Filmbankmedia Audience Award – Please help.

As part of this year’s Cinema for All annual awards ceremony, there is a £1,000 Filmbankmedia Audience Award.  If awarded, PFS will use the money to help fund programming for the upcoming year.

Please help us to win by completing the following sentence and emailing it to:

awards@cinemaforall.org.uk

100 words of less
“My local cinema, Portsmouth Film Society, is important to me because …

Thank you for your ongoing support.

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Sunset Outdoor Cinema 2017

Portsmouth Film Sunday Sunset Outdoor Cinema 2017 came back!

A superior film watching experience that transcends with the musicals and outdoor settings

After seven years, Portsmouth Film Society is again presenting open-air screenings, featuring musicals, comedies, science fiction, adult films and family films. Among the highlights will a screening of A Clockwork Orange will be screen at Eldon Building’s Courtyard, University of Portsmouth. Three of this summer’s musicals (the original Willy Wonka, The Sound of Music, and West Side Story) will have live vocals added by students of The Fine Voice Academy www.finevoice.co.uk

www.facebook.com/FineVoiceAcademy

The PFS coordinator Aysegul Epengin said:

                   “We are proud to provide these events in Southsea on the seafront. Our recently acquired large inflatable “Airscreen” screen allows us to show films for up to 500 people. We are a voluntary group and non-profit organisation. It is a shame we have to postpone the screening of Tommy till September because South Parade Pier’s court decision will not come till the end of the June. We hope our audience is patient and can wait little bit more. We do not have a sponsor for our events but some very good support from local organisations, and our costs are high, so a big “thank you” to the people that have bought tickets in advance, especially local residents who are keenly awaiting our Canoe Lake screenings.’’

 

Friday 2 June – St Thomas’ Cathedral 9.30 pm

Star Trek III – The Search for Spock (1984)

An outer space search that turns into a romp, dealing with obstructive and malign Klingons along the way. The film is the third feature film of the Star Trek science fiction franchise and is the centre of a three-film story arc that begins with Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan and concludes with Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home. Dr Lincoln Geraghty from the University of Portsmouth, expert on Star Trek fans and American culture, will introduce the movie.

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Friday 23 June – Eldon Building Courtyard 9.30 pm

A Clockwork Orange (1971)

Based on Anthony Burgess’s classic novel, and homing in on the debate about the value of free will vs social control. Malcolm McDowell plays Alex, expressing himself through violence. An eventful film from Stanley Kubrick, with an electronic score by Wendy Carlos, previously of ‘Switched-on Bach’ fame.

Friday 30 June – Bandstand 9.30 pm

The Sound of Music (1965)

A tuneful, heart-warming story will be screened in the Band Stand. Rodgers and Hammerstein’s greatest film musical hit, featuring nuns, Nazis and the singing Von Trapp family. Well-crafted, and great to sing along to. Additionally, The Fine Voice Academy will sing a medley of SoM favourites such as ‘So Long, Farewell…’ and ‘Edelweis’. We invite audience to come with nun costumes.

Friday 7 July – Drive-in screening, D-Day Car Park 9.30 pm

Monty Python’s Life of Brian (1979)

The Three Wise Men go to the wrong manger, thus foisting upon Brian Cohen a role for which he is eminently unprepared. The celebrated alternative biblical epic lampooning religious attitudes that was banned in some quarters. PFS will also show tow local short films before the screening.

Saturday 15 July – Canoe Lake (next to the lake)

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)

Gene Wilder is great as the mysterious chocolate tycoon in Raoul Dahl’s colourful comic fairy tale. Six students (ages ranging from 9 to 18) of the Fine Voice Academy will sing live a medley of songs featured in the film such as ‘The Candy Man’.

Saturday 22 July – Canoe Lake (next to the lake)

West Side Story (1961)

West Side Story is a musical with a book by Arthur Laurents, a 1961 American musical-romantic drama film directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins. The Stephen Sondheim-Leonard Bernstein classic musical sets the Romeo and Juliet story in a vibrant wide-screen gangland New York, featuring Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer, Rita Moreno, George Chakiris and Russ Tamblyn. Students from the Fine Voice Academy will sing two solos.

Saturday 29 July – Canoe Lake (next to the lake)

A Family Secret Screening (to be revealed nearer the day)

It will be a fantasy film from one of the most popular directors and producers in film history. Please look at for the clues in the social media and our website. (approx.2hrs)

Tickets:

Outdoor single £8, under 16s £5

Drive-in: £25 per a car and single £10

For more information on the films screening and to buy a ticket, please go to the website www.portsmouthfilm.org.uk     **ends**

 

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BE A SUNSET FESTIVAL VOLUNTEER!

