Autumn 2016



AnomalisaWednesday, 14 September
(15) 89m 57s   7.00pm.

Michael Stone is unable to interact deeply with other people. His lack of interest made him a man with a repetitive, disengaged life. But on a business trip, he meets a stranger who slowly becomes a cure for his negative view on life. A strikingly original, Oscar-nominated animation from the writer of Adaptation and Being John Malkovich.

victoriaWednesday, 21 September
(15) 138m 25s    7.00pm.
In German with English Subtitles

A movie shot in a single take about Victoria, a runaway party girl, who’s asked by three friendly men to join them as they hit the town. However her wild night of partying takes a turns to dark, criminal activity as the night wears on. The film is a dazzling technical marvel (the long take was not achieved with secret edits but is the real thing) and a gripping thriller in its own right.  PFS is please to show this film for School of Media & Performing Arts University of Portsmouth.

SURVIVALIST_HS_0615___DSC9627.jpgWednesday, 28 September
Cert 18   104min   7.00pm.

In a time of starvation, a survivalist lives off a small plot of land hidden deep in the forest. When two women seeking food and shelter discover his farm, he finds his existence threatened. This is an outstanding example  for British independent film.  The Survivalist’ director Stephen Fingleton is coming to Portsmouth Film Society for the screening and Q+A. The film premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2015, where I met Robert De Niro (check my instagram for the photo). It won the Citizen Kane Award from the Sitges Film Festival, and I won the Douglas Hickox Award at the Moet BIFAs for Best Debut and an IFTA (the Rising Star award). The best review we had was from Time Out New York – five stars:                                                                                PFS is please to show this film forSchool of Creative Technologies, University of Portsmouth.


gonetoofar_613x463Wednesday, 5 October
Gone by Too Far (2013)
UK  88min 7.00pm.

(opening film event- supported by UoP and staff Multicultural Network) pre-drinks reception at 6.30pm

When London teenager Yemi’s big brother comes to live with him from Nigeria, Ikudayisi’s terrible fashion sense, broad Yoruba accent and misplaced confidence with the opposite sex threaten to destroy Yemi’s already small amount of street cred. When the pair are forced to spend the day together on their Peckham estate Yemi is forced to confront local bullies, the unattainable girl of his dreams and his own African heritage, eventually teaching both of them the values of family and self-respect.

1800Wednesday, 12th October
85min  UK – Documentary 7.00pm.

“The Hard Stop” is an intimate documentary revealing the story, away from all the press coverage, of Mark Duggan’s friends and family following his death. He was shot and killed in a Hard Stop police procedure in 2011, sparking the most violent riots in recent British history.

pressure-1975-003-friends-walking-together-00m-ifnWednesday, 19th October
(Supported by UoP and Student Union)
120 min

As London school-leaver Tony attempts to secure employment, he becomes entangled in boiling cultural tensions between the white establishment and his Jamaican background. Still the seminal portrait of the pressures faced by immigrants in Britain, this remains a caustic denouncement of institutional racism. Raw performances and confrontational politics power the first British film made by a black director … do not miss out.


old-video-camera-3_2756579Wednesday, 26th October,

Short Cuts is a showcase for the best in local short films by all kinds of filmmakers, from keen enthusiasts to professionals.  The selected short films will be screened at a special Portsmouth Film Society event, and nominated 9 films will be  entered into the annual WOW 24/7 awards (formerly the Guide Awards).


Wednesday 2nd  November
BRAZIL (1985) US
(15) 142min  7.00pm

When an innocent man is killed by the secret police, Sam Lowry, a low-level bureaucrat in a bumbling yet brutal 20th-century dictatorship, is sent on a spiralling surreal adventure that blends his stifling and terrifying reality with dreams of escape. Terry Gilliam’s wild dystopian satire remains one of the most influential films of the 80s. The film will be shown as part of the ‘Dark City’ project via The Supernatural Cities, University of Portsmouth, School of Social, Historical and Literary Studies. Please allow 15min introduction talk from Dr Karl Bell.

dheepanWednesday 9th  November
DHEEPAN (2015)  FR
(15) 112min
French and Tamil with English Subtitles. 7.00pm

Fleeing civil war in Sri Lanka, a Tamil soldier poses as husband and father of two other refugees to escape their ravaged homeland. In France, the makeshift family establishes a new life, only to find themselves embroiled in violence on the mean streets of Paris. Winner of the Palme d’Or and the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.

Wednesday 16th  November
MUSTANG (2015)  TR
(15) 97min 5s
Turkish with English Subtitles  7.00pm

Summer in Northern Turkey. Five free-spirited sisters splash about on the beach with their classmates. A neighbour reports what she considers illicit behaviour to their family, who overreact, essentially imprisoning the girls, subjecting them to endless lessons in housework in preparation for marriage. As the eldest sisters are married off, the younger ones bond together to avoid the same fate. Introduced by PFS coordinator and South Coast Anatolian Education Association secretary Aysegul Epengin.

1440-1Wednesday 23th  November
Britain on Film Special Archive Screening
PG  90min   7.00pm

PFS requested from WESSEX FILM AND SOUND ARCHIVE a special collection focus on South of England. Some films are inside BFI’s huge collection. We will see what Britain on Film curators have found extraordinary footage of ordinary people and places from across the collections.

hooorayThursday 1 December (TBC)(Rm.1.11)
Special Christmas Screening
IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE (1946) US  7.00pm

An angel helps a compassionate but despairingly frustrated businessman by showing what life would have been like if he never existed. After George Bailey (James Stewart) wishes he had never been born, an angel (Henry Travers) is sent to earth to make George’s wish come true. George starts to realise how many lives he has changed and impacted, and how they would be different if he was never there. Free entry for under 16s.