Portsmouth’s history is coming to the big screen

James Taylor at his desk in his office at 116 High Street, Old Portsmouth.

Those halcyon days when pen and paper just worked!

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ARCHIVE film footage of Portsmouth and a 1930s documentary will be shown by Portsmouth Film Society.

The organisation will show a montage of BBC reel footage of the city’s history and the 1936 documentary The Way to the Sea, which is about the London to Portsmouth railway line and has a soundtrack composed by Benjamin Britten and narration by WH Auden.

It is being screened tonight at 6pm, in the Omega Centre, Omega Street, Somers Town,

The event begins with a talk by Dr Dave Allen, and there will be nibbles between the screenings. A discussion will be held afterwards.

There will also be a showing of The Tempest afterwards in the same venue. This is the 2010 film starring Helen Mirren. For tickets call (023) 9229 1346 or see portsmouthfilmsociety.org.uk