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Making Waves Film Festival | Strange Factories

Strange Factories will be screened at the Kings Theatre next Wednesday as part of the Making Waves Film Festival. This will be an event with a difference, during the showing of the film, the scenes will be played out by the actors simultaneously on stage and around the theatre. This immersive experience is a must see for fans of theatre and cinema.

The film tells the story of a writer, Victor who awakens alone having fled a mysterious fire that consumed a theatre with his band of performers, and becomes obsessed by his unfinished story. He journeys into dreamlike places, all the while haunted by visions from the infamous hum of the Strange Factory. Upon finding his troupe under the wing of an aristocratic noble, he learns of the enigmatic Stronheim, who offers to rebuild Victor’s theatre, so long as he finds the ending to his story…

If you would like to attend this event then you can reserve your ticket HERE.

Strange Factories – Trailer from FoolishPeople on Vimeo.

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Sci-Fi and Fantasy Weekend At The Dockyards

On Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th September Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard will be hosting a Sci Fi and Fantasy weekend. Attractions include an exhibition feating props and memorabilia from the Back To The Future Trilogy, Laser Quest and a showing of Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy.

With more attractions to be announced soon, the best to stay up to date is the Historic Dockyard’s Facebook page HERE.

Guardians Of The Galaxy tells the story of Starlord aka Peter Quill, he finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits-Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon, Groot, a tree-like humanoid, the deadly and enigmatic Gamora and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer. But when Quill discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand-with the galaxy’s fate in the balance.

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Our Picks For No 6 This September

If you haven’t visited the No. 6 Cinema before then we highly recommend it, it is a mix of thoughtful art house cinema, vintage Hollywood classics and new blockbusters all within the historic blockhouse in the dockyard.

The team have a great evening planned to offer you in the company of the wittertainer himself, Mr Mark Kermode. On Thursday 25th September at 7.30pm he will be presenting his stage show ‘Hatchet Job: LOVE Movies, HATE Critics’.

Tickets are available either through this website HERE or from the front desk at Action Stations for £15 (£12 concessions). The bar will be open after the show if you would like the chance to meet the man himself.

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Here are a selection of movies we recommend you check out. Be sure to check the No. 6 website for full list of all the movies this being shown www.no6cinema.co.uk.

The Wind Rises (PG) on Thursday 4th Sept at 19:00

Visionary director Miyazaki delivers his farewell masterpiece and once again defies the conventional limitations of animation in depicting the life of Jiro Horikoshi, the engineer who designed the Mitsubishi A6M Zero. Young Horikoshi is fascinated by flight, and dedicates his life to building flying machines but with Japan’s entry into World War II he begins to feel a terrible guilt because of the machines he has devised and the deaths they have caused. This profound and beautiful film deftly combines Ghibli’s mesmerising style with an achingly beautiful love story and asks hard questions about humanity,

*Please note that we will be screening the dubbed version (not the subtitled one).

Predator (18) on Friday 5th Sept at 19:00

Arnold Schwarzenegger leads an elite squad of US Army commandos to the South American jungle, where they ve been assigned to search for officials who ve been kidnapped by terrorists. Instead Arnold finds himself pitted against a hideous alien creature that is heavily armed and wearing a spacesuit enabling the creature to render itself invisible. But lets face it, we all know how awesome this movie is and how often do we get the chance to see it on the big screen? A must see for Sci Fi and Horror fans!

Belle (12A) on Saturday 13th Sept at 19:00

The illegitimate child of Admiral Sir John Lindsay and an African woman, Dido is raised in England under the care of her great-uncle Lord Mansfield. Although Elizabeth immediately becomes her inseparable friend, Lord and Lady Mansfield are tormented by the question of Dido’s social status – ‘too good’ to dine with the servants, but ‘not good enough’ to entertain their guests.

Her fate takes an unexpected turn, however, when she falls in love with an idealistic young man who helps not only to advance Lord Mansfield’s career, but also to eventually halt the practice of slavery in England.

