Continuing our informal theme of films with one-word titles, we’d like this week to introduce you to Tishand Barbarella (No.6’s typing finger is eternally grateful). We feel particularly compelled to bring Tishto your attention as the latest in a thread on unexplored corners of the Arts, whether unheralded artists and movements (Kekee Manzill) or shedding new light on well-known names (Eric Ravilious). This week we spotlight an important, relevant but sadly forgotten photographer and would encourage you to come along and find out about her. That’s us at No.6 - constantly nourishing your cultural taste buds. If that’s not enough, we also have Jane Fonda in spandex.
See below for Tish ticket offer.
Thursday 25th January at 7pm
Tish is directed by Paul Sng and presented by the subject’s daughter, Ella Murtha. Driven by a commitment to document the impact of deindustrialisation on working class communities in Northeast England in the 1970s and 1980s, Tish Murtha used her camera to expose societal inequality. She felt she had an obligation to the people and problems within her local environment and wanted to highlight and challenge the social disadvantages that she herself had suffered. However, despite early acclaim for her work, she was unable to make a living from photography and died in poverty.
As part of this event Pompey Darkroom are giving away 10 free tickets where financial access may be a barrier, please either DM on Instagram or email [email protected] for us to add your name to the list, no questions asked.
Friday 26th January at 7pm
As the first in our new series of Cult Classics, Barbarella ticks just about every hip box going: made in 1968, hedonistic mix of sex and sci-fi, directed by Roger Vadim and starring (like all his films) his wife of the moment, an iconic Jane Fonda, a camp comic book adaptation with charmingly retro props and costumes, a touch of David Hemmings just after Blow Up, and a completely incoherent storyline. Immersing yourself in the world of Barbarella is a bit like the film’s own Excessive Pleasure Machine - just sit back and luxuriate. A classic of its type, a splendid time is guaranteed for all.
Saturday 27th January at 7pm
One Life tells the true story of Sir Nicholas ‘Nicky’ Winton, a young London broker who helped to rescue 669 children from the Nazis in the months leading up to World War II. Fifty years later and haunted by the memory of those he wasn’t able to save, he is introduced by the TV show That’s Life to some of the survivors. Director James Hawes’ biographical drama stars Anthony Hopkins as Nicky (with Johnny Flynn as young Nicky) and a support cast including Helena Bonham Carter, Lena Olin and Jonathan Pryce. Rotten Tomatoes’ 90% rating is accompanied by the comment that One Life “pays heart-warming tribute to a remarkable humanitarian effort.”
Up Next Week:
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner again, and what better way to celebrate than by seeing one of the most romantic films of all time. An Affair To Remember is right up there on the American Film Institute’s official list of the 100 greatest romance films alongside Casablanca and Gone With The Wind. Later remade as Sleepless In Seattle, the classic original features Cary Grant, taking time out from Archie Leach’s LSD experiments, and Deborah Kerr as the long distance lovers with a plan to meet atop the Empire State Building. Come and see the film then head up to the top of the Spinnaker to recreate those climactic final moments!