Autumn Programme 2018

Saturday 1st September 8.30pm
THE GREATEST SHOWMAN (2017) Bandstand Southsea  8.30pm
Cert PG| 105min (NOT SING-ALONG)         SOLD OUT

Inspired by the imagination of P.T. Barnum, The Greatest Showman is an original musical that celebrates the birth of show business & tells of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that became a worldwide sensation. We are going to sing along with the most entertaining movie of the year and now you can too. This the fourth screening PFGS set up due to the popularity. The door open to public 7pm.

Tuesday 18th September
Winter Ridge Eldon Building – Room 110   7pm
2018 / UK / 12 / 86min / 12A TBC

A promising young Detective, Ryan Barnes, arrives home on his anniversary to find his wife has been in a devastating car accident. Seven months later she is still in a coma and Barnes, unable to accept her condition, throws himself into a new investigation that soon develops into a murder investigation and manhunt for a serial killer. Without giving away too much of the plot, this film questions the audience in a debate of life and death. It is a dark, edgy, and thrilling debut filmed on location; in Lynton & Lynmouth, North Devon. Director Dom Lenoir and the filmmakers will be our special guests at a Q&A after the film.

Wednesday 19th September
BLACK PANTHER  Eldon Courtyard  8.30pm
2018 / USA / 135m / 12A

“Black Panther” follows T’Challa who, after the events of “Captain America: Civil War,” returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda to take his place as King. However, when an old enemy reappears on the radar, T’Challa’s mettle as King and Black Panther is tested when he is drawn into a conflict that puts the entire fate of Wakanda and the world at risk. The doors open to public 7pm

** CANCELLED** Saturday 22nd September
BLADE RUNNER – Outdoor cinema – Bandstand  8.00pm
1982 / USA / 114m / 15

A blend of science fiction and noir detective fiction, Blade Runner was a box office and critical bust upon its initial exhibition, but its unique postmodern production design became hugely influential within the sci-fi genre, and the film gained a significant cult following that increased its stature. Harrison Ford stars as Rick Deckard, a retired cop in Los Angeles circa 2019.  Sorry  for this event is cancelled because of heavy wind.

Tuesday 25th September
2017 / USA / 115m / 15

This a darkly comic drama from Academy Award winner Martin McDonagh (IN BRUGES). After months have passed without a culprit in her daughter’s murder case, Mildred Hayes (Academy Award winner Frances McDormand) makes a bold move, painting three signs leading into her town with a controversial message directed at William Willoughby (Academy Award nominee Woody Harrelson), the town’s revered chief of police. When his second-in-command Officer Dixon (Sam Rockwell), an immature mother’s boy with a penchant for violence, gets involved, the battle between Mildred and Ebbing’s law enforcement is only exacerbated.

Wednesday 26th September
EDIE – Eldon Building – Room 110
2017 / USA / 115m / 15     7pm

Edie tells the story of an eighty three year old woman, who sets off to rekindle fond memories of childhood by heading to Scotland to climb a mountain. Sheila Hancock delivers a nuanced and poignant performance as a woman determined to achieve her goal, yet still doubting her ability to carry it out (and equally impressively Hancock did all her own “stunts”. Sheila Hancock will be our special guest at a Q&A after the film (TBC).

Saturday 29h September
JAWS – Outdoor Cinema – South Parade Pier   8.00pm
1975 / 124m / Cert 12

Based on Peter Benchley’s best-selling novel, Steven Spielberg’s 1975 shark saga set the standard for the New Hollywood popcorn blockbuster while frightening millions of moviegoers out of the water.

Tuesday 2nd October – 7pm
Shorts Cut Local Film Festival Eldon Building – Room 110


Short Cuts is a showcase for the best in local short films by all kinds of filmmakers, from keen enthusiasts to professionals. This year’s Shorts Cut is looking for entertaining, engaging and thought-provoking films in a range of genre, from animation to documentary, comedy to drama, up to a maximum length of 15 minute

Saturday 22 June  8.30pm
Bandstand Southsea ** POSTPONED**
Ready Player One (2018)
 130m / Cert12 /

The director Spielberg wants us to drop the techno-gadgets and join hands, but it’s the VR world that really juices him We hunted for this special film from virtual reality and saw it as an amazing cinema spectacle.  Due the wet weather expectations we are postponing this event to summer  2019, please stay with us.