Information about Volunteering for the Portsmouth Film Society and at Sunset Screenings. To apply to be a volunteer at the PFS  Sunset Events 2017 please read through the information below.

Are you eligible? The volunteers must be aged 18 or older. You must be local to the event you wish to volunteer for.

You should be available on the dates of the event you wish to volunteer at, and be aware that extra commitment may be involved in the form of briefing prior to the event. The attributes we seek in applicants because we consider them vital to a good volunteer are:

  • a friendly, smiley manner
  • common sense
  • good initiative
  • a strong interest in film
  • an interest in and awareness of PFS activities including the SUNSET Festival
  • good English

We believe that volunteering can provide a range of benefits:

  • Meet new people and socialise
  • Boost your CV with recent experience and training, update your skills
  • Gain ‘hands-on’ experience in a wide range of different roles
  • Give something back to your local community
  • Enjoy a really wide range of films and events

We have volunteers from a variety of backgrounds, a range of ages and ethnicities, and do not discriminate. Example duties include:

  • Welcoming audiences to events
  • Ensuring ticketed entry as instructed Stewarding, Marshalling and Safety Guiding audiences to the right place for the right time
  • Monitoring audiences to ensure everyone’s safety, spotting potential issues and retrieving immediate assistance if necessary
  • Ensuring venue is respected
  • Administrative and media related activities
  • Marketing – e.g. distributing printed material (leaflets, flyers, brochures, posters etc) to venues across town

At return, we will provide dinner for the event nights, and free entry for the screenings. Drop us an email if you want to join or come to our first volunteer meeting will be on 1st of June 1 pm at Eldon Building. Thank you.
Portsmouth Film Society
http://www.portsmouthfilmsociety.org.uk

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PFS 3rd Pride LGBT+ Film Festival

Portsmouth Film Society celebrates 3rd Pride LGBT+ Film Festival in Hampshire 

Portsmouth Film Society (PFS) will celebrate its third Pride LGBT+ Film Festival in Hampshire next month

Dedicated to screening lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans-themed films, the festival is a collaborative project between PFS, the University of Portsmouth’s LGBT Staff Forum and the LGBT+ student society, Peccadillo Pictures UK, BFI FAN, and Southeast HUB

The festival will be officially opened on Wednesday 1st February, 6pm, by the University of Portsmouth’s Senior Equality Champion, Professor Pal Ahluwalia, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation).

“The University is dedicated to creating a community that is diverse and open to all types of people, regardless of their sexual orientation.  We want to make that commitment and contribution public by supporting the film festival”

 Portsmouth Film Society event manager Aysegul Epengin says:

At PFS, we like to give people the chance to watch great films that they might not otherwise get to see. We are pleased to support the development of a culturally diverse community, interested in the arts, willing to support each other to participate and develop the centre and programme. For example, we have a selection of LGBT+ orientated films in our programme, to be shown during February.’

The festival start on 1st February with the new documentary ‘Who’s Gonna Love Me Now? The producer/director of the film, Alexander Bodin Saphir will give a talk at the festival. This film celebrates the triumph of love over hate, of understanding over ignorance and the melding of cultures who traditionally view each other as extreme. 

PFS  3rd Pride LGBT+  festival will finish on 22nd February with the screening of ‘Girl Lost and there will be a panel/debate on “Zooming in on the issues of transgender youth in education” following the screening.  Confirmed panel guests are: Dr. Deborah Shaw from the University of Portsmouth, Julie Nelson who teaches transgender teens, and Katie Yeomans a transgender equity awareness campaigner.

Screenings will be held in the Eldon Building, home to the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries. Further information can be found on the society’s website www.portsmouthfilmsociety.org.uk

FESTIVAL PROGRAMME

1st FEBRUARY 2017

WHO’S GONNA LOVE ME NOW (2016) ***Regional Premier

At the age of 21 Saar Maoz arrived in the UK after being kicked out of his religious Kibbutz. Following the highs and lows that accompanied his newfound freedom Saar discovered an alternative family with The London Gay Men’s Chorus. After 19 years, Saar has reached out to his conservative and Israeli family in an attempt at reconciliation. Now his parents are coming to visit…

The producer/director of the film will be lead a questions and answer session following the screening.

