This summer, Portsmouth Film Society offers the people of the city the chance to watch great films under the stars at a series of Sun Set Open Air Screenings at a number of venues across the city. Supported by BFI ‘s Film Audience Network, Portsmouth City Council, Portsmouth Festivities and the University of Portsmouth, the programme of films is a combination of classic movies and contemporary films.
Since January 2014, the award-winning Portsmouth Film Society has had a regular home in the University of Portsmouth Eldon Building where members continue to enjoy a range of film screenings including classics, world cinema, children’s programmes and local heritage films.
Sun Set Open Air Screenings will see the Film Society taking cinema to a range of other local public venues.
More than ten screenings are planned at various local venues over the summer months starting with the road movie with a classic soundtrack Easy Rider at the University Students’ Union on Friday, 30 May at 9.30pm, followed by Sergio Leone’s western The Good, the Bad and the Ugly in Victoria Park on Friday 6 June, Dallas Buyers Club, a true-life story featuring Matthew McConaughey’s Oscar-winning performance, at Southsea Castle on 24 June, the sci-fi manhunt in a war zone Star Trek: Into the Darkness (2013) on Saturday, 28 June at Cumberland House Natural History Museum Garden.
For July, the D-Day story Overlord will show on Thursday 3 July at the D-Day Museum, with an introductory talk by Dr Justin Smith, Scorsese’s family movie of film and magic Hugo on Thursday 17 July at the Butterfly Museum, Hitchcock’s gothic psychological thriller Rebecca on Thursday 24 July at Southsea Castle, Tod Browning’s classic Dracula (1931) with Bela Lugosi at Southsea Castle on Thursday 14th August, Chaplin’s Modern Times on Saturday 30 August at the Cumberland House Natural History Museum Garden,
September brings us a ‘Mystery Cinema Night’ surprise film at Southsea Castle on Thursday 4 September.
PFS Chairman and University of Portsmouth lecturer Aysegul Epengin said: “We hope that the legacy of this project will be to establishing more cinema appreciation in areas of Portsmouth and attract people of all ages together to share the film watching experience in these unique environments…
PFS aims are to improve public access to film, and to broaden public awareness of different kinds like classics, new British cinema and family screenings. Films have the power to raise your contemplation and your grasp of the power of human communication and understanding.
We hope with this project PFS will assure its position of community cinema provider in the city and create good memories for summer 2014”.
Portsmouth Film Society’s innovative programming highlights important calendar events in the local community through the screening of special seasons of films, and looks to develop cinema in relation to community-based partnerships with other local organisations.
Check Portsmouth Film Society’s website at www.portsmouthfilmsociety.org.uk for more information and to buy tickets.