Tuesday 9th October – 7.30pm.
2017 / 119m / Cert12 /

From master story teller, Guillermo del Toro, comes THE SHAPE OF WATER – an other-worldly fairy tale, set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1962. In the hidden high-security government laboratory where she works, lonely Elisa (Sally Hawkins) is trapped in a life of isolation. Elisa’s life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda (Octavia Spencer) discover a secret classified experiment. Rounding out the cast are Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Doug Jones and Michael Stuhlbarg.


Supported by the University of Portsmouth Multicultural Staff Forum and Student Union, Portsmouth Film Society presents its fourth Black History Month Festival season of films. PFS presents the work of three black filmmakers in the Eldon Building during October.

Wednesday 3rd October 7.30pm
WINNIE Eldon Building – Room 110 2017 / 98m / South Africa Cert TBC

While her husband served a life sentence, paradoxically kept safe and morally uncontaminated, Winnie Mandela rode the raw violence of apartheid, fighting on the front line and underground. This is the untold story of the mysterious forces that combined to take her down, labeling him a saint, her, a sinner.

Wednesday 10th October
2015 / 113m / Cert 12 /

Here, we trace the rise and fall of the Black Panther Party, one of the 20th century’s most alluring and controversial organisations that captivated the world’s attention for nearly 50 years.

Wednesday 17th October –
Jemima + Johnny (1966) 7.30pm

In a west London community divided by racism, a young white English boy befriends the young daughter of recent immigrants from the Caribbean. 5 year old Johnny is the son of a white nationalist, Jemima the daughter of a Caribbean family. In their childhood innocence they immediately form a bond which defies prejudice. London is new to Jemima, and as Johnny leads her through the streets, we are offered an insight into London life in the 60s, a world where children freely roam the streets, and where a rag and bone man still collects scraps with a horse and cart.

Wednesday 24th October – 7.30pm

THEMBA is an inspiring and beautifully filmed original drama set predominantly in the spectacular Eastern Cape of South Africa. It is a moving story of a young Xhosa boy, who like so many boys the world over, dreams of following in the footsteps of his heroes and becoming a football star. Themba breathes and lives soccer but the reality in the rural round-hut village he calls home is very different from the life he dreams of. We will watch some short films from Journeys Festival before the main film.


Tuesday 16th October  6pm at Eldon Building rm.1.1

PFS is coming with a new festival for ‘People in Recovery’ and recovery organizations. A celebration of those who have turned their lives around and are now giving back and contributing to society, also to the organizations who continue to help those in need. We will share “I am Only Human” project films again and bring about more awareness to all forms of recovery, not just substance misuse. Follow by main screening of PRAY BEFORE DAWN (a film based around addiction) at 7pm.

PRAYER BEFORE DAWN 2018 / 116m / Cert 18   7.30pm

A Prayer Before Dawn is the remarkable true story of Billy Moore, a young English boxer incarcerated in two of Thailand’s most notorious prisons. He is quickly thrown into a terrifying world of drugs and gang violence, but when the prison authorities allow him to take part in the Muay Thai boxing tournaments, he realizes this might be his chance to get out. Billy embarks on a relentless, action-packed journey from one savage fight to the next, stopping at nothing to do whatever he must to preserve his life and regain his freedom. Shot in a an actual Thai prison with a cast of primarily real inmates, A Prayer Before Dawn is a visceral, thrilling journey through an unforgettable hell on earth.

Tuesday 23rd October-
2018 / Germany / 106m / Rating: R / Produce: Magnolia Pictures

Out of nowhere, Katja’s life falls apart when her husband Nuri and little son Rocco are killed in a bomb attack. Her friends and family try to give her the support she needs, and Katja somehow manages to make it through the funeral. But the mind numbing search for the perpetrators and reasons behind the senseless killing complicate Katja’s painful mourning, opening wounds and doubts. Danilo, a lawyer and Nuri’s best friend, represents Katja in the eventual trial against the two suspects: a young couple from the neo-Nazi scene. The trial pushes Katja to the edge, but there’s simply no alternative for her: she wants justice.

