Portsmouth Cathedral film nights to bring a smile to banish the January Blues!

7th January

“He’s not the Messiah, he’s a very naughty boy” might not be the message you expect from Portsmouth Cathedral, but this January, following a bumper crop of Carol Services in December, Portsmouth Cathedral is swapping candles for candy and popcorn, and hymns for movie sound tracks.

The Cathedral will be screening three classic “feel good” movies The Greatest Showman, Sister Act, and The Life of Brian on 18th and 19th January.

It will be only the 3rd time ever that “The Life of Brian” has been shown in an Anglican Cathedral.

“January can be a cold gloomy time after the fun of Christmas, so we want to spread some joy and laughter by throwing open the doors of the Cathedral to make people smile and enjoy these three classic films” said Canon Peter Leonard, Acting Dean. “Sometimes, churches are places which maybe take themselves too seriously, but we want to be a place of fun and push the boundaries of what such an amazing building can house. Portsmouth Cathedral is for everyone in the city, and we hope that lots of people will come and join in the celebrations.”

Whether you have been to the Cathedral before or if you have never been, what better opportunity to brighten up your January than to sing along to The Greatest Showman or get in the habit for Sister Act, or just to laugh at the satire of Life of Brian – recently described as “the greatest comedy of all time”? Monty Python's satire is as funny today as it was in 1979. Brian is a Jew born in a stable in Bethlehem who spends most of his life being mistaken for the Messiah. But as we all know "He's Not The Messiah, He's A Very Naughty Boy!".

There will be popcorn on sale, and a bar serving soft drinks for those on Dry January, and beer and wine for those who are not!

Tickets are £11 and £9 for concessions, and are available now online from www.derbyquad.co.uk

Here's the Showman link: https://bit.ly/2QkEnIV

Life of Brian:https://bit.ly/2SASX0I

 Sister Act: https://bit.ly/2TtB18B

And if that wasn’t enough – there will be a “son et lumiere” projected onto the outside of the Cathedral on Saturday evening as part of a collaboration with the British Film Institution.

For more information, and interviews and pictures, please contact Tim Sledge on 023 9282 3300 or tim.sledge@portsmouthcathedral.org.uk or 07884 008901.


Editors notes: Lighten Up has been programmed as a part of BFI Comedy Genius, a nationwide season celebrating the best in film and TV comedy, supported by funds from the National Lottery, led by Film Hub Midlands on behalf of the BFI UK Film Audience Network.