8th FEBRUARY 2017

MY BEAUTIFUL LAUNDRETTE (1985)

After the death of his wife and his subsequent descent into alcoholic near-agoraphobia, a crotchety Pakistani intellectual convinces his shady entrepreneur brother to provide work for his son in this multi-layered portrait of the immigrant experience in Great Britain. With the lead actor Daniel Day-Lewis and British-born, half-Pakistani playwright and novelist Hanif Kureishi won an Oscar nomination for his screenplay for this film, which was originally filmed for BBC television. Kureishi collaborated again with director Stephen Frears.

The chair person of the KROMA, Tom Armstrong-Collett will introduce the film. Kroma is an organisation for those within the gender and sexual identities (LGBT+) community. 

15th FEBRUARY 2017

LOOSE CANNONS (2010)

Tommaso is the youngest son of the Cantones, a large, traditional southern Italian family operating a pasta-making business since the 1960s. On a trip home from Rome, where he studies literature and lives with his boyfriend, Tommaso decides to tell his parents the truth about himself. But when he is finally ready to come out in front of the entire family, his older brother Antonio ruins his plans

22nd FEBRUARY 2017

GIRL LOST (Sweden) 2016 

After drinking the curious nectar that drips from a mysterious plant, best friends Kim, Bella and Momo magically transform into boys. Geeky girls by day and popular boys by night they find themselves living in two completely different worlds. The thrill of experiencing life as the opposite sex soon wears off for Bella and Momo, but being a boy becomes addictive for Kim as he experiments with his sexuality and the possibility of first love with bad boy Tony.

There will be a debate on “Zooming in on the issues of transgender youth in education” following the screening.

Venue: Eldon Building Screening Room EW 1.10, Winston Churchill Avenue

Portsmouth PO1 2DJ

Tickets: £6 single, or £12 for a 3-film pass

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PFS PRESENTS ITS SIXTH BLACK HISTORY MONTH

pfs-bhmSupported by the University of Portsmouth Multicultural Staff Forum and Student Union, Portsmouth Film Society presents its sixth Black History Month Festival season of films. PFS presents the work of three black filmmakers in the Eldon Building, Middle Street, Southsea during October.

To celebrate the films, the launch of the Black History Month Festival starts with a drinks reception at 6.30pm on 5 October before the screening of Gone Too Far (2013) at 7 pm. Destiny Ekharaga’s directorial, debut feature length film, written by playwright Bola Agbaje results in a formidable, female, talent combination. Backed by the British Film Institute, it is a coming-of age story following two estranged brothers, it’s warm and funny, but nonetheless refuses to shy away from racial tensions and cultural misgivings.

The second film, The Hard Stop (2015) 12 October 2016 at 7 pm, is a charged and emotional journey which discloses the story behind the most violent riots in Britain in recent history. The hard-hitting title of the documentary, makes reference to the police procedure used against Mark Duggan. In this observational documentary, the director George Amponsah, examines the wider implications of the riots and parallels with civil rights and Black Lives Matter in America.

The third film, Pressure (1976) 19 October at 7 pm, Horace Ove rounds off the Black History Month screenings. Following The Hard Stop, this film gives an engaging insight into seventies Britain and the precursor to Black British filmmaking in the following decade. It is forty years since its release, but the issues and power relations it portrays are still relevant in contemporary multi-cultural Britain.

PFS coordinator Aysegul Epengin commented on the forthcoming festival, ‘it is great that Portsmouth Film Society can offer a range of films for the Black History Month especially as The British Film Institute are running a nationwide season of films running from October to December in celebration of the range, versatility and power of black actors. We feel that our festival, on a local level complements the BFI Black Star season’.

Price of entry is £6.00 tickets can be purchased prior to the event on the website or at the box office, Room 1.10 Eldon Building, Middle Street Southsea. A Portsmouth Film Society Season Pass is £20 per season and a three film pass £12. Both Gone Too Far and Pressure are free to UoP staff.

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“Further delay in reopening of pier”

Unfortunately we weren’t able to run our screening of Tommy at the South Parade Pier. Here is a news story that gives some background and updates on the situation on the Pier.

https://audioboom.com/boos/4848546-listen-further-delay-in-reopening-of-battered-pier

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GREEN FILM FESTIVAL 2016

2016 PFS GREEN FILM FESTIVAL

bikesvscarsBIKES vs. CARS (Sweden, 2015)
ELDON SCREENING THEATRE
7pm | Wednesday  25  may.
Cert TBC   | 90  min
Buy tickets here 

The bicycle, an amazing tool for change. Activists and cities all over the world are moving towards a new system. But will the economic powers allow it? Climate change and never-ending gridlocks frustrate people more than ever. People in cities around the world take on the bicycle as a Do It Yourself solution. Road rage and poor city planning creates daily death amongst the bicyclists.

