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Back to the Future Mini Exhibition at Portsmouth City Museum

As part of the current large exhibition A Hard Choice at Portsmouth City Museum a community case & display area was set up to allow local people to have the opportunity to share their own treasured collections with the rest of the city. A few weeks ago three winning collections were selected from the incredible shortlist of submissions with judges Rosalinda Hardiman the city’s collection manager, Mark Waldron from The News and myself from Strong Island. The collections submitted were fantastically diverse including vintage postcards, royal clocks, an 80s fashion designer, glasswear and much, much more. Finally three submissions were selected for the community display and the first of these to go in to A Hard Choice is all about the Back to the Future Trilogy.

The Hill Valley Preservation Society present a small portion of their Back to the Future props and costume display at Portsmouth Museum. This collection includes some of the most iconic items from the Back to the Future Trilogy and is made up of officially licensed replicas, screen-used/production made props, reproductions and vintage items. If you are a fan of the films this is an incredible collection and well worth a visit, alongside ‘A Hard Choice’ exhibition, from the end of March until the end of May. Don’t forget that entry to Portsmouth Museum is FREE.

Back to the Future Mini Exhibition at Portsmouth City Museum

Back to the Future Mini Exhibition at Portsmouth City Museum

A New Hue #voff5

A New Hue is a short CG animation embracing a paper aesthetic, revolving around the introduction of two contrasting characters living in a paper world. The animation was created by George Rigby, Stephen Tucker and Portsmouth resident Jennifer Hardy.

This film follows the charming tale of a young girl, Lily, who lives alone in her bland paper world, until she meets an excitable blob of ink, Blot. At first, Lily doesn’t know what to make of him, however, they quickly become friends as he literally brings colour to her life. The piece delivers a pleasing, cohesive style with likeable characters and an understandable narrative suitable for all ages.

The beautiful animation has been shortlisted for the Viewster Online Film Festival. The animation is currently doing well and in fourth place, a top ten finish would lead to prize money for the team behind it. You can vote on the website HERE however social media also plays a part, if share the page and include the hastag #voff5.

I’m sure that you’ll agree this sweet and charming film deserves to be winning awards and claiming the international recognition it has been receiving.

A New Hue

A New Hue 1

A New Hue from George Rigby on Vimeo.

Our Picks For No 6 – March 2015

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.

March is quite a special month as the team behind No 6 are giving you another chance to catch the big winners from last months Oscars on the big screen. Be sure to check their website to buy tickets and for their full listings www.no6cinema.co.uk.

Boyhood (15) | 14th March | 7pm
Oscar Winner: Best Supporting Actress
Oscar Nominated: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Original Screenplay

Richard Linklater follows a boy’s life from the ages of 6 to 18, shooting periodically over 12 years. Ellar Coltrane plays Mason, the son of Mason Snr. and Olivia. As his divorced parents find new partners, Mason Jnr faces emotional and physical uncertainties with growing maturity.

Whether he’s squabbling with his older sister Samantha, arguing STAR WARS lore with his dad, or having his heart broken by a first love, the film renders the apparently commonplace both unfamiliar and compelling. And while the changes Mason and Samantha undergo are obvious, they’re subtly matched by those of their parents.

Inherent Vice (15) | 19th March | 7pm
Oscar Nominated: Best Adapted Screenplay

Private detective Doc Sportello is trying to track down his ex-girlfriend, Shasta Fay, and the property magnate she’s been fooling around with in late ’60s California. Involving a hippie-hating cop, a spaced-out snitch for hire, Sportello’s uptight District Attorney lover, a philosophising lawyer, and a laugh-out-loud-funny Martin Short as a sex-addicted coke-head, the story becomes ever more complex and elaborate.

Based on Thomas Pynchon’s picaresque novel, INHERENT VICE is director Paul Thomas Anderson’s funniest work yet. An ensemble cast who are clearly having a ball, and the seedy authenticity of post-hippie La-La land, further enhance the film’s immense entertainment value.

Love Is Strange (15) | 26th March | 7pm

Long-term New York lovers Ben and George embrace the new legality of gay marriage by getting hitched, only to find George facing the sack from his intolerant employer. Now unable to afford their apartment, they’re obliged to live separately with friends and family, an arrangement that comes with pressures and discomforts that none of those involved could have imagined.

Writer-director Ira Sachs has strong form portraying the subtle nuances of intimate relationships; with LOVE IS STRANGE the middle-aged element adds both poignancy and unmawkish humour.

