Southsea student puts Albert Road on map

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A MEDIA student is flying the flag for Portsmouth with the city’s only entry for a nationwide short film competition about ‘your street’.

Kimberley Barber’s ‘I love Albert Road’ is an affectionate portrayal of the cosmopolitan Southsea street through the eyes of a diverse range of people who frequent and work in it.

The 28-year-old, who is in her final year at Highbury College, hopes it will be selected by a panel of film industry experts for this year’s MyStreet competition.

She said: ‘I was inspired to make the film last year as a sort of tribute after Love Albert Road Day was cancelled.

‘It’s such a wonderful, unique road, filled with interesting characters and I really hope the judges enjoy my short film.

‘When I moved to Portsmouth five years ago I got a job in the One Eyed Dog and spent a lot of time in Albert Road. It was where I met and made many friends, so it is very special to me.

‘But I’m not the only one. A lady from Australia left a comment on YouTube where I’ve uploaded my film saying how much she missed it!’

Kimberley, of Bramble Road, Southsea, will have to wait until the application deadline of May 26 to find out if she is in line to claim the £3,000 first prize.

All shortlisted films will be showcased at the Open City London Documentary Festival from June 16 to l9.

To see Kimberley’s film visit mystreetfilms.com/content/i-love-albert-road.