Old footage of Portsmouth to be screened in the city

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OLD film footage of Portsmouth is to be shown at a special screening.

Portsmouth Film Society will show an hour-long programme called Pompey’s Past, which was produced by the BBC in partnership with the Wessex Film and Sound Archive.

The special screening will display some of the city’s most historic moments, including George VI’s coronation visit as recorded by Portsmouth Cine Club.

This 15-minute documentary features many old images of the city, seaside, marine heritage and the old railway line, and was directed by one of the key figures of the pre-war documentary film movement, Paul Rotha.

The event will also screen a rare documentary, The Way to the Sea, shot in 1939 and introduced by Portsmouth historian Dr Dave Allen.

And there will be a talk from local artist Jez Stevens at the event about his project, No Diving, which uses archival footage from local amateur filmmakers taken at the Hilsea Lido.

The screening takes place at the Omega Centre, in Omega Road, on Wednesday November 16, at 6pm.

Entry is £2 or free for full PFS members. Email info@portsmouthfilmsociety.org.uk