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083929-8228_DRIVE_IN_(EB) MRW 27/9/2008 ''// all pix taken on Southsea Common on Saturday night the 27th september 2008 at 'The Drive-In Movie to launch Portsmouth Film Festival 2008 - MRW // '// WARNING TO CHIEF SUB: beware which images are used TOO big due to break up of picture quality - MRW // ''EVEN RETRO VW CAMPER VANS CAME OUT OF STORAGE ! - ''PICTURE: MALCOLM WELLS (083929-8228)

083929-8228_DRIVE_IN_(EB) MRW 27/9/2008 ''// all pix taken on Southsea Common on Saturday night the 27th september 2008 at 'The Drive-In Movie to launch Portsmouth Film Festival 2008 - MRW // '// WARNING TO CHIEF SUB: beware which images are used TOO big due to break up of picture quality - MRW // ''EVEN RETRO VW CAMPER VANS CAME OUT OF STORAGE ! - ''PICTURE: MALCOLM WELLS (083929-8228)

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THE giant drive-in movie screen is returning to Southsea Common and Portsmouth Film Festival organisers are calling on readers of The News to choose which film is screened.

The theme at this year’s film festival, from September 23 to 25, will be literary adaptations.

From classic movies such as Gone With The Wind, Jaws, and The Godfather, to modern blockbusters like Harry Potter, Twilight and Green Lantern, book-to-film adaptations are Hollywood’s bread and butter.

They are as old as cinema itself (the first being Alice In Wonderland in 1903).

And in the list of highest-ever grossing films, more than half are adaptations.

Of course, the city has an impressive literary pedigree. So, perhaps films like 2009’s Sherlock Holmes or A Christmas Carol will feature in your suggestions, being based on books by famous Portsmouth residents Arthur Conan Doyle and Charles Dickens.

The film that is eventually chosen, after a second round of voting later this summer, will be screened at the drive-in on the common in September, when hundreds are expected to attend.

If seeing your choice on the big screen wasn’t a big enough incentive, festival organisers are also offering a fantastic prize.

Everyone who suggests a film for the drive-in will automatically be entered into a competition for a tickets to see a show at the Kings Theatre. Two winners will receive a pair of tickets to see The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (a literary adaptation itself) at the theatre on Wednesday.

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