Chichester’s Focus on Film Autumn diverse talks and day courses

Chichester Cinema at New Park’s Education Department – Focus on Film – has treats in store for all!
Kevin Ashman, Egghead super-wordsmith/ historian, and Gavin Fischer, past BBC journalist in South Africa, are the cinema’s outstanding speakers at the Rivonia Trial, Mandela and Others, with film clips. This day event (Sat. 19 Oct, 10.00 – 15.00, £10) will bring you back to Johannesburg in the 1960s and ‘the trial of the century’ that changed the country.
The Silent Time Machine takes on unmissable archival documentary material showing previously isolated peoples living in rainforests, deserts and Arctic tundras and whose lives have been radically changed by modernity. (Fri, 25 Oct, 14.15, £6.50). Clips and commentary by Paul Henley, anthropologist and filmmaker.
Film supremo Richard Cupidi’s Black Cinema day course (Sat, 26 Oct, 11.00 – 15.00, tickets £10) will illuminate the rise, struggle and legacy of Black American filmmakers, an unmissable date in the Black History Month series. Up to date film clips include If Beale Street Could Talk.
Song & Dance on Film (Fri 1 Nov 18.30), an illustrated talk, covers less seen highlights from black comedies, plus musicals and individual song and dance men and women who made the genre endlessly attractive.
Book online:, at the box office (01243 786650), or at the cinema: Chichester Cinema at New Park, New Park Road, Chichester, West Sussex, PO19 7XY.
Chichester’s Independent Cinema now in its 40th year, offers year-round films from all over the world.