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Film & Cinematography

Skateboarding Edit by Paul Scott

Photographer and filmmaker Paul Scott recently moved down to Portsmouth after graduating in London and has already put together a short skate edit with a visiting Josh Ward-Brickett hitting up some local spots. Really like this photo of Josh and a layback frontside rock ‘n’ Roll on the lawcourts.

Check the photo and the edit below:

Josh Ward-Brickett Frontside Rock 'n' Roll by Paul Scott

Creative Census Portsmouth Continues!

We’ve had a great first month for our Creative Census project with lots of people completing the questions about their creative jobs, businesses and organisations…but we need more!

With our Creative Census project we aim to measure the creative temperature of the city for the first time, with the help of everyone involved with the creative industries in Portsmouth and Southsea. The census is open for submissions at the Creative Census website, please take a minute to complete the questions and to share this with everyone. The more people who take part, the better the results!

Once the census is complete we will be analysing the data and producing a presentation on the findings which we hope can actively promote the city regionally & nationally and also help lobby for improved access to resources, training, funding and more.

Please share the census with all of your friends on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc, your & your friends input can help make a difference.

We’ll be distributing flyers for Creative Census very soon with which you’ll be able to win a selection of locally created & designed prizes, more soon!

Creative Census Portsmouth

Island City Stories for 2015

Last year Island City Stories was created, a series of films about local creatives, businesses and organisations around Southsea and Portsmouth, all filmed and edited by 1st year BA Film & TV Production students from the University of Portsmouth. Island City Stories continued in to 2015 with over 10 new films in production. The first batch of these films are now online and include profiles on local radio station Express FM, Aspex Gallery, Pie & Vinyl, Al’Burrito, award winning Jewellery designer and goldsmith Barbara Tipple and Garbo’s Hair. More films to follow soon too.

Have a watch of the films below and keep an eye on the website:

Island City Stories (2)

Our Picks For No 6 – June 2015

If you have not yet visited the No. 6 Cinema then I highly recommend it. You will find a mix of thoughtful art house cinema, vintage Hollywood classics and new blockbusters all within the historic blockhouse in Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard.

Be sure to check their website to buy tickets and find their full listings

Woman In Gold | Saturday 6th June | 7pm

Tackling the same territory as The Monuments Men but from a different perspective, Woman In Gold stars Helen Mirren as Jewish émigrée Maria Altmann. Altmann’s aunt, the wealthy Austrian Adele Bloch-Bauer, was the subject of the famous portrait by Gustav Klimt, which was seized by the Nazis and then hung in a Vienna gallery after the war. Convinced that the painting is her rightful inheritance, Altmann and her young lawyer confront all manner of obstacles in pursuit of natural justice. Directed by Simon Curtis and penned by Alexi Kaye Campbell, Woman In Gold features Mirren at her twinkliest but steeliest.

Girlhood | Thursday 11th June | 7pm

Karidja Touré, one of numerous first-time actors in the production, gives a remarkably assured performance as Marieme, a frustrated teenage girl bent on exploring her identity and the world around her. Tired of an oppressive home life, her lack of prospects and the male-dominated neighbourhood, Marieme reinvents herself as Vic (as in Victory), quits school and falls in with a gang of three free-spirited girls. Hoping that her new life will bring her the freedom she craves, Marieme will encounter many highs and lows on the path to self-discovery.

Far From The Madding Crowd | Saturday 13th June | 7pm

Director Thomas Vinterberg brings us a stunning new film version of Thomas Hardy’s classic love story. The story of independent, beautiful and headstrong Bathsheba Everdene (Carey Mulligan), who attracts three very different suitors: Gabriel Oak (Matthias Schoenaerts), a sheep farmer, captivated by her fetching willfulness; Frank Troy (Tom Sturridge), a handsome and reckless Sergeant; and William Boldwood (Michael Sheen), a prosperous and mature bachelor. This timeless story of Bathsheba’s choices and passions explores the nature of relationships and love – as well as the human ability to overcome hardships through resilience and perseverance.

A Royal Night Out | Saturday 20th June | 7pm

V.E. Day, 1945. Across the world, people are celebrating the end of the war. Two teenage sisters are allowed out to join the party for the first time and have an amazing adventure. But these two sisters are Princesses Margaret and Elizabeth, the future queen of England. It is a night full of excitement, danger and the first flutters of romance. A Royal Night Out is based on true events and is directed by Julian Jarrold from a script penned by Trevor De Silva and Kevin Hood.

