In partnership with Making Waves Film Festival, we are delighted to bring you two special live event screenings of innovative films shot on location in our region. Both screenings will be introduced with a live Q&A with the writer directors and hosted by the University of Portsmouth’s Professor Deborah Shaw. Don’t miss our local talking point events. Book today!
Carmilla cert 15, (2019)
Thursday 16 September 7pm
with Q&A with Carmilla writer and director Emily Harris. Hosted by Professor Deborah Shaw, Film and Screen Studies at the University of Portsmouth,
"Beautifully filmed brooding gothic story” “haunting masterpiece” IMDB user reviews
An atmospheric, coming-of-age love story steeped in eerie mystery; a reimagining of Sheridan La Fanu’s 19th century novella of the same name.
15-year-old Lara (Hannah Rae) lives with her father (Greg Wise) and her strict governess, Miss Fontaine (Jessica Raine), in total isolation and is struggling to find an outlet for her curiosity and burgeoning sexuality. When a carriage crash nearby brings a young girl into the family home to recuperate, Lara is enchanted by the eponymous Carmilla (Devrim Lingnau).
Carmilla is the solo directorial debut of writer-director Emily Harris whose credits include a ground-breaking retrospective of David Bowie for the V&A. The film stars newcomers Hannah Rae and Devrim Lingnau alongside Jessica Raine (Call the Midwife), Tobias Menzies (The Crown) and Greg Wise (The Crown).
Filmed in Sussex.
Real cert 15, (2019)
Friday 24 September 7pm
with Q&A with Real writer and director Aki Omoshaybi (tbc). Hosted by Professor Deborah Shaw, Film and Screen Studies at the University of Portsmouth,
“Refreshing, funny and moving” “Relevant. A brilliant directorial debut.” IMDB user reviews
In inner-city Portsmouth, an unremarkable newsagent sits between a courthouse and a business centre. It’s here that sparks fly between well-dressed Kyle (Aki Omoshaybi) and equally poised Jamie (Pippa Bennett-Warner). Yet despite their outward appearances, both are struggling to move on from hardship they’d rather keep hidden. As their feelings for one another blossom, their pasts resurface, threatening to break them apart before their relationship has even begun.
Filmed partly in Leigh Park outside Portsmouth. This is an authentic and touching love story from a place where second chances are hard to come by. This impressive debut marks actor turned writer-director Aki Omoshaybi as a talent to watch.
Directed by Aki Omoshaybi and starring Pippa Bennett-Warner and Aki Omoshaybi.