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Cinematography Workshop

Saturday 8 September
A one day Cinematography Workshop with Jake Hawkins
Everything you need to know to help develop your cinematography
“…a great experience delivered by a highly professional and
approachable cinematographer.”
Feedback from participant in Jake’s Film Nation: Shorts Cinematography
workshop which took place in Southampton Film Week 2011

2nd September 2012

Creative Skillset Employment Census – Take Part

Here at Creative Skillset, we are now conducting our eighth Employment Census.

Creative Skillset, supported by Wessex Media are asking tens of thousands of
companies to take part in an industry-wide census: Do you want to be one of them?
Help us make sure that the our industry has the information it needs to thrive in
the global market.
By completing the census you will be directly influencing how Creative Skillset uses
and levers funds to ensure we have a highly skilled, world class workforce.
It is more important than ever that you take part – in this challenging economic
climate our industry needs to be armed with as much information as possible to
ensure that work responds to the changing needs of the sector.

As many employers as possible are being urged to fill in a questionnaire on census
day – Wednesday, July 4th – or as close as possible to that date.
You can complete the census online at www.creativeskillset.org/census. Remember if
you don’t take part you can’t be counted.

For further information please contact Anna Chourdaki
annac@creativeskillset.org 020 7713 9820

3rd July 2012

Documentary Doctor Comes to Southampton

Author of Trailer Mechanics comes to Southampton Guildhall on 21st June June, 2012 – Strawberry Lantern Events CIC is hosting a seminar, Packaging Your Documentary for Fundraising and Financing, where Academy Award Nominee Fernanda Rossi will be speaking about how to make your documentary more appealing to potential investors. Pitch, synopsis and taster! They can be a money-making trio for your documentary film or the cause of every rejection letter you’ll ever get. This will cover how to best represent your project verbally, in writing and with audiovisual material with clear point by point explanations and analysis of before/after samples.Her book will be available for purchasing at a discount and signing.

Internationally renowned speaker and story consultant Fernanda Rossi has doctored more than 300 fiction scripts, fundraising samples and documentaries, including two nominated for the Academy Award® and many that received funds from ITVS in the U.S. and NFB in Canada. She has given her lectures in more than 12 countries for more than 40 film organizations and at all major world markets and conferences, including Hot Docs, Sheffield Doc/Fest and Sunny Side of the Doc. In addition, she’s a much sought-after trainer for special programs such Doc Campus and grant evaluator for foundations. Her columns and articles have been published in trade publications and her book Trailer Mechanics: How to Make Your Documentary SUPPORTED BY Fundraising Demo, 2nd Edition, March 2012, is according to industry professionals the bible on demo production.

Fernanda Rossi will be Southampton Guildhall Lecture Theatre on the 21st June and then on the 25th June, in Bristol following on from speaking at the internationally renowned Sheffield Doc/Fest. Refreshments will be provided at both venues. Doors open at 3pm. Tickets are available online: http://documentarydoctor.eventbrite.com or for more information please visit www.strawberrylantern.co.uk/event

1st June 2012

Green Film Festival to be launched on Thursday 17th May

On Thursday 17 May, Portsmouth Film Society launches its first Green
Film Festival in partnership with Portsmouth Climate Action Network,
bringing a range of speakers and films to the city to promote and
engage with some of the important issues facing the world today.

The film festival opens with the documentary Just Do It, by director
Emily James, about young climate activists who challenge the law when
protesting environmental issues. Emily James will be a guest of the
festival. The film will start at 6pm , and entry is free.

Emily will then join a special panel discussion following her film.
The subject of the panel will be “Can We Really Change the World”.
Audiences are encouraged to come and take part in a no doubt lively
debate. The panel starts at 7:30pm.