Big Hero 6 (PG) | 28th March | 4:15pm
Oscar Winner: Best Animated Feature

Set in the recognisably hi-tech but endangered city of San Fransokyo, Disney’s latest, gently amusing offering is loosely based on a Marvel Comics tale. After his older brother Tadashi is killed in a mysterious accident, teenage micro-bot obsessive Hiro is befriended by Tadashi’s creation – Baymax, a kind and unusually snowman-like robot. Hiro then successfully upgrades Baymax’s operating system to turn him into a crime-fighting automaton that might help solve the riddle of Tadashi’s death.

The relationship between Baymax and Hiro provides the core of this beautifully rendered animation from co-directors Hall and Williams.

No. 6 Cinema

Our Picks For No 6 – March 2015

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.

March is quite a special month as the team behind No 6 are giving you another chance to catch the big winners from last months Oscars on the big screen. Be sure to check their website to buy tickets and for their full listings www.no6cinema.co.uk.

Birdman (15) | 6th March | 7pm
Oscar Winner: Best Picture, Best Director,
Oscar Nominated: Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Original Screenplay

The winner of Best Picture in last months Academy Awards features Riggan Thomson (Michael Keaton) is a washed-up actor who made his name starring in an iconic Hollywood franchise about the Birdman. Now he longs to be taken seriously as a Broadway playwright and director but his theatre production is dogged by disaster. When famous stage actor Mike Shiner (Ed Norton) is persuaded to join the show at the last minute, Riggan’s prayers seem to have been answered but instead Mike’s raging ego threatens to destroy Riggan’s dreams for good.

The Imitation Game (12A) | 7th March | 7pm
Oscar Winner: Best Adapted Screeplay
Oscar Nominated: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress

Benedict Cumberbatch masterfully portrays mathematical genius Alan Turing in his race against time to break Germany’s Enigma code during World War II. Flashbacks following Turing’s arrest for homosexuality chronicle his battles with the commander of Bletchley Park code breakers (Dance) before he wins the trust of an MI6 boss (Mark Strong) and the funding to build a huge electro-mechanical computer which will help him decipher the code. Cumberbatch’s twitchy, savant-like Turing doesn’t suffer the fools he initially has to work with but in Joan Clarke (Knightley) he finds an intellectual equal and friend. The result is both gripping and profoundly moving.

Whiplash (15) | 12th March | 7pm
Oscar Nominated: Best Picture and Best Adapted Screeplay
Oscar Winner: Best Supporting Actor

Damien Chazelle’s second theatrical feature centres on the relationship between Andrew, an aspiring jazz drummer, and Fletcher, his ultra-demanding teacher. Driven almost to nervous and physical breakdown by Fletcher’s bullying, Andrew sacrifices everything, including his budding relationship with fellow student Nicole, for his chance of greatness, leading to a shattering climax.

Teller and Simmons are both magnificent, Chazelle’s directorial hand is assured, and the cinematography gives the film a decidedly noirish edge. Its exhilarating musical sequences alone justifying its many awards – which include both the Audience Award and the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance 2014.

Boyhood (15) | 14th March | 7pm
Oscar Winner: Best Supporting Actress
Oscar Nominated: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Original Screenplay

Richard Linklater follows a boy’s life from the ages of 6 to 18, shooting periodically over 12 years. Ellar Coltrane plays Mason, the son of Mason Snr. and Olivia. As his divorced parents find new partners, Mason Jnr faces emotional and physical uncertainties with growing maturity.

Whether he’s squabbling with his older sister Samantha, arguing STAR WARS lore with his dad, or having his heart broken by a first love, the film renders the apparently commonplace both unfamiliar and compelling. And while the changes Mason and Samantha undergo are obvious, they’re subtly matched by those of their parents.

Inherent Vice (15) | 19th March | 7pm
Oscar Nominated: Best Adapted Screenplay

Private detective Doc Sportello is trying to track down his ex-girlfriend, Shasta Fay, and the property magnate she’s been fooling around with in late ’60s California. Involving a hippie-hating cop, a spaced-out snitch for hire, Sportello’s uptight District Attorney lover, a philosophising lawyer, and a laugh-out-loud-funny Martin Short as a sex-addicted coke-head, the story becomes ever more complex and elaborate.

Based on Thomas Pynchon’s picaresque novel, INHERENT VICE is director Paul Thomas Anderson’s funniest work yet. An ensemble cast who are clearly having a ball, and the seedy authenticity of post-hippie La-La land, further enhance the film’s immense entertainment value.

Love Is Strange (15) | 26th March | 7pm

Long-term New York lovers Ben and George embrace the new legality of gay marriage by getting hitched, only to find George facing the sack from his intolerant employer. Now unable to afford their apartment, they’re obliged to live separately with friends and family, an arrangement that comes with pressures and discomforts that none of those involved could have imagined.