Mad Max: Fury Road | Saturday 27th June | 7pm

An apocalyptic story set in the furthest reaches of our planet in a stark desert landscape where almost everyone is crazed fighting for the necessities of life. Within this world are two rebels on the run who just might be able to restore order. There’s Max, a man of action and a man of few words, who seeks peace of mind following the loss of his wife and child in the aftermath of the chaos. And Furiosa, a woman of action and a woman who believes her path to survival may be achieved if she can make it across the desert back to her homeland.

No 6 Cinema
Photo by Paul Gonella

You Can Now Take Part in Creative Census Portsmouth

Every year, for the last five years, Strong Island has taken on a large creative project aiming to engage with people from all over the city of Portsmouth. We had the Strong Island Exhibition at the Round Tower, the PRIMARY photography project & exhibition, Creating Balance, Creative Cargo and for 2015 we’re running Creative Census.

The creative industries in the UK have grown dramatically in recent years, become a power house of economic growth and innovation in the national economy. As of January 2015 the Gross Value Added (GVA) to the UK economy for the creative industries has increased 25.8% since 2008, with the creative industries contributing £8.8 million to the UK economy every hour*. In recent years the creative sector in Portsmouth has grown dramatically and for the very first time we want to take a measure of the sector in the city.

The first Portsmouth Creative Census aims to measures the size, shape and make up of the creative industries workforce in the city. It also aims to identify emerging trends and question what are the resource needs and funding issues that could benefit the industry by helping it to grow and flourish in the future. The census aims to look at any individual, organisation and business who is either based in the city or works primarily in the city (check the Creative Census website full details on if you can qualify for the census). We need your help to leverage local, regional and national bodies to address your issues and build a stronger creative sector.

The census aims to engage with people working in different creative sectors such as Advertising, Marketing, Architecture, Crafts, Design (product, fashion and graphic), Film, TV, Video, Radio, Photography, IT & Software (including web design & application development), Publishing, Museums, Galleries, Libraries, Music, Performing & Visual Arts and more. If you work within these different strands of the creative industries, we really want to hear from you right now!

Creative Census Portsmouth 2015 in now LIVE, with the census open for contributions from now until August 2015. Once the census is closed we’ll collate all of the data and working with statisticians, experts in the sector and graphic designers we’ll produce a presentation with all of the information created by the census. We aim to release the presentation by December 2015.

To enter the census and find out much more about the project please visit:

Creative Census Portsmouth Now Open

* DCMS Creative Industries Economic Estimates – January 2015

University of Portsmouth Graduate Show 2015

A highlight of the creative calendar in the city each year is the University of Portsmouth Faculty for the Creative and Cultural Industries Graduate Show. Each year sees the Eldon Building changed up in to a giant gallery, with floors dedicated to Illustration, Photography, Fine Art, Architecture, Graphic Design, Game Design, Animation, Fashion & Textile Design, Film, Performing Arts and much more. The 2015 Graduate Show kicks off tomorrow (Friday 29th) at 5pm and will include some live performances by Peach and the New Beats and Batala Portsmouth drummers. If you can’t make it the show will be up for a week and you can also watch the Graduate Show and pre-show interviews broadcast live from CCI TV from midday – 8pm at CCI TV.

This year will be the second year we will give out our Strong Island Creative Graduates to Watch Awards, with awards going to graduates from Illustration, Graphic Design and Photography who we feel have bright futures ahead after studying in Portsmouth. As always we’ll be posting up a review of the show next week too.

To find out more about the show visit the link below, the Facebook event and also have a watch of the preview film for this year plus the summary film from 2014’s show too.

University of Portsmouth Graduate Show 2015

Strong Island Creative Graduates to Watch Awards 2015

Preview for 2015

Graduate Show 2014

Screening of True Romance at No 6 Cinema on 30th May

One of the great things about having two independent cinemas in the city (No. 6 Cinema in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and Portsmouth Film Society at the University of Portsmouth) is that not only do you have access to new independent films not screened by large multiplexes but you also get to see some classics on a big screen.

Written by Quentin Tarantino and directed by the late, great Tony Scott, True Romance (cert. 18) is a hip, hard-edged story of modern love – a fast-paced tale of romance surviving in a violent world. Shy, lonely comic book boffin Clarence meets Alabama, his dream girl, during a triple bill of old Kung Fu movies at a local cinema. After a whirlwind courtship, violence erupts and the couple find themselves on the run from both police and gangsters. Firmly rooted in pop culture, the film bears many of the hallmarks that Tarantino made his own in Reservoir Dogs – hip, stylised dialogue, outbursts of visceral violence and numerous cinematic references.