Finding Vivian Maier (12A) on Friday 19th Sep at 19:00

This documentary takes as its starting point the accidental discovery by estate agent John Maloof of a huge cache of negatives. It was only later that he realised their importance: he had stumbled upon a wealth of stunning photographs by Vivian Maier, an unsung talent who had worked as a nanny in Chicago and New York from the 1950s to the 1990s.

Maloof’s discovery resulted in Maier’s recognition as one of the most vivid street photographers of the 20th century. Paying homage to her work as well as exploring the strange twists and turns of her life, this film is dense with images, interviews and revelations.

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Portsmouth Film Society | Charlie Chaplin’s ‘Modern Times’

On Saturday 30th August the Portsmouth Film Society invite you to join them in the Portsmouth Natural History Museum Gardens for a screening of Charlie Chaplin’s ‘Modern Times’.

Considered Charles Chaplin’s last “silent” film, though Chaplin uses sound, vocal, and musical effects throughout. Chaplin is an assembly-line worker driven insane by the monotony of his job. After a long spell in an asylum, he searches for work, only to be mistakenly arrested as a union agitator. A slapstick skewering of industrialized America, Modern Times is as politically incisive as it is laugh-out-loud hilarious.

The showing begins at 9:30pm, for more information on how you can get involved, check out the PFS website HERE.

To find out about future open air screenings for August and September click HERE.

Portsmouth Film Society | Open Air Screenings

Due to unforeseen circumstances the Portsmouth Film Society were forced to postpone the open air screening of Dallas Buyers Club, however we are happy to inform you that it has been rescheduled for Southsea Castle on Tuesday 15th July. Tickets for both these events are available from their website HERE.

Dallas Buyers Club (Cert 15) @ Southsea Castle. Doors open from 8:30pm with the movie starting 9:30pm.

Matthew McConaughey’s oscar winning performance as real-life Texan Ron Woodroof, whose free-wheeling life was overturned in 1985 when, diag-nosed as HIV-positive, he is given 30 days to live. Ron, shunned by his old friends, takes matters in his own hands, tracks down alternative treatments from all over the world.

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Digital Film Showcase

Portsmouth College’s first ever Digital Film Showcase is to be held at No.6 Cinema in the Historic Dockyard, Portsmouth on Friday 27th June from 7pm-10pm, everyone is welcome.

The showcase will feature films from AS, A2 and Level 4 students, many of whom will progress onto your institutions. The standard is incredibly high – it promises to be an excellent night which really shows the quality of the work we produce.

Here’s a little taster of what you can expect…

Digital Film Showcase

New Effraim Catlow Flatground BMX Edit ‘Coming Full Circle’

Flatground BMX is a highly difficult mix of pinpoint balance & control, a 6th sense of awareness for the bike and the ability to generate momentum and flow and there aren’t many things that come close to the level of skill required. Southsea’s Effraim Catlow has a long, long history of competing at the highest levels internationally as well as being a professional and on Monday dropped a brand new edit entitled ‘Coming Full Circle’. For this film Effraim teamed up with local film maker Ollie Denny who documented the last sessions of Effraim riding at the Brook Club in Somerstown (where Effraim has practiced for years) before the club is demolished.

“I wanted to document my riding as this point in time, to remember the spot and also help push my personal progression. I was inspired by a podcast that asked a question, “How do you know when a music track is finished?” I immediately started thinking about flatland, and your combos. When are they over? Is there a right time to pull out? After much gnashing of teeth, and riding time in between injuries, I’ve come full circle from doing long combos in the contests to short combos outside of the contest environment”. – Effraim Catlow

New Effraim Catlow Flatground BMX Edit 'Coming Full Circle'

Portsmouth Film Society : Short Cuts

Portsmouth Film Society is looking for entries to this years short cut short film competition. Short Cuts is a showcase for the best in local short films by all kinds of filmmakers, from keen enthusiasts to professionals. This year Shorts Cut are looking for entertaining, engaging and thought provoking films in any genre, from animation to documentary, comedy to drama, up to a maximum length of 15 minutes.

The deadline for submissions is Friday 5th September 2014.

