Following the Government’s announcement for a national lockdown to take place from 5th Nov – 2nd Dec, the Recovery Festival on Saturday 21st November is unable to go ahead on this date. A further announcement on this event will follow soon.

Portsmouth Film Society presents the best in world cinema, documentary, independent film, animation and classic movies.

Join them for their Autumn Season 2020 of indoor events at Portsmouth Guildhall.

For tickets and more information see:



Black History Month Festival: 11th, 17th & 25th October 2020
Supported by Film Hub South West, BFI FAN and the University of Portsmouth Multicultural Staff Forum and Student Union.

Sunday 11th October, 7pm
Based on the thrilling and inspirational life of an iconic American freedom fighter, ‘Harriet’ tells the extraordinary tale of Harriet Tubman’s escape from slavery and transformation into one of America’s greatest heroes.
123 min, Cert 12

Queen and Slim
Saturday 17th October, 7pm
A first date takes an unexpected turn when a policeman pulls them over for a minor traffic violation. When the situation escalates, Slim takes the officer’s gun and shoots him in self-defence. A gripping fugitive story with a timely, thoughtful subtext.
120 min, Cert 15

White Riot
Sunday 25th October, 5pm
An exploration of how punk influenced politics in late 1970s Britain when a group of artists united to take on the National Front. A blend of fresh interviews with archive footage.
80min, Cert 15



Recovery Festival: Saturday 21st November 2020
Recognising the people and organisations serving the community with topic themed film and audience questions answered by a panel.

Panel 1, 3 – 4.30pm: Domestic Violence
Roger Batterbury, chairperson of Healthwatch Portsmouth, will chair the event. There will be an introductory talk and then five panellists will introduce themselves and represent the organisations they work for. The audience will then be invited to ask the panellists questions who might be seeking help, advice, or information on the topic.

The five panellists are Charlene Maines, Choices for You; Rowshanara Reza, Portsmouth City Council; Rachel Windebank, Stop Domestic Abuse; Lyn Tiller, Aurora New Dawn and Gemma, Green Parcs.

System Crasher, 4.30pm
Controversial from the moment it premiered at the Berlin Film Festival, documentarian Nora Fingshcheidt’s fiction feature debut portrays the life of a chaotic young girl. Wild and troubled, 9 year old Benni gets expelled from one foster home after another due to uncontrollable aggression. Too young to be held in treatment programmes and too violent to stay in group homes.
118 minutes, Drama, Cert 15

Panel 2, 6pm: Mental Health and Addiction
Roger Batterbury will chair. The five panellists are Richard Johnson, ANA Treatment Centre; Rich Pike, ARC Rehab Centre; Carolyn Barber, Good Mental Health; Lynn Evans, Rebound and Matt Parker, University of Portsmouth.

Honey Boy, 7pm
From a screenplay by Shia LaBeouf, based on his own experiences, filmmaker Alma Har’el brings to life a young actor’s stormy childhood and early adult years as he struggles to reconcile with his father through cinema and dreams, fictionalising his childhood ascent to stardom, and subsequent adult crash-landing into rehab and recovery.
95 minutes, Drama, Cert 15

The Invisible Man, 9.30pm TBC 
After staging his own suicide, a crazed scientist uses his power to become invisible to stalk and terrorise his ex-girlfriend. When the police refuse to believe her story, she decides to take matters into her own hands and fight back.
124 minutes, Cert 15



Shorts:: Cut – Local Short Film Festival: Sunday 25th October, 3pm
A showcase for short films by local filmmakers. Part of The News, Guide Awards.For more information and tickets:


Halloween Special! Saturday 31st October, 7pm

In Fabric (2018)
A lonely woman (Marianne Jean-Baptiste), recently separated from her husband, visits a bewitching London department store in search of a dress that will transform her life. She’s fitted with a perfectly flattering, artery-red gown, which, in time, will come to unleash a malevolent curse and unstoppable evil, threatening everyone who comes into its path. In Fabric’s weaves a surreal spell, blending stylish horror and dark comedy to offer audiences a captivating treat.
Part of the Dark Fest.
Horror – Comedy, 118 min, Cert 15

Event details

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Age: 16+


No flash photography or iPads are allowed.


No externally bought drinks or any liquids - only certain food will be allowed. See our house rules for more information.


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