CINEPHILES are gearing up for the 11th annual Southampton Film Week. This year's film festival - organised by Southampton charity City Eye - is set to offer another excting set of events highlighting homegrown talent as well as some cult classic films.

Festival Director, Susan Beckett said: “As City Eye continues with its plans to establish a new film and digital hub for the region at Studio 144 in Guildhall Square, it is fantastic to showcase the achievements of the City’s home-grown talent.”

Here are the highlights:

November 9

Young adults supported by The Prince’s Trust will launch this year’s SFW with two short films they have produced which address issues of mental health.

Followed by short films of some of Shakespeare’s great monologues filmed in contemporary urban settings – a project created by "new talent" from NST Laboratory Ollie Bruce

November 10

The region's best short films from the SFW Shorts 2018 competition will be screened - with the winner receiving the Michael Fuller Award for Best Film and the Best Regional Filmmaker winner also announced.

Audience members will also have the opportunity to vote for their own favourite on the night

Doors 6pm - 7pm screening - Tickets: £7.50

NST City

November 11

Tango Your Life

Tracie's Latin Club is celebrating 18 years of TLC Tango in Southampton, and as part of Southampton's Film Week, will be screening this fabulous documentary about Tango life in Buenos Aires​.

​​Doors 5pm - 5.30pm screening - Tickets: £5 (film only)

TCL Studios, St Barnabas Church Hall, Lodge Road

November 12

The Screening Sex Project presents:

The Rape of Recy Taylor

Described as one of the most vital documentaries of recent times, Nancy Buirski’s The Rape of Recy Taylor examines the largely unpunished sexual violence against women of colour in 1940s America. The screening will be preceded by an introduction from the film’s distributor Johanna von Fischer in conversation with Solent University’s Head of Film, Darren Kerr.

Doors 7pm - 7.30pm start - Free, advanced booking.

Sonar Cinema (LT1), Andrews Building, Solent University

November 13

BFI Filmmaker Network

Time: 5.30pm, Free - just turn up

City Eye, Studi0 144, 142-144 Above Bar Street

BAFTA Shorts 2018

Five live action shorts and three animated films with an approximate running time of 110 minutes. T

The films are not suitable for audiences under 16 years of age.

​Doors 7pm - 7.30pm start - Free, advanced booking.

Jane Austen Lecture Theatre, The Spark, Solent University, East Park Terrace

November 14


Top industry speakers have contributed to Solent University and Film Week’s post-production day ranging from Oscar-winning SFX artists to James Bond editors as well as collaborating with Christopher Nolan and cutting Harry Potter (in the edit suite that is). ​

Time TBC - Free, advanced booking.

Sonar Cinema (LT1), Andrews Building, Solent University, East Park Terrace

Short Story Cinema

Cert 15

Always creative, always intriguing, always varied Short Story Cinema opens the door on a range of filmmaking talent in a series of screenings that capture great storytelling with technical bravado in short form. Whether you are a cinematic connoisseur, aspiring filmmaker or someone who just enjoys modern day tales told well, this evening will no doubt delight.

Doors 7pm - 7.30pm start - Free, advanced booking.

Sonar Cinema (LT1), Andrews Building, Solent University, East Park Terrace


Cert: 15 | Feature Documentary | Director: Tony Ziera | 94 Mins | Year: 2017

The story of Stanley Kubrick's long term assistant and whipping boy, Leon Vitali, who became crucial to the creative process behind a legendary cinematic output.

Prior to this feature documentary there will also be a screening of short film LOSING FACE (5 mins) directed by Rachel Stephens.​

Time: 8pm

​Ticket prices: Phoenix Members Free / Non-members £6 + annual Associate Membership £3

The Phoenix, Union Films, Southampton University Students Union

November 15

A selection of animated shorts curated in partnership with Into Film and the British Council to celebrate the BFI's animation season, Anim18.

The Into Film Festival is a free, annual, nationwide celebration of film & education for 5-19 year olds between 7 - 23 November 2018.​

10am - 11.20am - Free, advanced booking

NST City, 142-144 Above Bar Street

Sun Ra's Space is the Place

Cert: 15

Hailed by Rolling Stone magazine as influencing Solange, Sonic Youth and Lady Gaga, this musically astral psychedelic vision from Sun Ra is a genre bending piece of science-fiction from the Afrofuturist pioneer. Space is the Place is a joyous interplanetary celluloid manifesto exploring race, culture and identity.

Times tbc

Tikets tbc

Solent Lecture Theatre, Sir James Matthews Building, 157-187 Above Bar Street

College Filmmaking Challenge

​Screening and Awards

Screening and awards presentation of the College Filmmaking Challenge 2018. Featuring films created by AS/A2 and BTEC Level 3 students from regional colleges and sixth forms.

All are welcome to attend this fantastic screening, showcasing young local talent and their creative achievements.

Doors 7pm - 7.30pm start - Free, advanced booking.

Sonar Cinema (LT1), Andrews Building, Solent University, East Park Terrace

Classic silent film 'It' starring Clara Bow

with live theatre organ accompaniment by David Gray

Time: 7.30pm - Tickets: £12 (£10 concs.) plus booking fee

02 Guildhall Southampton, West Marlands Road

November 16

The Piano with an introduction from Ellen Cheshire whose book In the Scene: Jane Campion was published earlier this year.

Cert: 15 | Drama | Director: Jane Campion | 94 Mins | Year: 1993

6.15pm talk by Ellen Cheshire - 7pm screening - Tickets: £7.50

NST City, 142-144 Above Bar Street


Released in 1927, and acknowledged as one of the landmarks of world cinema, Fritz Lang’s epic vision of a futuristic city where workers toil for their domineering overseers has proved an immeasurable influence on science-fiction filmmaking.

This special screening is an opportunity to experience the grandest science fiction film of the silent era (and for many years to come) with a live music soundtrack performed by two of the genre’s finest exponents.

Stephen Horne piano

Martin Pyne percussion

Presented by Turner Sims in association with Southampton Film Week.

Time: 7.30PM - Tickets: £20 (£19 concs. £10 Student & under 18s)

Turner Sims, University of Southampton

November 17

Red Carpet Film School

A special screening of all films made in 2018 by young filmmakers during City Eye's holiday 'Film School' workshops.

Time: TBC - Free, advanced booking

City Eye & John Hansard Gallery,

​142-144 Above Bar Street