True Romance is screened at No. 6 Cinema on Saturday 30th May at 7pm with tickets available online HERE.

Screening of True Romance at No 6 Cinema on 30th May

Work Experience at Strong Island Media with Morgane Willer

Morgane Willer, an AS student from Chichester, recently spent a week working with us at Strong Island Media. We let Morgane do a Strong Island post about what she got up to:

During the week of the 7-10 March 2015, I went for my AS Level Work Experience to Strong Island Media in Southsea. In previous years I had worked for some media companies, but it was mainly admin/office work. I didn’t particularly learn any new skills or learn much about the media/film industry, which I would like to pursue as a career. Strong Island however, seemed to offer much more hands-on practical experience which would be much more beneficial for me and my portfolio for future employers and universities.

I worked on numerous projects. I began learning how to use the camera and all the professional equipment. This was very interesting as no one had shown me such professional camera gear before. We put all this knowledge in practice at the beach, where I took some pictures and filmed the sea and all its surroundings, leading me to edit this footage (for the first time!) on Final Cut Pro 7. Our next big project was with TUSC (Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition) for their 2015 General Election film. This too was very different to what I had ever done before as we filmed in the streets (of Portsmouth) surrounded by the general public. I worked mainly with camera and the boom mic and by the end of the day my arms were killing! But this was fun and was worth it as I experienced what it was like to film on set, taking numerous shots, repeating shoots and directing some of the cast.

On the last day of my time with the team at Strong Island, I edited the cutaways that would be used for the TUSC film into a sequence of my own. As well as this, I learnt how to edit on Photoshop the images that I took at the beach. All in all, I made two short films and edited some pictures, which are valuable for my portfolio for future references. I learnt vital skills for the industry and I appreciate all their time and effort, thank you very much for that lovely week.

– Morgane Willer

You can see Morgane’s beach edit below plus the final TUSC film used int he run up to the election.

Work Experience at Strong Island Media with Morgane Willer (1)

Work Experience at Strong Island Media with Morgane Willer (2)

Work Experience at Strong Island Media with Morgane Willer (3)

Portsmouth Film Society Screen The Face of an Angel by Michael Winterbottom

Inspired by the murder of British student Meredith Kercher in Italy, The Face of an Angel (cert. 15) explores both the media and the public’s obsession with violent stories, fictional and real. Thomas Lang is a film director who is offered the chance to adapt a book by American journalist Simone Ford, which recounts the controversial trial of American student Jessica Fuller for the murder of her flatmate Elizabeth Pryce. To help with his research, Simone takes Thomas to Siena, where he is disturbed by the media frenzy that has developed around the case. The film is directed by the incredible Michael Winterbottom and stars Daniel Brühl, Kate Beckinsale and Cara Delevingne.

The screening by Portsmouth Film Society is at 7pm on the 28th May at the Eldon Building in the University of Portsmouth. You can by tickets in advance online HERE.

Portsmouth Film Society Screen The Face of an Angel by Michael Winterbottom

Watch Student Film from Underwater Filming Unit at University of Portsmouth

You’ll probably know the name Triton Scuba, they are located on Highland Road in Southsea with a scuba gear store, put on diving trips & diver training and they often set up a diving pool at local events for people to try out diving for the first time. Maybe a little less known is that David Jones at Triton Scuba is one hell of an underwater cameraman and photographer. With years of work diving with a camera for magazines and for TV programmes all over the world, you could well have seen some of his submersed imagery along the line.

Back in 2013 we worked with David and Triton on the Creating Balance project, where as part of a larger project with Anglepoise and the University of Portsmouth we placed a lamp in Southsea Marina for a few months. Working with David and his team made the underwater lamp possible, you can see the film about the underwater Anglepoise lamp HERE). Soon after David was approached by the University of Portsmouth to teach a unit entitled Underwater Filming and Media, a subject very few universities cover.

Recently David shared a film from one of his students, showing what work they get up to on this innovative and creative course unit. Danielle Wiltshire for her course produced a short promo film for Vobster Quay inland diving centre. Fantastic to see the quality of work coming out of this course and to see the University, working with local creatives, breaking new ground (or waves?) with innovative teaching subjects.

Check the photos below from a recent course trip and the Danielle’s film.

