Wednesday 20 September, 7pm | 90min | U | UK | 2015

The story of Akong Tulku Rinpoche, Tibetan Buddhist master, compelled to see his homeland at the height of Sino-Tibetan tensions and forced into exile into unknown lands. Later he would become one of the key pioneers of Tibetan Buddhism in the West. The director & editor, Chico Dall’Inha, will be our guest for a Q&A.


Saturday 23 September, doors 8:30pm, Cumberland Museum Butterfly Garden 102min | PG | USA | 1951

Pretty much the pinnacle of the golden age of the  Hollywood musical.  A number of characters working for a movie studio struggle with the industry’s transition from the silent era to the age of the talkies. Legendary song and dance numbers, luminous Technicolor cinematography and the archetypal showbiz fairytale make this a gorgeous experience to catch on the big screen.

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Anne Margeret, Roger Daltrey and Oliver Reed in "Tommy"TOMMY

Saturday 16 September, doors open 7.30pm and the film start 8:30pm, at South Parade Pier (if windy the venue will be Cumberland Museum Butterfly Garden) 106min | 15 | UK | 1974

Ken Russell’s delirious adaptation of The Who’s epic rock opera is still mind-blowing visual trip. Featuring enduring songs such as Pinball Wizard, superstar cameos, memorable performances from Ann Margaret, Oliver Reed and Roger Daltry and a host of Portsmouth and Southsea locations, where most of the film was shot. Showing [weather allowing] on the recently re-opened South Parade Pier, one of the locations featured in the film.

More about the story of Tommy here: The Portsmouth News

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Saturday 9 September, doors 8:30pm, Southsea Skatepark | 103min | PG | USA | 2016

Disney’s latest smash hit is a fantastic mythical, musical tale of a young girl’s adventurous journey with a troublesome demi-god set in Pacific Polynesia. Featuring great songs by the writer and star of the Broadway mega musical Hamilton, Lin Manuel Miranda.

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Marketing Volunteer

PFS need a Marketing Volunteer
Marketing professional and film buff
Portsmouth Film Society, a non-profit organisation committed to using film as a medium to promote cultural diversity, is looking for a seasoned marketing and communications professional to move the organisation to the next level. We are particularly keen to develop the 16 -35 age group as a new target market and develop a sustainable film screening strategy for the film audience and special events.
As a key member of our committee you would be responsible for:
– developing the marketing section of our current business plan
– overseeing projects to achieve goals set forth in the marketing plan
– overseeing content on our website, social media, and other collateral to increase our audience
– representing Portsmouth Film Society at appropriate meetings and events to promote Portsmouth Film Society and enable Portsmouth Film Society to be recognised and desired as an enabler to community groups to assist them in achieving their goals.
– assisting in fund raising activists and grant proposals
– attending film screenings (weekly) and committee meetings (monthly)
– participating in the film program selection to complement your marketing plan and the business plan in general

Time Commitment
– 4 hours per week

Please drop us an email with your CV. info@portsmouthfilmsociety.org.uk

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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:


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


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.


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)


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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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

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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


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


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


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-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.


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