Film festival to screen work by local directors

A still from the short movie Dancing in the Ashes
A still from the short movie Dancing in the Ashes
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A FILM festival is to be launched with a series of screenings tomorrow night.

Making Waves has been set up by film enthusiasts in Portsmouth.

To launch the new event, which will take place in September, an evening is being held tomorrow at The Kings Theatre, in Albert Road.

It will showcase short films by local directors.

New Wave will show five movies including comedy horror The Marrowing written by Hayley Smith and Rob Jones and Losing Sight of the Glory, a documentary about the Battle of Waterloo by Glenn Lewis Smith.

All the films are award-winners with four triumphing at the Royal Television Society’s Student Television Awards and one being The News Guide awards short film winner.

Other films set to be shown include short animation, The Honey Pot, drama Dancing in the Ashes and A Hero’s Journey.

The festival’s artistic director Kate O’Driscoll said: ‘This will be a fantastic opportunity for anyone interested in film to find out where new filmmakers are getting their inspiration and who their influences are.’

The New Wave evening will be hosted by filmmaker John Rogers who has made a variety of documentaries and films.

David Cooper, the chief executive of The Kings, is looking forward to the launch evening and the festival itself.

He said: ‘The New Wave evening should be fantastic.

‘We have planned it in association with Portsmouth Festivities and it will hopefully raise awareness for our bigger film festival.’

David added: ‘This whole film festival is about getting people filming different things in unusual places.

‘We have got quite a few venues joined up already.

‘These include The Eastney Cellars, the Wedgewood Rooms, HMS Alliance, Hilsea Lido and we are even hoping for a laundrette to send us in something.

‘We wanted to choose different venues to attract different people and the New Wave should hopefully display the variety of the festival.’

Tickets for tomorrow’s New Wave opening evening start at £1.50 and can be bought from kings-southsea.com or by calling (023) 9282 8282