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Our Picks For No 6 This December

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.

2001: A Space Odyssey (U) – Saturday 6th at 7pm

Kubrick’s complete mastery as a director is evident in every frame and every scene of this film. His almost sadistically precise exposition of story and character creates a steady accretion of perplexed tension in the viewer. 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY was a landmark film upon its initial release but it received mixed and often very misguided reviews, a fate that would befall EYES WIDE SHUT many years later. The film’s true meaning remains as opaque as the famous black monolith that appears inexplicably throughout the film.

Leviathan (15) – Thursday 11th at 7pm

This powerful drama from Cannes winner Andrey Zvyagintsev begins in a dilapidated port on the Barents Sea, where Nikolai, a hard-drinking mechanic, his long-suffering wife and truculent son are under threat of losing their home, which the mayor wants to bulldoze and replace with a fancy dacha. Hope emerges when a handsome ex-army pal turned lawyer arrives to aid their cause and in the process expose the mayor’s extensive corruption. Things take several unexpected turns, but this being a Zvyagintsev film, the family’s struggle against a poisoned bureaucracy ultimately testifies to the power of perseverance and determination.

Nightcrawler (15) – Friday 12th at 7pm

Drifter and small-time crook Lou Bloom (Jake Gyllenhaal) stumbles into the seedy world of freelance journalism in LA, where he goes armed with a camera and an increasingly perverse taste for car wrecks and shoot-outs. His work soon catches the eye of veteran TV journalist Nina, although his driver Rick is more troubled. As rival newshound Bill Paxton exhorts him to sensationalise his reporting on the basis that ‘if it bleeds, it leads,’ Bloom inevitably crosses the line, and instead of merely covering the story, he becomes it. Dan Gilroy makes a stunning directorial debut, combining tremendous action footage with a morally driven crime drama.

Fury (15) – Saturday 13th at 7pm

Brad Pitt’s second WW2 film is a far more visceral, indeed credible exercise than Tarantino’s INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS and as Wardaddy. It’s April, 1945. As the Allies make their final push in the European Theatre, a battle-hardened army sergeant named Wardaddy commands a Sherman tank and her five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Out-numbered, out-gunned, and with a rookie soldier thrust into their platoon, Wardaddy and his men face overwhelming odds in their heroic attempts. Director Ayer makes it clear this isn’t about the glory of victory, for as Wardaddy says, “You think it can’t get any worse, and then it does.

It’s a Wonderful Life (U) – Saturday 20th at 7pm

Frank Capra’s It’s a Wonderful Life is a gloriously sentimental testament to homely small-town moral values. Masterfully crafted, the film opens with angels discussing George Bailey (James Stewart), a man so beset with problems that he contemplates a Christmas-time suicide. As George prepares to jump from a bridge his guardian angel Clarence Oddbody intervenes and shows him how badly Bedford Falls would have turned out without his good deeds. Filled with a renewed joy of life George returns to his family for Christmas.

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Portsmouth Film Society: All Quiet On The Western Front

As part of Portsmouth Bookfest 2014 his Thursday evening at 7pm the team behind Portsmouth Film Society present ‘All Quiet On The Western Front’ in the Eldon Theatre. The 1930’s American film based on the Erich Maria Remarque novel of the same name follows a young soldier faces profound disillusionment in the soul-destroying horror of World War I.

The film will be Introduced by Dr Christine Berberich, Senior Lecturer in English Literature, Centre for Studies in Literature, University of Portsmouth.

You can pick up your ticket HERE for £6.

All Quiet on the Western Front

All Quiet on the Western Front

Island City Stories

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:

Southsea Greenhouse
Bellamy’s Antiques
Make Craft Cafe
Anglepoise Ltd
Atelier Art Gallery and Art School
Ye Olde Bike Shoppe
Southsea Deckchairs
Southsea Coffee
Head Hairdressing
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.

www.islandcitystories.co.uk

Island City Stories (1)

Island City Stories (2)

Grayson Perry: Who Are You?

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.

Grayson Perry

DVMISSION 2014 Film Screening + Awards Ceremony + After Party

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.

DVMISSION

Victorious 2014 Animated GIFs by Sam Brooks

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.

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.

Strange Factories Poster Graphic Version

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.

Sci Fi Weekend

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.

Kermode

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.

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Old Cycle Race

At some point between the wars this was taken during a cycle race at the Alexandra Park velodrome up in Tipner, which is still there.

Cycle Race
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Local Photographer: Paul Thurlow

I’ve been following local photographer Paul Thurlow’s blog for a little while, always some wonderful photos from our little piece of coastline plus some incredible portrait and wedding photography too. Put what you’re doing to one side for a little while and have a look through Paul’s website and Flickr too, so many beautiful photos including HDR images too.

Southsea Show 1970

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Vintage Photography by Richard Baker

Richard Baker grew up in Portsmouth and Southsea with many happy memories, but limited funds. In the 1960s Richard was studying at The Portsmouth College of Art and was lucky enough to be able to print off some wonderful black & white photographs. 40 years later he dug them out from hibernation.

The series captures people in the city going about their daily lives. Shopping, resting, having fun. Great candid shots from a simpler time. Check out the huge Pick & Mix on display at Woolworths along with the rest of Richards photographs over at his Flickr.










After skating…

…the boys enjoy a sit down at the seafront on a Sunday. Photo courtesy of the ever busy Quiet Corners lensman Paul Gonella. Perfect days, albeit still cold.

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