Arctic Sunrise near Prirazlomnaya Oil RigBLACK ICE (Netherlands, 2014)
ELDON SCREENING THEATRE
6:30pm | Thursday  26  may.
Cert TBC   | 53  min
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When Greenpeace’s Arctic Sunrise set sail to protest the first oil drilling in the Arctic, none of the people on board knew what was coming. Seized at gunpoint by Russian special forces, the ‘Arctic 30’ were thrust into headlines all over the world, facing up to 15 years in prison and finding themselves at the centre of a bitter international dispute.

garbagedreams_2GARBAGE DREAMS (USA, 2009)
ELDON SCREENING THEATRE
8pm | Thursday  26  may.
Cert TBC   | 70  min
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A documentary filmed over the course of four years, three teenage boys grow up in Egypt’s garbage village. They scramble to save an Egyptian city built on garbage from economic disaster. It focuses on the Zaballeen, from a class of Coptic Christians some 60,000 strong, who for generations have eked out a living by collecting and repurposing trash, achieving a staggering 80% recycling rate

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Portsmouth’s Pride 2nd LGBT Film Festival 2016

Following last year’s success, the University of Portsmouth and the Portsmouth Film Society will be collaborating on another film festival to celebrate LGBT History Month in February.
Entitled Pride LGBT Film Festival, it is a collaboration between Portsmouth Film Society, the University of Portsmouth’s LGBT Staff Forum, Peccadillo Pictures UK, BFI FAN, Southeast HUB and the LGBT Society at the University of Portsmouth Students’ Union.

Portsmouth Film Society is very proud for the support it has received from the community in the city of Portsmouth, and continues to expand its offering to include a wider section of the community.
PFS Chair Aysegul Epengin said, “Many thanks to our all supporters, the University of Portsmouth and Southeast Hub. PFS will continue to bring lesbian, gay, bisexual and Trans-themed films. The last six years, Portsmouth Film Society achieved many successful film screenings with run solely by volunteers. We are very proud to make a difference in specialised film culture and we will be champion of being community cinema provider in the city. “

February 4th – The Imitation Game (2014) Cert 12A
During World War II, mathematician Alan Turing tries to crack the enigma code with help from fellow mathematicians. Directed by Morten Tyldum, the film starred Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley. The screening will be preceded by a launch reception at 6.30pm. Introduction by the Pro Vice-Chancellor of the University of Portsmouth. TBC

February 11th – 52 Tuesdays (2013) US Cert 15
16 year old Billie’s reluctant path to independence is accelerated when her mother reveals plans to gender transition and their time together becomes limited to Tuesday afternoons. Director: Sophie Hyde
This screening is supported by the LGBT Staff Forum

February 18th – A Girl At My Door (2014) Korea Certificate: 15
Young-nam was a top graduate of the Korean police academy, transferred to a post at a small village due to “misconduct”. She encounters the Dohee; a young girl excluded by her local community. She is compelled to protect the girl from her family by letting her move in. All is well until Dohee’s drunken father wants her back. This screening is supported by the LGBT+ Student Society

February 25th – Departure (2015) France Cert TBC
Director: Andrew Steggall. 109m | cert. TBC
An English family prepare the sale of their holiday home in the South of France. Over one week, the teenage son wrestles with his sexuality while his mother confronts the end of her marriage. An enigmatic local boy enters their lives, mother and son are led to confront each other and their desires.
It will be live Skype interview with the film’s director before the screening.

Time: 7.00pm start for all the screenings and free entry for the students of the Portsmouth University.

Venue: Portland Building, Portland Street, Portsmouth PO1 3AH
Tickets: £6 single
3 film pass: £10

To book your film tickets please contact : 07528 808400lgbt

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The WOW24 ∕ 7 award nominees.

In partnership with Portsmouth’s local newspaper, The News, short films submitted to Shorts Cut ’13 will be judged as part of The WOW24/7 awards (formerly the Guide Awards). The awards honour the best in local culture and entertainment, with awards to be given out at a glittering event held at the famous King’s Theatre in Southsea in January, 2016.

