The Great White Silence at Newhaven Fort

We had a great time, and a fantastic turn out, at Newhaven Fort on Saturday evening, with our special screening of The Great White Silence. We had some interesting discussions with many members of the audience after the event – we were so pleased that everybody found the film so engaging!

Here are some photographs…

We projected a stock footage video of Antarctica at the entrance of Newhaven Fort

We projected a stock footage video of Antarctica at the entrance of Newhaven Fort

Here are some of our visitors arriving at the Fort.

Here are some of our visitors arriving at the Fort.

Here's a family group arriving at the Romney Hut, for the Screening

Here’s a family group arriving at the Romney Hut, for the Screening

The audience start taking to their seats!

The audience start taking to their seats!

...and here's an 'audience eye view' of the film underway! We nearly had a full house, with only a couple of tickets to spare, and a few house seats at the back!

…and here’s an ‘audience eye view’ of the film underway! We nearly had a full house, with only a couple of tickets to spare, and a few house seats at the back!

 

This weekend, on 22 June, there will be a special screening of one of Team Filmspot’s favourite films, A Canterbury Tale in Veules Les Roses, France, to mark their twinning with the picturesque Sussex village, Alfriston. We have helped to organise the film and licencing for this event, which we hope will be a success. Sadly we can’t make it over ourselves, but we look forward to posting about it soon. In the Autumn, we will present a French film, as suggested by the film club in Veules Les Roses – more news about this will appear over the summer.

We’re also looking forward to screening The Great White Silenceat Salisbury & South Wiltshire Museum (in honour of Salisbury0born Herbert Ponting, the Director of the film) in October – more details will appear on here and the Filmspot website later in the Summer.

Our next event at Newhaven Fort will be in the Autumn, when there will be all sorts of ghoulish fun for our screening of Ghostbusters on 2 November.

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Dam Busters and Explorers at Newhaven Fort

We had a fantastic time at Newhaven Fort on 16 May, celebrating 70 years since the Dam Busters raid. We’re now looking forward to 15 June, our next event, where we shall show the fascinating and beautiful ‘Great White Silence‘, but more on that later – first off, here are the pictures from our ‘Dam Busters 70’ event! Thanks to everyone who came along…

...Filmspot have arrived at The Fort!

…Filmspot have arrived at The Fort!

Newhaven Fort's resident 17 Squadron expert, created some fantastic artwork for the screening, including this great poster!...

Newhaven Fort’s resident 617 Squadron expert, created some fantastic artwork for the screening, including this great poster!…

...and this very accurate cut out of the rather unfortunately named dog!

…and this very accurate cut out of the rather unfortunately named dog!

Our thanks to Ed, who gave an evocative and exciting introduction to the film, just prior to the screening.

We had a full house - and even had to bring in more seats!

We had a full house – and even had to bring in more seats! Photo: Lukas Rohulan

 

It was a great way to mark a very special anniversary - it was wonderful to see so many people at the Fort for this special 'Museums at Night' occasion.

It was a great way to mark a very special anniversary – it was wonderful to see so many people at the Fort for this special ‘Museums at Night’ occasion. Photo: Lukas Rohulan

We’re now looking to the future, where we go even further back in time! on 15 June, we are screening ‘The Great White Silence’ – the fascinating eye witness account of Captain Scott‘s doomed Terra Nova expedition. The film was beautifully captured by photographer Herbert Ponting, whose remarkable eye for composition gives the film some truly breathtaking scenes. The antarctic seems to be an icy wonderland, as beautiful as it is treacherous. There is footage of Scott and his team preparing for the long walk to the pole. Although he didn’t join the team on the push to the South Pole, Ponting also filmed the team manhauling the sledge and cooking and sleeping in their tent, just as they were to do for real on the way to and from the Pole. Recently fully restored by the BFI, this version includes a haunting new score by composer Simon Fisher Turner, and is colour tinted, from the original notes by Ponting, to convey different lighting effects.

I’ve posted it before, but here’s the trailer:

Doors open 7.00 pm (film starts 7.30 pm). Tickets are £6.00 (£5.00 concessions) and are available from Newhaven Fort on  01273 517622.

A breath-taking film, in atmospheric surroundings, this promises to be a memorable evening. Hope to see you  there!