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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.

Kassassin Street – Centre Straight Atom Video

Portsmouth band Kassassin Street recently dropped the official video for their song Centre Straight Atom, a crowd favourite of their live sets. The video is by local visual artist Jez Stevens who has previously worked on many awesome projection and video projects in and around the city.

You can download the song via iTunes HERE and see the band live just before Christmas at The Cellars on the 19th of December, if you were lucky enought to grab the tickets as the show is now sold out!

Kassassin Street by Jon Neil
Kassassin Street in the Round Tower, photo by Jon Neil.

Twelve Days Of Christmas Competition – Day Two

Between the 1st and 12th Dec I will be asking a question each day relating to the prize on offer. At the end of the twelve days you are invited to submit your answers to stuart@strong-island.co.uk. One lucky winner will win the whole package for themselves, just in time for Christmas!

Today we are featuring the No. 6 Cinema in Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard. The team being No. 6 have offered free two tickets to see a movie there.

You can find out more about No. 6 Cinema at www.no6cinema.co.uk or on their Facebook and Twitter @No6Cinema.

Q) What Disney movie are they showing over the Christmas period and why is this showing different to normal?

To find out the previous questions click HERE.

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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

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CHAOS – 20 years & out!

20 years!!!! That has to go in the books as Southsea longest running night? Give or take, most people you bump in to have been to a least one Chaos night, and most spent a grimy late one down the pier dancing like idiots and spilling Newcastle Brown all over the place. I’ve a lot of fond memories of the earlier days at Chaos, mostly after skating and sitting in the pub saying I’m not going. Not this week. Then 8 pints later jumping in a taxi…

If you have any stories or cool photos from Chaos we’d love to see them. Or even some of the old flyers. There have been some pretty interesting designs over the years. I’ll always remember the photo flyer of the kid on the dance floor with a girl and his ‘wandering hands’.

Jay Dunstan got in contact and had this to say:

“To coincide with our 20th Birthday on Saturday 26th November – we’re announcing that this will be the last ever “Chaos”.

Starting in 1991 at South Parade Pier, moving to the Wedgewood rooms in 2008 – we’ve been crowned the South Coasts longest running Independent Club night, winning The Guide Awards “Best club night”, “Best DJs” (x 2) and the promoters Ped & Jay being awarded a special award for contribution to the Portsmouth Music Scene. Chaos has provided Dj’s and club nights at Guilfest, Southsea Fest & Isle of Wight Festivals.

Having been a constant in our lives and the Portsmouth clubbing & music scene for 2 decades – Its been a very tough decision to stop the regular club night. But we feel that now is the best time to unplug the speakers for the last time.

Chaos was always quite literally about being ‘alternative’ – alternative in music policy, but also offering an alternative to the traditional and mainstream clubs. Our ethos was always simple – play music we liked, to people to we liked & do it prime time on a Saturday night 52 weeks a year!

Our feeling is that the current scene is very different now and although still loving every element of the gigs, festivals and guitars – a regular club night offering everything we did, now isn’t whats required. Clubbers will always want an alternative, but the music scene is now so split and venues, pubs & clubs are all competing for survival – we felt it was a good opportunity to step back, take a deep breath & raise a glass to rock n roll!

We want to thank everyone who has contributed to the success of Chaos over the last 20 years – venue managers, bar staff & door stewards – sound & light technicians – – street teams – performers & bands and of course the roll call of DJ’s past & present that have provided the soundtrack to so, so, so many silly, drunken and above all fun Saturday nights.

Hey ho, lets go!”

The 20th Birthday & Last EVER Chaos – Saturday 26th November 2011

Flyer: Chaos Flickr

Created Local – Cat Vaughan

Cat from the Inksquatch collective has some of her prints available for purchase in The Southsea Gallery on Albert Road. They should be in and ready for sale this weekend, 3rd July. Some nice little illustrations as always. Go and grab a local bargain.






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: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Portsmouth-From-Family-Archives/164827033632175

Sneak Peek - Showing the Grandparents the Portsmouth Book

Slides - Portsmouth Book (Coming Soon)

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…

Photography : Tristan

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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