To enter the film, go to the submission page website www.shortscut.org.uk. The best films will be screened at Portsmouth Film Society event on October 23, 2014 in the Eldon cinema hall, whose high definition projector is a sure way to show of the films looking at their best.

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Our Picks For No 6 This June

If you haven’t visited the No. 6 Cinema before then we highly recommend it, it is a mix of thoughtful art house cinema, vintage Hollywood classics and new blockbusters all within the historic blockhouse in the dockyard.

Here are a selection of movies we recommend you check out. Be sure to check their website for full list of all the movies this being shown www.no6cinema.co.uk.

Sun 22 at 14:00 – The Godfather Part II (Re 2014) (18)

A rare instance of a sequel being more than equal to its predecessor, THE GODFATHER II relates the growth and consolidation of organised crime to the immigrant experience in the New World. We shift between Pacino defending his interests before Senate investigative committees and eliminating rivals in the Eisenhower era, and the fortunes of his father (De Niro), trapped in the slums of New York in the early years of the century and turning to crime in a last effort to defend family honour. A brooding, stately epic of corruption and disillusion, amplifying and extending the events of Part 1.

Thu 26 at 19:00 – The Wind Rises (PG)

Visionary director Miyazaki delivers his farewell masterpiece and once again defies the conventional limitations of animation in depicting the life of Jiro Horikoshi, the engineer who designed the Mitsubishi A6M Zero. Young Horikoshi is fascinated by flight, and dedicates his life to building flying machines but with Japan’s entry into World War II he begins to feel a terrible guilt because of the machines he has devised and the deaths they have caused. This profound and beautiful film deftly combines Ghibli’s mesmerising style with an achingly beautiful love story and asks hard questions about humanity,

Please note that we will be screening the dubbed version (not the subtitled one).

Sat 28 at 19:00 – Frank (15)

The history of rock ’n’ roll is strewn with eccentrics, none more so than Chris Sievey, whose alter ego, Frank Sidebottom, wore a giant papier-mâché head and sang songs about football in a nasal voice. For Sievey Frank wasn’t just a stage persona but a gateway to a whole new dimension and this film – co-written by former Sidebottom bandmate Jon Ronson – takes us on an exploration of the twilight world between brilliance and madness. Fassbender gives a superbly judged performance as the enigmatic but adorable Frank in an offbeat, touching story about a different kind of genius.

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Review of University of Portsmouth Graduate Show 2014

Last Friday saw the official opening of the University of Portsmouth’s new Eldon Building wing and the opening of this year’s Graduate Show, one of the most important events in the creative diary for the city. The day before the CCi TV graduates began filming and producing 24 hour live broadcast which continued through Friday capturing many of the events that were going on, of which the official opening was but one. The building has been a few years in the making and now offers incredible, creative educational resources, more space, exhibition areas, high tech lecture theatres and more for the Creative and Cultural Industries faculty.

The official opening began with a speech by Professor Catherine Harper, Dean of the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries, with the official unveiling by University Chancellor Sandi Toksvig, who despite being jetlagged gave a funny and inspiring speech.

“This wonderful building is going to be a beating heart of creativity here in this glorious city”. – Sandi Toksvig

“I am extraordinarily proud. The building brings together staff and students under one roof to benefit from working together and collaborating on creative projects and I am already thrilled with the response from staff and students to working and learning in the building”. – Professor Catherine Harper

With the formal opening complete, which included a surprise performance by the University Choir, the exhibitions around the Eldon site were open to graduates, families, staff and members of the public. As per previous years, the courses bring together the work of their students in to striking exhibitions in their respective departments and spaces. We started off with Graphic Design in the basement to view the final posters, books and promotional materials on display. Each year Graduate Design just somehow seems to get better and better, with this year projects capturing subjects as diverse as The Ace of Spades, pylons, The Solent, a complete history of acid, handwitten type and so much more. Senior course staff confirmed suspicions…this year’s graduates are a vintage year.

Moving up four floors the Illustration exhibition always seems to catch the sunlight each year, with the warm space packed with creative work. Illustration students have huge scope in how to create and present the work and their exhibition is always a must see, and their shop is always a great way to pick up affordable prints and more. Always good to explore in both Graphic Design and Illustration are the portfolios and books containing their thoughts and developing creative ideas.

