party’s cantankerous planner Max (played by veteran Jean-Pierre Bacri). A deliciously deadpan comic soufflé.
“Fizzy and fun… a hugely enjoyable romp” – Hollywood Reporter
Wednesday 18th March 7pm
MONOS (2019) – Columbia, 102 minutes
Drama, 15, Columbia
A survivalist saga set on a remote mountain in Latin America. The film tracks a young group of soldiers and rebels – bearing names like Rambo, Smurf, Bigfoot, Wolf and Boom-Boom – who keep watch over an American hostage, Doctora (Julianne Nicholson). The teenage commandos perform military training exercises by day and indulge in youthful hedonism by night, an unconventional family bound together under a shadowy force known only as The Organization.
As visually splendid as it is thought-provoking, ‘Monos’ takes an unsettling look at human nature whose grim insights leave a lingering impact.
WINNER of Best Film at the 2019 London Film Festival.
Wednesday 25th March
THE LIGHTHOUSE (2019) – USA, 110 minutes
Drama, Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy, 15
Following his folktale frightener The Witch, director Robert Eggers is back to unleash a new wave of terror in The Lighthouse.
Shot in crisp black and white in a restrictive aspect ratio, and featuring two behemoth performances from Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson, The Lighthouse is unlike any horror movie in recent memory.
The movie pits Dafoe and Pattinson against one another as warring ‘wickies’ (lighthouse keepers), who fall foul of paranoia and a possibly supernatural menace.
Atmospheric and relentlessly paranoid, the movie has generated critical raves (or should that be waves?) from the Toronto and London Film Festivals, and may be in line for Oscar nominations.