Iconic movies at Making Waves Film Festival in Portsmouth

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ICONIC films and innovative pieces by young documentary makers will form part of Portsmouth’s own international film festival.

Last night Kate O’Driscoll proudly unveiled the line-up of work to be shown in weird and wonderful venues for the Making Waves Film Festival.

The launch of 'Making Waves' Film Festival was held at The Kings Theatre in Southsea last evening ''(left to right) Kieron Butle, Compere and Film Maker, with Film Producer and Artistic Director Kate O'Driscoll

The launch of 'Making Waves' Film Festival was held at The Kings Theatre in Southsea last evening ''(left to right) Kieron Butle, Compere and Film Maker, with Film Producer and Artistic Director Kate O'Driscoll

It has garnered international attention with entries for the short film competition coming from as far away as Iran and Afghanistan.

One of the highlights will be a screening of the epic German war film Das Boot in the cramped confines of the submarine HMS Alliance.

The Portsmouth Ukelele Orchestra will perform at The Cellars which will show the 1940 George Formby hit, Let George Do It.

Even the Lakeside offices of The News will have a screening of Ace in the Hole – a film noir starring Kirk Douglas as a cynical, disgraced reporter.

Kate, a filmmaker, is the artistic director of the festival which takes place in September.

She is working alongside David Cooper, the chief executive of the Kings Theatre.

She said: ‘We are both old movie fans and we really felt that Portsmouth has so many amazing venues that we wanted to have a film festival that took films out of the traditional settings to give people the opportunity to experience them in a different way.’

The launch of the festival at the Kings Theatre last night was an attempt to set the benchmark for entries to the competition with short films and documentaries followed by discussions with the directors.

Submissions are being taken now and the opening night is at the Fat Fox.

The awards ceremony at Portsmouth Guildhall will round off the festival. There are many other events.

In collaboration with No 6 Cinema film critic Mark Kermode will be giving at talk at the Boathouse at the Historic Dockyard.

And Tango Tea will host an installation by a video artist.

Head hairdressers, opposite The Kings Theatre, is holding a private screening of Withnail and I after polling customers about which film they would like to see.

Schools will also be putting together films to be shown on HMS Warrior.

Go to the website makingwavesfilmfestival.co.uk for more.