On Wednesday 16th November Portsmouth Film Society have two great screenings:
6pm: The special BBC REEL HISTORY event.
Join PFS at the Omega Centre for a look back at Portsmouth and Southsea’s history on the big screen including George VI’s coronation visit as recorded by Portsmouth Cine Club, a rare documentary The Way to the Sea (1936) introduced by Portsmouth historian Dr. Dave Allen, and a talk from local artist Jez Stevens whose project “No Diving” uses archival footage from local amateur filmmakers taken at the Hilsea Lido.
“The Way to the Sea”, made by Strand Films in 1936, was produced by one of the key figures of the pre-war documentary film movement, Paul Rotha (1907-1984). This fifteen-minute documentary features some fine photo-montage of the city and seaside, poetic commentary by W. H. Auden, and a musical score by Benjamin Britten.
Entry is £2
8pm: ORANGES AND SUNSHINE.
Starring Emily Watson and Hugo Weaving, it tells the story of one of the most significant social scandals in recent times: the organised deportation of children in care from the United Kingdom to Australia. Almost single-handedly, against overwhelming odds and with little regard for her own well-being, social worker Margaret Humphreys reunited thousands of families, brought authorities to account and worldwide attention to an extraordinary miscarriage of justice. The film is the debut of director Jim Loach.
Entry is £5