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This Island City
This Island City
Poems about the city of Portsmouth, its people and history have been illustrated by a series of films produced by students at the University of Chichester.
The 10 films have been produced to publicise the forthcoming anthology of poems about Portsmouth by local poetry collective, Tongues and Grooves.
The Tongues and Grooves group which celebrates its fifth anniversary this year provides a regular platform for local writers and musicians alongside special guests at the Florence Arms in Southsea.
On Portsmouth Station
Its new anthology due for publication later this year, entitled This Island City, aims to celebrate Pompey's literary and cultural heritage.
Edited by Dale Gunthorp, the collection is the first poetic record of Britain's only island city, in poems from the 17th century to the present.
It covers many aspects of Portsmouth life - from its turbulent, glorious and sometimes tragic relationship with the sea, to its people, with their intense sense of community and ownership of the place.
Chichester University students were given a brief to produce films to interpret the poems in an original and imaginative way.
The films were shot at familiar locations around the city - including the Spinnaker Tower, Southsea Station, Gun Wharf and Guildhall Square.
The Salvation Army Lady
One of the films is narrated by a familiar voice - actress Joanna Lumley was approached by one group of students to record a voiceover for their film, based on the poem Stone Map in Ravelin Park by Anna-May Laugher.
Ms Lumley obliged by recording a voice track for the film, which along with others, is being screened at the launch of the anthology later this year and on the BBC Big Screen in Guildhall Square throughout June and July.
This Island City - watch the films in full below.
Mary Rose - A modern day film based on one woman's, reflections of Britain's past conflicts and her view of the culture. By Jacueline Saphra
Night Ferries - Taxis glide through the night ferrying revelers around the city offer a glimpse of the darker side of Portsmouth. By Stephanie Norgate
Portsea - An emotional poem film focusing on a person's feelings towards Portsmouth and why they love it and will always return to the city despite its flaws. By Tricia Torrington
On Portsmouth Station - A young man struggling to find his true identity in today's society . His search for his identity takes him on an eventful journey through Portsmouth where he finally accepts his individuality. By Robert Hull
Summer Afternoon - A wartime poem of school friends who witness the horrors of war as a young German airman is killed on one summer's afternoon. By Ron Misselbrook
Into the Small Hours - A short film depicting the dark side of Portsmouth, where old relationships come to an end while new ones are just beginning. One man has to pay the ultimate price for his sins. By George Marsh
Salvation Army Lady - The story of a socially-challenged middle aged man who has an unhealthy obsession with a lady from the Salvation Army. This film shows him following and trying to communicate with her. By Denise Bennett
Stone Map In Ravelin Park - A blind man tries to rediscover his place in the city he once knew, with only his sense of touch to guide him. By Anna-May Laugher
Resurrection Day - Looking back over the past of a certain part of Portsmouth, a man begins to uncover his own history culminating in the discovery of something that he thought was lost forever. By John Scriven
The Animals - Jack, a university student brought up in the rough suburbs of Portsmouth has his eyes on an upper class girl from a completely different background, well spoken and well mannered, Sophie. He uses his charm and wit to seduce her. By David Hill
last updated: 29/05/2009 at 10:57
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