Panel guests:
The panel will be chaired by Owen Devine of the Portsmouth Climate
Action Network, he will also be joined by

Richard Lanchester Brighton climate activist who has been involved
with Climate Camp and the Anti-fracking campaign,
Chris Kennett, Portsmouth Summer Fair Organiser, and Trustee of Eco
Health Festival and Eco Community Project
Mark Stevenson, an adviser to family offices on asset allocation and
is currently co-founding a new research and investment vehicle
(Primary Energy Research).
Emily James, director of ‘Just Do It: A Tale of Modern-Day Outlaws’

Another important speaker will be award winning writer Mark Lynas who
will introduce the film The Island President, which Mark contributed
to, about President Mohamed Nasheed, the first democratically elected
leader of the Maldives, an island archipelago whose very existence is
threatened by the effects of climate change. Mark has written
extensively about environmental issues and has often taken up
positions that have sometimes made him a controversial figure in the
green movement. His book Six Degrees was long-listed for the Orwell
Prize in 2008, and won the prestigious Royal Society Prize for Science
Books the same year. He was an adviser to President Nasheed, who was
deposed in February by a military Coup. Mark Lynas will talk about
some of the issues raised in the film and about events in the Maldives
that have taken place since the film was completed.

Mark Lynas introduces The Island President at 8:30pm.

Single ticket costs £5 and online ticket service available.

Portsmouth Film Society chairperson Aysegul Epengin said, “We hope
that the Green Film Festival will become an annual event bringing
important films on environmental themes to the city, to get audiences
involved with the issues and engaged with the debates.”

Portsmouth Film Society started in 2010 with a mission to bring the
best in international art cinema and independent film to Portsmouth
through regular screenings. In 2011 the society was honoured with a
number of awards and commendations at the National Film Society Award
from the British Federation of Film Societies, including winning the
Community Award. The Green Film Festival is their first film festival
and runs till Saturday 19 May, including a day of events at Victoria
Park as part of the Summer Fair.

For more information visit


6th May 2012




As part of this year’s Dickens bicentenary celebrations, Portsmouth Film Society in partnership with the University of Portsmouth’s Centre for Studies in Literature, is proud to present three classic British screen adaptations of the novelist’s finest works.  Douglas McGrath’s acclaimed interpretation of Nicholas Nickleby emerged in 2002 from under the shadow of Trevor Nunn’s RSC tour de force broadcast in the early days of Channel 4. A Nickleby for modern times, this Golden Globe nominee features an all-star British cast including Jamie Bell (Billy Elliot), Jim Broadbent, Tom Courtenay, Alan Cumming, Edward Fox, Christopher Plummer, Timothy Spall and Juliet Stevenson. Nicholas Nickleby will open the Dickens season on 2 May, with differing perspectives on the adaptation offered by Dr Chris Pittard of the University’s Centre for Studies in Literature, and film historian Dr Justin Smith.

The second film in this bicentennial celebration stars British matinee idol Dirk Bogarde alongside Dorothy Tutin in Dickens’ romance of the French Revolution, A Tale of Two Cities.  Directed for Rank by Ralph Thomas in 1958, the story of political corruption, social upheaval and Anglo-French passion found a new contemporary resonance in a Britain on the cusp of the 1960s.  This presentation is introduced by Dr Patricia Pulham of the University’s Centre for Studies In Literature.

The final offering in the trio is an all-time classic.  In the late 1940s acclaimed British director David Lean made two adaptations of Dickens novels. In 1948 he transformed Oliver Twist into a taut, brutal black-market thriller, while Great Expectations, with bravura performances by John Mills and Alec Guinness, became a supernatural tale of intrigue, loss and remorse. Guy Green’s atmospheric black and white cinematography won an Oscar at the 1948 Academy Awards.  Dr Justin Smith commented: “This is not simply one of the best adaptations of a Dickens novel, it is one of the highpoints of British cinema.  Not to be missed!”  This screening will be introduced by Sue Harper, Emeritus Professor of Film History at the University of Portsmouth.

Aysegul Epengin, Chair of Portsmouth Film Society said: “We are delighted to be working with the University and No. 6 Cinema in celebrating the finest of Dickens on British film”.  All three Dickens films are screening at No. 6 Cinema, Portsmouth Dockyard, at 7.30. Admission £5 or £10 for all three special offer!  You can buy tickets online on the link http://www.portsmouthfilmsociety.org.uk/

27th April 2012