Portsmouth’s new film festival launches

FESTIVAL Hannah Morton, and Michela Franzoi from the Making Waves Film Festival. Picture: Steve Reid (132444-914)
FESTIVAL Hannah Morton, and Michela Franzoi from the Making Waves Film Festival. Picture: Steve Reid (132444-914)
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ASPIRING Portsmouth film makers’ work and cult classics will be screened in unusual spots across the city at the first Making Waves Film Festival this weekend.

The newly-launched festival will see established classics meet local talents’ work.

The Royal Navy Submarine Museum in Gosport, Head Hairdressing in Southsea and Portsmouth Guildhall are among the venues taking part in the festival, which launches tomorrow.

David Cooper of The Kings Theatre in Southsea is part of the collective which formed in January to put the four-day event together.

‘The idea really is to put films in unusual locations and also engage young film makers,’ he said.

‘We had the first event at the Hilsea Lido on Sunday where we screened the BBC documentary, Modern Times at Hilsea Lido.’

The festival, which is the first the organisers have put on, will see Cold War film Crimson Tide screened inside HMS Alliance on Friday.

David said: ‘It is something a little bit unusual. We were wanting to do something, like with the lido, where you put the film in an appropriate place.

‘It is going to be set up as a crew would see a film while they are on board. The room will fit around 15 people.’

On Sunday, Mamma Mia! will be shown on the big screen in Guildhall Square. Members of the public are asked to dress up for the special, free event, with prizes going to the best costumes.

Independent films from French and Italian film clubs will also be on show on Sunday at Portsmouth Guildhall.

Kate O’Driscoll, artistic director of the festival, said: ‘We are looking forward to a great long weekend of film experiences.’

WHAT’S ON

Tickets are charged for unless stated otherwise.

Thursday

· On The Waterfront, No.6 Cinema, 7pm.

· Searching for Sugar Man, Wedgewood Rooms, 7pm.

· Star Wars Murder Mystery Featuring Star Wars Short, Groundlings Theatre, 8pm.

Friday

· Crimson Tide, Royal Navy Submarine Museum, 6pm.

· Frances Ha, No.6 Cinema, 7pm.

· Secrets of the Tribe, Portsmouth Guildhall, 7pm.

· Shakespeare in Love, Groundlings Theatre, 7.30pm.

Saturday

· Dinner for One, The Cellar at Eastney, noon.

· Elysium, No.6 Cinema, 7pm.

· Secret Blitz Party and Movie Night: Casablanca, Groundlings Theatre, 5.30pm. Buffet and live music included.

Sunday

· Mamma Mia! Guildhall Square, 3pm, free.

· Percy Jackson Sea of Monsters, No.6 Cinema, 3.30pm.

· International Films, Portsmouth Guildhall, 6.30pm.

· Back to the Future, Groundlings Theatre, 7pm, free.