‘Pop-up’ cinema aims to inspire generation of fans

CLASSIC Casablanca
CLASSIC Casablanca
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A POP-UP cinema will arrive in Portsmouth later this month, with the aim of attracting people of all ages to appreciate films.

The Portsmouth Film Society will bring community cinema to the city with the Pop-up Mobile Community Cinema Project, which is being supported by Portsmouth City Council, Creative England and the National Lottery.

The Portsmouth Film Society has been promoting alternative film culture from Southsea’s Omega Centre, where members enjoy film screenings including classics, world cinema, children’s programmes and local heritage films. But the pop-up project will see the Film Society taking cinema to a range of other community venues. Films set to be screened locally include Dark Horse, Mr Poppers Penguins and the classic Hollywood romance Casablanca.

Dr Justin Smith, PFS Chairman and University of Portsmouth lecturer said: ‘We hope that the legacy of this project will be establishing community cinema in areas of Portsmouth where access to alternative kinds of film experience is currently non-existent.

‘Our aims are not simply to improve public access to film, and to broaden public awareness of different kinds of film experience,’ he said.

‘We also actively foster debate and discussion around issues raised by film and see cinema, in partnership with other organisations, as an important form of community development.’

And he added that he wants to inspire a younger generation to appreciate films and to even become filmmakers.

‘We aim to attract people of all ages, from diverse backgrounds, in order for them to develop a greater appreciation of film, to meet with local residents and local filmmakers, to inspire future generations to be creative and learn from films, and to improve awareness of other cultures.

‘We hope with this project PFS will provide a gateway to education and empathy in the service of better community relations.’

The first screening will be on Saturday, January 19 at 2pm at Fratton Community Centre. Visit portsmouthfilmsociety.org.uk for more information.