With a stop at the packed out fashion show tent in the new courtyard we visited the upper levels, first stopping off at Fine Art, which shared the large space with Photography graduates. The Fine Art show was filled with an incredible mix of media, from large, colourful paintings to installations, engaging, thought provoking and in some cases, playful. The Photography exhibition continued on past the Fine Art show and was composed of a wide variety of subjects and approaches, each panel of work with it’s own story to discover. We were drawn in to a series of photos that depicted old nightclub sofas flecked with pen ink where people had exchanged numbers, left wondering what happened to these just-met couples. Another series of four images depicted similar spaces composed to capture a sense of past family memory. Over a little time the images drew you in, noticing the same dimensions and light source, then that these were highly detailed sets and finally a discovery that they were all intricate miniatures.

On Friday we launched for the first time our Strong Island Creative Graduates to Watch Awards, which recognise exciting new talent in three of the University of Portsmouth CCi courses: Illustration, Photography & Graphic Design. We were lucky to have early access to many of the exhibitions during Friday afternoon, exploring the work, speaking to course staff and choosing winners. Once the Graduate Show had officially opened we returned to the exhibitions and met the winners. We’ll be posting next week more on the awards and the winners of this years awards. We will also be profiling the work of the winners and many of the other graduates who’s worked we loved.

More and more highly creative, innovative and skilled graduates are staying in Portsmouth and starting up creative practices and businesses, the new Eldon Building facilities and the excellent and dedicated staff will ensure that this important channel of fresh people and ideas to the city will continue to blossom.






















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Matt O’Neill

Matt is one of Southsea and Portsmouth’s legendary skateboarders since all the way back to the 80s. This footage was filmed all in one evening about a year ago, still one of the best skaters to ever step on a board on this fair isle.

Portsmouth City Museum

As with so many things that are right on your doorstep, you always say yeah I’ll go do that soon, but never do. Me and Liz had the day off together and rode around a few places before popping to the Museum after saying we’d go for years now.

If you like your local history then I advise going down. Check the Portsmouth City Museum website for more information. Click read more at the bottom for a few more snaps.

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Southsea Seagulls

How good was the weather on Sunday. Albeit cold, it was a belter for sure. Me and Liz hit up the seafront for fish & chips and inadvertently got involved with dive bombing seagulls. They love them chips…

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Southsea & Portsmouth Guide

Local photographer Steve Bomford recently sent over a series of scans from the 1926 Official Publication of the Southsea Beach & Publicity Committee Portsmouth Corporation book ‘Southsea & Portsmouth’.

‘It is of little use to invite intending holiday makers to a town, unless there are attractions to offer, under all conditions of our notorious fickle ‘English’ climate. We do not make the statement that the sun shines every day at Southsea, but records show that we do get the maximum amount of sunny hours. Last year again, 1,923 hours were recorded, the highest number (with one exception) in the United Kingdom. Admitting that the question of sunshine is an important one, it is contended that a holiday resort must have other attractions, such as charming amenities, efficient public services, splendid variety of amusements, good facilities for all outdoor sports, and a good selection of cheap excursions and places of historical interest, to make a general appeal to those who are seeking a health-giving and enjoyable holiday.”

I love all the old hand drawn adverts and especially like the ‘medically recommended’ page. Where the sun lingers longer. Couldn’t be closer to the truth still to this day. It’s a shame the ‘most artistic cafe in Southsea’ is no longer in operation and the amount of people gathered on South Parade beach is incredible. Be sure to check out the full set with over 80 pages of photos, adverts and chapters all about Portsmouth & Southsea over at Steve’s Flickr HERE. A really interesting read if you like your history. And we know you do.

Vintage Portsmouth Photographs

Following up from our Vintage Portsmouth Postcards article on Monday, Strong Island reader Centro Design posted a link to some rad old photographs of the city.

As always click read more at the bottom to see a small selection, but be sure to click this link to view all of them online.

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