Winter 2017


The BFI Black Star season 

A celebration of the range, versatility and power of black actors on film and TV, taking place in cinemas nationwide. Black Star will provide a meaningful and high- profile platform for audiences to explore a galaxy of black actors through history, spotlighting the creativity and charisma of trailblazing performers, and celebrating the transatlantic wave of black British talent currently breaking across our screens.

These 3 special screenings are supported by the BFI Film Audience Network (BFI FAN) is a major initiative developed by the BFI to enable film and events experts to work in partnership to boost film audiences across the UK.

carwash1CAR WASH (US, 1976)
11 January, Eldon Screening Room 7pm
Cert PG | 97min

Written by Joel Schumaker and directed by Michael Schultz, this musical comedy/drama follows the goings-on of a Los Angeles car wash and the antics of it’s multi-racial staff and customers.  Norman Whitfield’s great musical score is integrated into the movement of the scenes to give the film a funky rhythm.

dotherightthingDO THE RIGHT THING (US 1989)
18 JAN | Eldon Screening Room 7pm
Cert 18 | 120 min

Set in the Bedford-Stuyvesant area of Brooklyn, Spike Lee’s thought-provoking and powerful comedy/drama chronicles the events that lead up to a race riot between the residents. The action takes place on the hottest day of the year and centers around a pizza parlor owned by Italian-American Sal. It’s a popular hangout for the neighborhood youth.

25 January | Eldon 7pm Screening Room

Cert 15 | 116 min

A surreal crime drama told as only Jim Jarmusch could, Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai stars Forest Whitaker as Ghost Dog, a hit man living in an unidentified but run-down city in what license plates call “The Industrialized State.” Known for his gift of being able to come and go without people noticing him, Ghost Dog is a self-taught samurai who is obsessed with order and his strict personal moral code, drawn from the philosophies of the Japanese warriors. Ghost Dog was screened in competition at the 1999 Cannes Film Festival.

sonofsaulSON OF SAUL  (2016)
Thursday 26 January                  Room.1.11  8pm
Cert 15 | 105 min 

In the horror of 1944 Auschwitz, in this searing drama, a concentration camp inmate tasked with burning the dead discovers the body of his young son, and must choose between participating in the clandestine uprising being planned among the prisoners, or securing a proper Jewish burial for his child.  We are going to show this film for Holocaust Remembrance Day 2017. Introduction talk from Christine Berberich from The University of Portsmouth.


Pride LGBT+ Film Festival, it is collaboration between PFS, the University of Portsmouth’s LGBT Staff Forum, Peccadillo Pictures, BFI FAN, Southeast HUB and the LGBT+ Society at the University of Portsmouth Students’ Union.

whos-gonna-love-me-nowWHO’S GONNA LOVE ME NOW (2016) Cert TB
February 1 | Eldon Screening Room 7pm
Region 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…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. This isn’t Saar Moaz’s singular journey, it is a monumental trek undertaken by his entire family.  The one the film producer/director of the film, Alexander Bodin Saphir will be our guest for QA. 

8th FEBRUARY | Eldon Screening Room 7pm
Cert 15 | 97 mins

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 | Eldon Screening Room 7pm
In Italian with English Subtitles
Cert 12 |  110 mins

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. This Italian coming-out comedy has a neat central narrative gimmick.

girls_lost_h_2015GIRLS LOST (Sweden) 2016
FEBRUARY 22 | Eldon Screening Room 7pm
In Swedish with English Subtitles
Cert TBC | 106min

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.  Panel discussion discussion after the screening, “Zooming in on the issues of transgender youth in education“. Chaired by Dr. Deborah Shaw, Reader in Film Studies, School of Media and Performing Arts, University of Portsmouth.

julietaJULIETA (Spain 2016)
MARCH 1 | Eldon Screening Room 7pm
In Spanish with English Subtitles
Cert 15 | 96 mins

After her death, a mother returns to her home town in order to fix the situations she couldn’t resolve during her life. Julieta (Emma Suarez) learns that her long-lost daughter has resurfaced in Madrid. This begins a painful reflection by Julieta into her checkered past, flashing back to the moments of pain that defined her current life. Spanish master Pedro Almodóvar. 

ramsRAMS (Iceland 2016)
8th March 8 | Eldon Screening Room 7pm
Icelandic with English Subtitles
Cert 15 | 90 mins

Winner of the Un Certain Regard prize at this year’s Cannes Film Festival and Best Narrative Feature at the Hampton’s Film Festival, this charming, stunningly shot drama focuses on two Icelandic sheep farmers whose decades-long feud comes to a head when disaster strikes their flocks. In a secluded valley, estranged brothers Gummi and Kiddi live side by side tending to their prized ancestral sheep stock, despite not having spoken in 40 years. 

sonitaSONITA (Germany | Switzerland | Iran 2015)
March 15 | Eldon Screening Room 7pm
In Farsi with English Subtitles
Cert PG | 90 mins

A young Afghani refugee in Iran channels her frustrations and seizes her destiny through music after her family tries to sell her into a marriage. Profile of teenage Afghan rapper Sonita Alizadeh whose music video protest over her parent’s plans to sell her as a child bride brought her to global attention.

lifeanimatedLIFE ANIMATED (US, France 2016)
22nd MARCH | Eldon Screening Room 7pm

PG Cert | 90 mins

The inspirational story of Owen Suskind, a young man who was unable to speak as a child until he and his family discovered a unique way to communicate by immersing themselves in the world of classic Disney animated films. This emotional coming-of-age story follows Owen as he graduates to adulthood and takes his first steps toward independence. “The Little Mermaid,” “The Lion King” and other animated Disney movies help him to develop reading, writing and communication skills.  90min

29th MARCH | Eldon Screening Room 7pm

Second part of the unseen archive films from South of England. We will show Wessex Film And Sound Archive’s big collection includes  Worley Films collection: John Pounds’ Memorial Ceremony and John Pounds’  Workshop, Mr Bishop and his family, Boxing day at 40 Southsea Parade and public and private occasions in Portsmouth and Hampshire.  (1930 -1938) Robert J Chillcott will introduce the Portsmouth archive films. Robert Chillcott has helped Hampshire Record Office for a number of years as a volunteer. 

Wessex Film and Sound Archive                                                  Hampshire Archives and Local Studies