Writer-director Ira Sachs has strong form portraying the subtle nuances of intimate relationships; with LOVE IS STRANGE the middle-aged element adds both poignancy and unmawkish humour.

Big Hero 6 (PG) | 28th March | 4:15pm
Oscar Winner: Best Animated Feature

Set in the recognisably hi-tech but endangered city of San Fransokyo, Disney’s latest, gently amusing offering is loosely based on a Marvel Comics tale. After his older brother Tadashi is killed in a mysterious accident, teenage micro-bot obsessive Hiro is befriended by Tadashi’s creation – Baymax, a kind and unusually snowman-like robot. Hiro then successfully upgrades Baymax’s operating system to turn him into a crime-fighting automaton that might help solve the riddle of Tadashi’s death.

The relationship between Baymax and Hiro provides the core of this beautifully rendered animation from co-directors Hall and Williams.

No. 6 Cinema

New Video for Percival Elliott song Meant to Be by Paul Thurlow

A little bit before Christmas we put the word out that local creative Paul Thurlow was working on a new music video to be filmed over the holidays and he was on the look out for for young dancers. In the end dancers George and Evie managed to practice the dance and braved a very cold on a Saturday morning for the cameras. The new music video for Percival Elliott‘s song ‘Meant to Be’ can be viewed below:

New Video for Percival Elliott song Meant to Be by Paul Thurlow

Short Film Night at The Fat Fox TONIGHT

Trash Arts and Making Waves Film Festival bring you a special one night showcasing the best shorts from local and national talent in the intimate comfy Fat Fox, Albert Road in Southsea.

The short films to be screened are:

Mathew Harrision- Cosplay Documentary
DeadBolt Film- Monitor
Rachel Stephens- A Fine Bromance
Sam Mason Bell- Perfectly Human
Thomas J Davenport- Silhouette
Wes Casey Productions- Mutant Monks From outa Space

Entrance is only £2 with tickets on the door. Doors open at 7:30pm tonight and films are due to start at 8pm.

Short Film Night at The Fat Fox TONIGHT

Portsmouth Kids in the 1980s TV Programme No 73

If you’re a 70s kid you’ll remember the the classic Saturday morning TV programmes through the years of your childhood. Along with the 80s Saturday morning classics like Tiswas, Noel’s Multi-Coloured Swap Shop and the later shows like Saturday Superstore and Going Live! there was ITVs No. 73 which aired from 1982 until 1988. The show was presented through the years by Neil Buchanan, Andrea Arnold, Kate Copstick, Kim Goody, Richard Waites and now University of Portsmouth chancellor Sandi Toksvig. Despite the show always saying it was from a house in Maidstone Kent the programme was originally filmed in studios over in Southampton before moving to Kent when it became a national TV show. For the first series the opening titles were all filmed down in Portsmouth, featuring local kids.

Joel Ransom got in touch with the story of the filming of the titles for the show, in which he himself appears! Author Graham Hurley (many of his series of detective books are set in Portsmouth) was involved with the show and his son was at St Jude’s school, Old Portsmouth. The class were asked to run up the beach down by South Parade Pier and then down Alhambra Rd where they would eventually knock the fictional door to No 73.

You can watch the credits from the 1982 series 1 of No. 73 on YouTube HERE (sadly the video is set so it cannot be embedded) and see lots of other footage from around the city. Below is a behind the scenes photo of the class running up the shingle beach from the filming.

Portsmouth Kids in the 1980s TV Programme No 73

Super8 Films of Southsea from the Late 60s & Early 70s

Despite it being the end of the holiday season and cold and grey outside, these two super8 films filmed in and around Portsmouth in the 60s and early 70s will give you a nostalgic warmth about Southsea. Super8 always creates a sense of atmosphere and these vintage home films from times past might inspire a little summer’s warmth, if not, crank that radiator up.

Super8 Films of Southsea from the Late 60s and Early 70s

Our Picks For No 6 – January 2015

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.

Interstellar (12A)
Showing: 03/01/15 at 7pm

A team of explorers and scientists travel through a wormhole in an attempt to find a potentially habitable planet that will sustain humanity. Amongst the group is Cooper (McConaughey), an idealistic everyman willing to leave behind his two young children to join a venture whose noble goals include saving humanity from its destructive excesses. Director Christopher Nolan creatively builds on the experimental cinematography he employed in THE DARK KNIGHT RISES, using anamorphic 35mm and an IMAX camera attached to a plane with stunningly eye-boggling results. Please note this film contains strobe light effects.