Tuesday 30th October – 7.30pm
2018 / 90m / Cert 15

In the modern horror thriller A QUIET PLACE, a family of four must navigate their lives in silence after mysterious creatures that hunt by sound threaten their survival. If they hear you, they hunt you.

Wednesday 31st October – 7.30pm
SAMSARA                                                                                                    2002/ International / 112m / 12

If they hear you, they hunt you.  Filmed over 25 years in 25 countries, it transports us to the varied worlds of sacred grounds, disaster zones, industrial complexes and natural wonders. Shown for One World Week, with Fair Trade. Samsara is a haunting, cinematic and spiritual love story to savour.



Tuesday 6th November – INDIAN FILM SESSION

Lipstick Under My Burkha:
2016 / 132m / Cert 15    7pm

Rosy is introduced as the heroine of an erotic pulp fiction novel titled Lipstick Dreams. Throughout the film, her story is narrated by a 55 year old widow, Usha Parmar (Ratna Pathak), as she reads the novel in secrecy. In a small neighborhood in Bhopal, Usha serves as the old matriarch and has gotten used to being addressed as “Buaji” (Aunty); she has all but forgotten her own name and routinely gazes at a self-portrait from her youth. Rehana Abidi (Plabita Borthakur), a fresher in college, lives in the same neighborhood and sews burkhas for her family’s store. She steals make-up to wear at college, where she takes off the burkha which she is forced to wear and transforms into a jeans-wearing singer who loves Miley Cyrus. Introduced by Dr. Ashvin Devasundaram, Lecturer in World Cinema, Queen Mary University of London.

Wednesday 7th November, 7.30pm HEREDITARY 2017 / 127m /UK

When Ellen, the matriarch of the Graham family, passes away, her daughter’s family begins to unravel cryptic and increasingly terrifying secrets about their ancestry. Hereditary uses its classic setup as the framework for a harrowing, uncommonly unsettling horror film whose cold touch lingers long beyond the closing credits.

Wednesday 14th November –
Island (documentary):
2017 / 90m /UK    7.30pm

A feature length film which explores the moment of death and why it is such taboo in our society. Across the water on the island, four individuals experience the year in which their lives will end. Illness progresses, relationships gently shift, and we are witness to rarely seen and intensely private moments. One person shares their acceptance of death, whilst another is surrounded by a community in shock. We observe bedside care and the rhythm of breathing. In a pathology lab, microscopic biopsies in close-up show the interior of bodies, our biology. It was filmed on the at MountbattenIW over 12 months. Director Steven Eastwood will be our guest for this  film.

Wednesday 21st November –
Isle of Dogs  7.30pm
99min PG 2018

When, by executive decree, all the canine pets of Megasaki City are exiled to a vast garbage-dump called Trash Island, 12-year-old Atari sets off alone in a miniature Junior-Turbo Prop and flies across the river in search of his bodyguard-dog, Spots. There, with the assistance of a pack of newly-found mongrel friends, he begins an epic journey that will decide the fate and future of the entire Prefecture


Wednesday 28st November –
A Man Called Ove  7.30pm
113min 15 2018

An ill tempered retiree has just about given up on life when he strikes up a relation ship with his boisterous new neighbours. A Man Called Ove‘s winsome sincerity and Rolf Lassgård’s affectingly flinty performance in the title role are standouts in this award winning Swedish drama.

Wednesday 5th December
Die Hard     7.30pm
2018 / 140m / Cert 15

Fathom Events, Turner Classic Movies and Twentieth Century Fox are celebrating the 30th anniversary of Die Hard and bringing the iconic movie to select cinemas nationwide for a special two-day event, which also includes specially produced commentary from Turner Classic Movies. New York City Detective John McClane becomes the only hope for a small group of hostages, trapped in a Los Angeles high-rise office building when it is seized by terrorists on Christmas Eve.v