We are proud to announced the 9  nominated films from the films screened at Shorts Cut 2015. You can vote for the films at the News website for the WOW24/7 awards, and 6 finalists will be eligible for the award on the night of the awards themselves.

SELFIE – Geoff Harmer. (6m 49) A woman is haunted by a strange figure in her selfie photos

HELEN’S RICHARD – Gregory Smith (9m 45) Helen is a full time carer for her husband Richard who is suffering with dementia.

THE RIVER – James Quinn.(11m 15) Recently bereaved by the death of his trumpet playing brother, a naive young boy, seeks hope in a sinister boat and the trumpet sound that emanates.

RET CON – Bensalem Mitchell (5m 16). A thriller with a sci-fi edge. What if you had the ability to take back what you’ve done? Could everything be repaired, or are you digging your own grave?

SILHOUETTE – Thomas J Davenport (7m 38). Exploring the world as a nightclub, shot in an open and active club over a series of weeks.

SCISSOR HAPPY – Chris Jupp (8m 17). A quick cut leads to a bloody mess on the barbershop floor, as police are searching for the escaped criminal in the mind of the Barber.

BEYOND THE GLASS CEILING – Gavin Damerell (4m 53) – Scarlett represents everything the city detests, a young woman, sassy and vibrant. Scarlett must would be masters and go beyond the glass ceiling!

PRESENTS – Roger Goldsmith and Steve Hammal. (9m 40) A father bearing presents for his daughter, turned away from the home by his estranged wife, makes a young girl’s day.

GENTLEMEN LIKE US – Vaughan Douglas Capstick (9m) Ever wondered who dealt the cards that you’re holding, about how it must feel to hit that ‘lucky streak’ when nothing can go wrong?

The winner and runner up will be announced at the Awards Ceremony at the awards  at The Kings Theatre in Southsea. For more information please visit the News website.

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SHORTS CUT 2015 selected films announced

 

We’re proud to announce the film’s selected for this year’s screening.

This year’s screening will take place at the Eldon Screening theatre.

The screening will be on Thursday 5 November at 7pm. Tickets are £6 and can be purchased from the our tickets page on this website.

THE FIGURE – Wesley Skelly & Harry Bartholomew (15m), Jennifer has set tonight as the last short at saving her marriage. The Figure has other plans for the doomed couple.

RET CON – Bensalem Mitchell (5m 16). A thriller with a sci-fi edge. What if you had the ability to ake back what you’ve done? Could everything be repaired, or are you digging your own grave?

BETTER THAN POMPEY – Carol and Edward Lyon (2m). Satanic businessman exploit an environmental disaster as a mean.

PORTRAIT OF AN ACTOR – Riyadh Haque (5m ). A documentary about Ben Archer and his view on acting in Portsmouth.

SCISSOR HAPPY – Chris Jupp (8m 17). A quick cut leads to a bloody mess on the barbershop floor, as police are searching for the escaped criminal in the mind of the Barber.

SILHOUETTE – Thomas J Davenport (7m 38). Exploring the world as a nightclub, shot in an open and active club over a series of weeks.

THE RIVER – James Quinn.(11m 15) Recently bereaved by the death of his trumpet playing brother, a naive young boy, seeks hope in a sinister boat and the trumpet sound that emanates.

HELEN’S RICHARDGregory Smith (9m 45) Helen is a full time carer for her husband Richard who is suffering with dementia.

GENTLEMEN LIKE USVaughan Douglas Capstick (9m) Ever wondered who dealt the cards that you’re holding, about how it must feel to hit that ‘lucky streak’ when nothing can go wrong?

SELFIEGeoff Harmer. (6m 49) A woman is haunted by a strange figure in her selfie photos.

THE VOICE OF REASONRiyadh Haque (5m). A couple attempt to reconcile their incompatibility despite a deep infatuation with each other.

BEYOND THE GLASS CEILING – Gavin Damerell (4m 53) – Scarlett represents everything the city detests, a young woman, sassy and vibrant. Scarlett must would be masters and go beyond the glass ceiling!

PRESENTS – Roger Goldsmith and Steve Hammal. (9m 40) A father bearing presents for his daughter, turned away from the home by his estranged wife, makes a young girl’s day.

 MR SMITH – Matt Smith’s hopes of becoming a professional footballer were crushed when Portsmouth FC released him as a teenager. Ten years later, on the other side of the world, Smith gets another chance to realise his dream. Directed by Jeremy Santolin, Queensland, Australia.

Be advised that due to the content of some of these films, this screening is not suitable for under 15’s

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