2019 AUTUMN PROGRAMME

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PFS BLACK HISTORY MONTH XXL 

PORTSMOUTH FILM SOCIETY invites you to celebrate Black History Month with its second BLACK HISTORY MONTH FILM FESTIVAL supported by Film Hub South West, BFI FAN and the University of Portsmouth Multicultural Staff Forum and Student Union.

Thursday 3 October room 1.11
Yardie (2018)  97 min UK

British crime drama film directed by Idris Elba based on the novel of the same name by Jamaican-born writer Victor Headley.Set in ’70s Kingston and ’80s Hackney, Yardie centres on the life of a young Jamaican man named D (Aml Ameen), who has never fully recovered from the murder, committed during his childhood, of his older brother Jerry Dread (Everaldo Creary). 6.30pm Festival opening by Prof. Sherria Hoskins, University of Portsmouth’s Equality and Diversity Champion.

Thursday 10 October
If Beale Street Could Talk (2018) 114 min 15

Set in early 1970s Harlem, it tells a timeless and moving love story of both a couple’s unbreakable bond and the African-American family’s empowering embrace, as told through the eyes of 19-year-old Tish Rivers. Set in early-1970s Harlem, If Beale Street Could Talk is a timeless and moving love story of both a couple’s unbreakable bond and the African-American family’s empowering embrace, as told through the eyes of 19-year-old Tish Rivers, a newcomer KiKi Layne.

Wednesday 16 October   Documentary (FREE TO PUBLIC)
Undercover in the Alt-Right (2018)  7pm UK (Swedish) 53min   

For the past year, our operative Patrik Hermansson (who worked as an operative for the antifascist organisation HOPE not hate) has been living undercover, as Swedish student Erik Hellberg, at the heart of the alt-right. He infiltrated some of the most notorious far-right networks in the US and the UK, culminating in the violent clashes in Charlottesville 2017. He extracted damning information that runs all of the way to the White House. And he caught it all on hidden camera. Following the film there will be a Q&A with HOPE not hate Senior Researcher, Dr Joe Mulhall.

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Thursday 17 October documentary (FREE TO PUBLIC)
Britain on Film: Black Britain  7pm
Dir: various  (UK) 1901 – 1985  91 min s12A

Bringing together films spanning 1901 to 1985 and taken from many different regions of the UK, it offers incredibly rare, little-seen and valuable depictions of black British life on screen. Watch miners in the collieries of Edwardian Lancashire and Yorkshire; and soldiers from across the Empire joining the services to fight for King and ‘mother country’ in World War I. See rare colour footage of multi-racial Cardiff in 1957, a Nigerian wedding in Cornwall in 1964, and touching interviews with black school leavers in 1965; witness growing racial tensions on a Liverpool housing estate and in New Cross, London; communities in search of their roots and partying on the streets of Notting Hill during Carnival. UK’s forgotten Black Citizens’ Introductory talk by Mbombo Irenee Kayembe, author and local entrepreneur. This screening is free to the public.

Thursday 24 October
BlacKkKlansman   (2018) 129min Cert 15  6.30pm 

This remarkable film uses history to offer bitingly trenchant commentary on current events — and brings out some of Spike Lee’s hardest-hitting work in decades along the way.

This is the visionary filmmakers incredible true story of an American hero. It’s the early 1970s, and Ron Stallworth (John David Washington) is the first African-American detective to serve in the Colorado Springs Police Department. Determined to make a name for himself, Stallworth bravely sets out on a dangerous mission: infiltrate and expose the Ku Klux Klan. Portsmouth South’s MP Stephen Morgan will be a festival guest at this screening and will give a short address before the film. Introductory talk by Dr Lee Sartain, Senior Lecturer in American Studies at the University of Portsmouth. 

Thursday 31 October for Halloween Screening room 1.10
US   (2019) 111min  US Cert 15

Set in present day along the iconic Northern California coastline, US stars Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o as Adelaide Wilson, a woman returning to her beachside childhood home with her husband, Gabe (Black Panther’s Winston Duke), and their two children (Shahadi Wright Joseph, Evan Alex) for an idyllic summer getaway. Haunted by an unexplainable and unresolved trauma from her past and compounded by a string of eerie coincidences, Adelaide feels her paranoia elevate to high-alert as she grows increasingly certain that something bad is going to befall her family. With Jordan Peele’s second inventive, ambitious horror film, we have seen how to beat the sophomore jinx, and it is Us.