My Old Lady (12A)
Showing: 08/01/15 at 7pm

Horowitz’s second directorial feature shows Mathias (Kevin Kline), a penniless New Yorker arriving in Paris to secure and sell an inherited apartment only to find it occupied by an imperious 90 year-old, Mathilde (Maggie Smith) who, supported by her equally obstinate daughter Chloé (Kristin Scott Thomas), has little intention of vacating it any time soon. Worse still an obscure French law enables Mathilde to charge Mathias rent. The emergence of Mathilde’s family secrets, Mathias’ comically-realised economic plight and an uneasy attraction that develops between he and Chloé are vividly executed by three hugely watch- able co-stars at the height of their game.

The Imitation Game (12A)
Showing: 09/01/15 at 7pm and 17/01/15 at 7pm

Benedict Cumberbatch masterfully portrays mathematical genius Alan Turing in his race against time to break Germany’s Enigma code during World War II. Flashbacks following Turing’s arrest for homosexuality chronicle his battles with the commander of Bletchley Park code breakers (Dance) before he wins the trust of an MI6 boss (Mark Strong) and the funding to build a huge electro-mechanical computer which will help him decipher the code. Cumberbatch’s twitchy, savant-like Turing doesn’t suffer the fools he initially has to work with but in Joan Clarke (Knightley) he finds an intellectual equal and friend. The result is both gripping and profoundly moving.

Mr Turner (12A)
Showing: 10/01/15 at 7pm to 11/01/15 at 2:30pm

This boisterous dissertation on Britain’s greatest landscape artist J. M. W. Turner is Mike Leigh’s first biopic since 1999’s scrutiny of Gilbert and Sullivan, TOPSY TURVY. Turner’s close relationship with his ailing father (Jesson), and the more complex ones involving the women in his life, are beautifully realised. Spall, as the muttering, opinionated eccentric whose eye is always on his work, delivers a performance amply justifying his Best Actor award at Cannes. Turner’s run-ins with the Royal Academy and his peculiar techniques are handled with humour and admirable impartiality. With Dick Pope’s cinematography the film is a joy to behold.

The Hobbit: The Battle Of Five Armies (12A)
Showing: 24/01/15 at 7pm

In this concluding part of director Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy, Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) has helped Thorin Oakenshield and the Dwarves to reclaim their Erebor mountain homeland from the dragon Smaug (voiceover by Benedict Cumberbatch). Furious at losing Erebor and its many treasures, Smaug unleashes his fiery wrath on the people of Laketown, who assisted the Dwarves in their quest to take back their home. The ancient and terrifying enemy Sauron and his Orc hordes join the fight against Bilbo, the Dwarves and their allies, triggering a war that will prove the defining chapter in this visually dazzling Middle-earth epic.

Paddington (PG)
Showing: 25/01/15 at 2:30pm

Arriving in London from his native Peru with a ‘Please Look After This Bear’ label around his neck, Paddington Bear is fortunately taken in by kindly Mr and Mrs Brown (Bonneville and Hawkins). Voiced by Ben Whishaw, and named after the railway station he arrived at, Paddington embarks on a series of bemused adventures as he searches for one of his Aunt Lucy’s (Imelda Staunton) friends and finds himself dodging a malicious taxidermist with an unnatural aversion to bears (Nicole Kidman). This charming amalgam of CGI, animatronics and live action will delight fans of Michael Bond’s perennially popular children’s books.

Get On Up (12A)
Showing: 29/01/15 at 7pm

This long-awaited Godfather of Soul biopic magnificently evokes James Brown’s high-octane life, thanks to Chadwick Boseman’s extraordinary performance as Brown and the no-holds-barred narrative from director Tate Taylor and co-writer Jez Butterworth. Beginning with Brown’s impoverished childhood the film follows his determined rise via gospel music to become a global soul legend and charts his tumultuous but steadfast friendship with long-time collaborator Bobby Byrd (Ellis). Brown’s vanity and numerous other faults aren’t shied away from, nor is the ruthlessness of his manager (Aykroyd). Producer Mick Jagger gives us a dynamic insight into Brown’s roller-coaster life story and celebrates his musical legacy.

What We Do In The Shadows (15)
Showing: 30/01/15 at 7pm

Clement propels the mockumentary into refreshingly original and hilarious territory, in this character-driven comedy following four vampires living uneasily together in a murky Wellington house- hold as they struggle to adapt to the 21st century. Being vampires they must prowl the nightclubs in search of fresh meat but flat-sharing also involves more mundane matters of quarrels, household chores, and cleaning up after bouts of bloodletting. Flight of the Conchords star Clement plays Vlad the Poker. His flatmates are the 379-year-old Viago (Waititi), Nosferatu lookalike Petyr (Ben Fransham), and Deacon (Brugh), a mere 183 and the young firebrand of the group.