Underwater Filming Unit at University of Portsmouth

Underwater Filming Unit at University of Portsmouth

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Ben Schroeder Skating Southsea

Back in the 80s and early 90s Southsea would regularly be on the list of skateparks visited by American skaters as they toured the UK and Europe. Sometime around 1990ish the pool was built to replace the old reservoir at the end of the slalom and not long after American pro skater Ben Schroeder came through and (figuratively) destroyed the new bowl and the halfpipe, so much so that his frontside ollie transfer out of the bowl, over the platform and landing in the steep bank is legendary.

To cut a long story short Ben got in contact recently with some footage from the day. I’m going to go through the old skate magazine archives and hunt around for photos but for now, here is that footage. To find out more about Ben check out his Juice Magazine interview.

Local Photographer – Harvey Mills

Okay, so it’s not quite on the Island, but hey, when the content is this good we can forget about the extra few miles. Harvey Mills shoots Murray Cross chomping the Langstone 13 set on the Havant roundabout with ease. Perfect timing and composition from Harvey.

Check out Harvey’s webiste and also his Flickr. Below are photos of Charles and Southsesa’s buttery own Bored teamrider Adam Keys.

Hitler’s reaction to The Registry closing down.

This is just classic. I’ve seen a few others before. I think I saw one about accidentally using Arial instead of Helvetica, funny stuff. This one however is just hilarious, if you know the Portsmouth pub scene. More so if you’ve ever ben a student.

Vintage Photography – Sunny Southsea

Following on again from the photos of the Seafront and the Paddling Pool after The Bandstand and Tennis Courts the previous week, here’s another scan from Khalid.

The Pavilion on Clarence Pier looks amazing. No more donkey rides though. Shame.

Bike Ride Panoramics

We will have loads of photos and stories from Sunday’s hugely successful Strong Island Bike Ride and to get started we have some huge panoramics taken by George Crick. Sadly we can only show some of the small versions here that do not do them justice so be sure to visit George’s website to see the all of the photos in full size, and spot yourselves in there!

George’s panoramics will be available to buy in Wallspace Gallery in Albert Road from Saturday for a bargain price of just £35.

New Book – Portsmouth from Family Archives

A new book called ‘Portsmouth from Family Archives’ has just been published. Brothers Jonathan and Matthew Ring started developing the book last summer. All the photographs included in the book were from their grandparents. They spent a great deal of time compiling, scanning and restoring slides and film from 1950s to 2006, including behind the scenes filming in Portsmouth.

The 100-page book is available online at Amazon. Bonzo Studio and Southsea Gallery on Albert Road, Southsea are currently selling it, and they hope other shops will sell it too. They are also planning to do the summer market at the Square Tower, Old Portsmouth.

“It’s been great fun, and such hard work keeping it a secret from everyone! We hope everyone enjoys the book and the photos inside it as much as we did.”

Photos below – A photo of Jonathan Ring, their Grandmother and Matthew Ring; unveiling the book to their grandparents; book cover and the slides.

Facebook group can be found here:

Sneak Peek - Showing the Grandparents the Portsmouth Book

Slides - Portsmouth Book (Coming Soon)

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.

Ash Cloud

I took these photos the other week when the ash cloud was at it’s worst, there are more over at Forever Circling. if you have any photos online taken around the island effected by the ash cloud please pop a link in the comments and we’ll post some up later this week.

Created Local – Marc B.B

Local Light Artist & Photographer Marc B.B sent over these incredible light images taken around Portsmouth. Specialising in Night Photography, Light Painting, Long Exposures and so on Marcs pictures are created at a time when most people would be packing away their cameras and heading home. Portsmouth has a strong creative vibe, especially in the photography realm and being part of a group called ‘Portsmouth At Night’, Marc regularly meets up with like minded folk to go on weekly excursions in and around the city to photograph it, in the dark.

“Whilst some may find it a little bizarre, i think the images speak for themselves. Turning everyday objects, landmarks, even benches into works of art of their own is both exciting and a challenge. Some of my best work has been in collaberation with others and being able to pool resources and ideas has always been invaluable to me. I am always striving to find parts of the city that can be shown in a ‘good light’ as Portsmouth is such a great place to live.”

Be sure to check out Marcs website for amazing photos, and if this style night photography interests you head over to Portsmouth at Night at They meet up as a group every week somewhere in Portsmouth and simply take advantage of the night. Everyone is welcome to join, at all levels of competency. Night, night.

Old Southsea Skate Photos

Check the Skate Library for the first of a growing list of old Southsea photos including this one of Lance Mountain grinding the Law Courts back in 1988 (photo by Tim Leighton-Boyce).

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