Festival screens films in a series of unusual locations

A still from HMS.33 Destination Gallipoli ''HMS M.33 Destination Gallipoli which is being premiered on the 25th September on board HMS M33 as part of Making Waves film festival
A still from HMS.33 Destination Gallipoli ''HMS M.33 Destination Gallipoli which is being premiered on the 25th September on board HMS M33 as part of Making Waves film festival
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There is no better feeling than experiencing the world of cinema on the big screen – but what if that also happens to be on a First World War navy ship?

As part of this year’s Making Waves Film Festival, movie-lovers will be able to enjoy films from around the globe in a series of unconventional venues.

The week-long event being organised by the Kings Theatre, in partnership with Trash Arts, will see classic and international films screened at the theatre but also a series of unusual settings.

These include a barber shop, model shop, a Cold War submarine, HMS Alliance and HMS M33, the only surviving Royal Navy ship from the First World War’s Gallipoli campaign.

Part of the festival, which runs from September 20-27 and is supported by The News, will be the celebration of up­-and­-coming film-makers with its international short-film showcase.

Kings chief executive David Cooper said: ‘Movies have been submitted from Italy, France, Canada and, of course, Portsmouth. We have had so many submissions for this year’s short-film showcase, it’s been incredible.’

‘We have links to film festivals in Italy and Canada who send us their best films, and in turn we will send some of our best films to them.

‘It is a great opportunity to showcase some of the talent this city has and to retain these talents.’

Mr Cooper is proud of the theatre’s international ties and is excited by the prospect of screening a Turkish film, documenting the disastrous Gallipoli campaign on HMS M33.

The theatre will also use the festival as a platform to premier its own short film.

Last month, the Kings put together a short film using Portsmouth as its backdrop to promote this year’s pantomime, Cinderella.

Corporate manager at the Kings, Sandra Smith said: ‘We wanted to use the film as a great way to put all the great attractions Portsmouth has to offer in one place.

‘The festival is not all about us but rather the city as a collective.’

The festival opens on September 20, before closing with its showpiece of the silent film The General, accompanied by a live musical score, on September 27.

For full film listings and tickets visit makingwavesfilmfestival.co.uk

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