Island City Stories is a collaborative project between students and staff in The Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries (CCI) and local independent businesses and community groups in Portsmouth. The project began in January 2014, with twelve local businesses across Portsmouth chosen to be part of the 1st phase pilot.
Students from BA Film & TV Production were paired up with these initial twelve businesses and each of their stories were captured with creative and insightful short films. The businesses involved in 2014 are:
Make Craft Cafe
Atelier Art Gallery and Art School
Ye Olde Bike Shoppe
Sweetie Pie – Gluten Free Bakery
All About Tea
Bored of Southsea
Businesses lined up for 2015 already include Tony Wood Hairdresser, Pie & Vinyl, Bread Addiction & Yellow Kite Cafe.
Students from BA Illustration were also involved in the project by designing the logo/branding for ‘Island City Stories’.
You can watch a few of the films below and visit the Island City Stories website to see many more plus photos from being the scenes during the production of the films.
Turner Prize winning artist Grayson Perry‘s new series ‘Who Are You?’ began on Channel 4 last night. As well as sculpture, Grayson is best known for his brightly coloured ceramic vases which feature caricatures of his subjects. There are also prominent autobiographical themes to much of his work. You can often find images of Claire, his female alter-ego.
Grayson was born in Essex but back in 1982 he graduated with a BA in Fine Art from what was then Portsmouth Polytechnic and is now Portsmouth University.
In the first episode Grayson works with former politician Chris Huhne; X-Factor contestant Rylan Clark; Kayleigh, a 27-year-old white single mother of five who has recently converted to Islam; and Jazz, who was born a girl but has embarked on a course of male hormones to begin his life as a man. Grayson produces portraits using various different forms of art including tapestries, sculpture and pottery which are featured in the National Portrait Gallery.
I personally love portrait photography, a simple photographs of a subject with a plain background, focusing all the attention on the subject. Grayson’s project is not quite as simple as this, he is going deeper, looking into our personal identities and the persona’s we attempt to portray. I found this an insightful and an interesting take on people who have been going through a transition to find their own identity.
I’m sure episode one will be repeated, however you can find it HERE on 4oD.
DVMISSION is a film festival with a difference. At 5pm on the Friday night before the premier teams from across the country are given a film ‘title, genre and line of dialogue’. They then have just 48 hours to return on Sunday at 4pm, with a finished two-minute film. 2 hours later teams arrive in their best suits & frocks for the exciting culmination to the weekend… the Premier Night and the awarding of the coveted ‘Pompey Oscars’!
Now in it’s ninth year, DVMISSION has grown to become an annual extravaganza with well over 250 amateur and professional filmmakers taking part. DVMISSION is the longest running 48 hour film challenge in the UK and is the biggest on the South coast. It’s an event which brings the filmmaking community together once a year not only to make films but to have one massive party on the premier night.
The event itself is being held on Sunday 2nd November a the Pyramids Centre. The tickets include entry into the Premier Night screening, awards ceremony and after party. There is a dress code of black tie and posh frock. Tickets are available for £5 from the Pyramids directly. For more information check out the DVMISSION website at http://dvmission.co.uk or the Facebook page HERE.
Local creative Sam Brooks (who recently participated in our Tricorn Artist Series) was, like many of us, at Victorious Festival this year and captured some of the sights of the festival and has produced a series of animated GIFs. animated GIFs have been around for almost 20 years but as bandwidth increases to dramatically grow they are no longer clunky MySpace-like flashing colours…and can now be refined, thought provoking, fascinating frozen moments in time.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…