Wednesday 23 October  for One World Week Celebrations
Capernaum   123min (2018) Cert 15

Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, Nadine Labaki’s Capernaum (“Chaos”) tells the story of Zain (Zain al Rafeea), a Lebanese boy who sues his parents for the “crime” of giving him life., it is a film with an expansive palette: without warning it can ignite with emotional intensity, surprise with unexpected tenderness, and inspire with flashes of poetic imagery. Although it is set in the depths of a society’s systematic inhumanity, it is ultimately a hopeful film that stirs the heart as deeply as it cries out for action. Capernaum hits hard, but rewards viewers with a smart, compassionate, and ultimately stirring picture of lives in the balance

Thursday 7  November
We The Animals  (2019)
1hr 33 min | U.S.   Cert TBC

Dreamlike and haunting, We the Animals approaches the coming-of-age odyssey with a uniquely documentarian eye.

Three boys tear through their rural New York hometown, in the midst of their young parents’ volatile love that makes and unmakes the family many times over. While Manny and Joel grow into versions of their loving and unpredictable father, Ma seeks to keep her youngest, Jonah, in the cocoon of home. More sensitive and conscious than his older siblings, Jonah increasingly embraces an imagined world all his own.

With a screenplay by Dan Kitrosser and Jeremiah Zagar, We the Animals is a visceral coming-of-age story propelled by layered performances from its astounding cast – including three talented, young first-time actors – and stunning animated sequences which bring Jonah’s torn inner world to life.

Thursday 14 November
Andhadhun (2018)
128min Cert 12  Hindi 7pm

A series of mysterious events take place in the life of a blind pianist (Ayushmann Khurrana). Now, he must report a crime that he never actually witnessed.

 When you are blind, the world talks to you in a dozen different ways, and if you listen, there is music in everything. Akash, a blind pianist in Pune, is hopelessly stuck trying to compose his own tunes. A chance encounter introduces him to Sophie, a free spirited girl whose father owns a piano bar.  Come and join us with traditional Indian food enjoy this comedy film.

PFS Recovery Film Festival
Wednesday 20 November
Beautiful Boy   112min 7pm 

Based on the best-selling pair of memoirs from father and son David and Nic Sheff, Beautiful Boy chronicles the heartbreaking and inspiring experience of survival, relapse, and recovery in a family coping with addiction over many years. Timothée Chalamet and Steve Carell delivering showcase work that’s often powerful enough to make up for the story’s muted emotional impact.  Beautiful Boy has rare cinematic artifact, a film that purports to be about one thing which is addiction. 

9pm Portsmouth Panel Session and Q&A“Challenges faced on the road of Recovery’’

Chair and Q&A Leader: Simon Knight (PFS trustee) Panel speakers are Toni Mason from ANA, Dr Lorenzo Stafford, Department of Psychology, University of Portsmouth and Danielle Sutton-Johnson from Southsea Sangha

Thursday 21 November
One Note at a Time    (US) 95min 2016

It is a beautifully crafted, feature documentary, rich with colorful characters. In this mesmerizing setting it shows the tragic effects of a failing USA healthcare system. It’s set in the iconic musical backdrop of New Orleans, where the music stopped in 2005…when one of the most deadly and destructive hurricanes in American history struck. The flood defenses failed, flooding the Crescent City for weeks. Lives were lost and lives were shattered. Many displaced musicians felt compelled to return to the chaos and bleak confusion to play again. This is the story of some who made it back, told in their own words, with those who fought alongside to resuscitate the music scene; In particular the founders of The New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic and Assistance Foundation, a unique medical facility with the motto… ‘Keeping the music ALIVE’.

28  November  for rm 1.10
Working in Shadows : LIVE Show     60min


The year is 1943 and it’s all hands to the pump on the home front. Experience life from the floor of the WWII factories making parts for Spitfires, and watch as the women of Britain aid the war effort. The Wessex Film and Sound Archive, in partnership with West Berkshire Museum, is bringing an unmissable heritage film experience to a venue near you. Join us for your own exclusive live viewing of footage unseen by the public in over 75 years. Don’t miss the chance to experience this piece of local heritage, brought to life by an improvised score, performed by live musicians.  £7 full price £4 concession

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Thursday 5 December  Xmas film
The Peanut Butter Falcon
2019  93min US Cert TBC

This film is a modern Mark Twain-esque adventure starring Shia LaBeouf (American Honey, Fury) as a small-time outlaw turned unlikely coach who joins forces with Zak, a young man with Down Syndrome on the run from the nursing home with the dream of becoming a professional wrestler. Dakota Johnson (Suspiria, Fifty Shades of Grey) stars as Zak’s loving, but stubborn, carer. A feel good adventure brought to life by outstanding performances.