The Hunger Games: Mockinjay Part 1 (12A)
Showing: 31/01/15 at 7pm

Director Francis Lawrence’s taut, gripping film is the third episode of the hit saga set in a dystopia where a cruel elite guard their spoils. After escaping the third Quarter Quell and destroying the Games, maverick District 12 winner of the 74th Hunger Games Katniss Everdeen (Lawrence) has become a hero and inspiration to the downtrodden of Panem. Waking up in the unfamiliar District 13 and angry at her betrayal by the mentors she considered loyal, Katniss is desperate to rescue her District 12 co-victor Peeta (Hutcherson), with help from best friend Gale (Hemsworth) and District 13 president Alma Coin (Julianne Moore).

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Aspex Project with University of Portsmouth

Aspex Gallery have recently been working with Television and Broadcasting BSc students from University of Portsmouth to produce a promotional video for the gallery. Credit for the video goes to Georgia Tolley, Ryan Jenkins, Safiya Pomell and Jonny Quinn from Tin Productions.

The video features scenes from the Platform Graduate Awards and the Virgin Startups event.

Aspex: Promotional Video Project with University of Portsmouth from aspex on Vimeo.

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It’s going to be a Strong Movember – Join The Team

Righto chaps, keep that mighty moustache on the grow in support of Movember for The Prostate Cancer Charity and the Institute of Cancer Research. For 30 days of November you can help support and raise awareness through selflessly parading your top lip for charity.

You can sign up yourself, as I’m sure many of you already have, or you can join the Strong Island team and seek out sponsorship as a team. Through the Strong Island Movember page you can ask people to join the group, make donations, upload photos and post updates via the MoSpace page, Facebook and Twitter.

Head over to our MoSpace if you would like to get involved and grow a Strong Moustache to help raise awareness, or simply head over to www.uk.movember.com and sign up to personally raise money.

The funds raised in the UK support the number one and two male specific cancers – prostate and testicular cancer. The funds raised are directed to programmes run directly by Movember and our men’s health partners, The Prostate Cancer Charity and the Institute of Cancer Research. Together, these channels work together to ensure that Movember funds are supporting a broad range of innovative, world-class programmes in line with our strategic goals in the areas of awareness and education, survivorship and research.

Poster: Tristan Savage

Pier and Snow

Here are a few photos from a walk down to the pier on Wednesday during the snowfall. There are some more over on Forever Circling.

Whiteout #2

Pier

Walk Together

It’s going to be a Strong Movember

Righto chaps, it’s time to clean shave your boat race and get that mighty moustache on the grow in support of Movember for The Prostate Cancer Charity and the Institute of Cancer Research. For 30 days of November you can help support and raise awareness through selflessly parading your top lip for charity.

You can sign up yourself, as I’m sure many of you already have, or you can join the Strong Island team and seek out sponsorship as a team. Through the Strong Island Movember page you can ask people to join the group, make donations, upload photos and post updates via the MoSpace page, Facebook and Twitter.

Head over to our MoSpace if you would like to get involved and grow a Strong Moustache to help raise awareness, or simply head over to www.uk.movember.com and sign up to personally raise money.

The funds raised in the UK support the number one and two male specific cancers – prostate and testicular cancer. The funds raised are directed to programmes run directly by Movember and our men’s health partners, The Prostate Cancer Charity and the Institute of Cancer Research. Together, these channels work together to ensure that Movember funds are supporting a broad range of innovative, world-class programmes in line with our strategic goals in the areas of awareness and education, survivorship and research.

Poster: Tristan Savage

Spinnaker Tower

Soaring 170 metres above Portsmouth Harbour and the Solent, the Spinnaker Tower is taller than the London Eye, Blackpool Tower and Big Ben and has already established itself as a national icon for Britain. Get yourself down to Gunwharf Quays and check out the panoramic views over the city and the Solent. Don’t forget your camera. Oh, and if you’re a Portsmouth resident you get cheap entry if you provide proof.

Lights Out by Pete Thorne

Following on from Tristan’s post about pics from early Saturday morning during the power outage.

Very impressive series of photographs taken on Albert Road during the black-out by Portsmouth photographer Pete Thorne.

Headlights

KFC

Moonlit Junction

See more on his Flickr Stream.

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