I Am Only Human After All Premiere at New Theatre Royal on Wednesday, 30 May 2018
The premiere of short films was the culmination of Portsmouth Film Society’s latest community project run over 20 weeks. Portsmouth citizens from all backgrounds came together to tell their stories through film as as directors, producers, photographers, screenwriters and actors, reflecting on such subjects as homelessness, substance abuse, recovery and multiculturalism.
This event was well attended, with a 200-plus audience drawn from across the community, and supported by a number of charities, the Salvation Army, Friends Without Borders, Losing My Sight, St James’ Trust, and Aldingbourne Trust, among them. Awards were given by Councillor Lee Mason, the Lord Mayor and Mr Chris Chang,Pro Vice-Chancellor (Global Exchange) at the University of Portsmouth and PCC Chancellor Steve Pit. The Film Society gratefully acknowledged National Lottery funding.
The films screened were:
Perception – Peter McIver
Punching Bag – Tom Kelly
Billy Bum – Caroline Bryle
Love at First Sight – Billy Stevenson
Forever – Maricar Jagger
Best director – Tom Kelly
Diversity award – Rohina Begum
Best screenplay – Billy Stevenson
Best student – Jane Muir
Audience Choice ‘Pompeywood Best Film’ – Love at First Sight (director: Billy Stevenson)
Audience Choose: Love at First Sight
Aysegul Epengin, project director, Portsmouth Film Society:
‘We approved our students’ different choices and tried to inspire them. We introduced them to a new experience and new friends. There is a Turkish saying “Tell me who your friend is and I’ll tell you who you are”. The same is true of our choices. You have seen the result of 20 weeks of dedication and hard work. We lost 10 students because of battles with challenges such as substance abuse and homelessness. The Christmas season was a particularly difficult
time. But I feel we must applaud each of our students for being themselves and for not being afraid to tell their stories. Above all for believing in themselves as “Only Human After All”’.
Tickets are available at www.newtheatreroyal.com/I am Only Human After All flyer – print
I Am Only Human After All: (November 2016) Portsmouth Film Society (PFS) is using film to help break down social barriers and unite diverse cultures. PFS filmmaking course will give an opportunity to dozen vulnerable individuals who will tell their story and reflect on their experiences in Portsmouth, both good and bad.A variety of short films and documentaries will be produced with people who have been neglected in our community. The project called I Am Only Human After All will premiere at a red carpet event in 2018 and be available on YouTube. The individuals are being referred by the Salvation Army, Recovery Café and Empowering2change, organisations who support our vulnerable citizens struggling with issues such as homelessness, substance misuse, young care issues, people in recovery, youth with diabetes, and multiculturalism.
The project is being coordinated by Aysegul Epengin, founder of the Portsmouth Film Society and PhD student at the University of Portsmouth. The short films will be created by Portsmouth Film Society and film study students in cooperation with the University of Portsmouth, Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries, the primary supporter of the Portsmouth Film Society’s weekly screenings.
PFS has run similar courses in the past and we are delighted to receive the Awards For All, Big Lottery, which is making this project possible. PFS’s chair Cecelia Young said: “At the end of the project, we hope the people involved will gain a sense of achievement in making the film, be more confident, be more reflective in public, gain a feeling of being accepted and being clearly human. “
Portsmouth Film Society (PFS) is a member of the British Film Institute (BFI) and Cinema For All (British Film Societies Federation).