“Let’s Share”

Join us as we work together to help strengthen our Portsmouth community, forging relationships which will continue on long after the festival.

Portsmouth Film Society (PFS) announces its 5th annual Recovery Festival Thursday 9 to Sunday 12 November in Portsmouth.

The programme is intended to be meaningful to those of you who have sought support for mental health issues, trauma, and people in recovery, by raising awareness and celebrating people’s ability to recognise their problems, have the bravery to come forward, talk about them, seek help and realise they are not alone whatever the problem.

The highlights of the weekend are recovery films: The vision for the festival is to share a celebration of those who have found recovery and the organisations who have helped them.

Cllr Matthew Winnington, Cabinet Member for Community Wellbeing, Health & Care at Portsmouth City Council, said:

“We are really pleased to see people in recovery from addiction participating on this course. Activities such as this provide people with a sense of purpose and hope for the future, it also provides an opportunity for them to tell their stories on film. We look forward to seeing the films they produce at the Recovery Film festival in November.  We are grateful to Southern Co-op for funding this course.”

Director of Portsmouth Film Society Aysegul Epengin:

  ‘The objective for our festival is we hope to celebrate the impact that recovery services have had across communities around the globe and within local areas, bringing awareness of causes that help to understand the needs of those in recovery as well as the services they provide to help progress and sustain their communities in the recovery process. It will also the explore the positive impacts that recovery has on individuals and people around them, presenting stories of recovery through their own personal lenses and how they improve and enrich their communities. Thank you so much all our supporters, including Southern Co—op for their support to our filmmaking course: I Am Only Human 3’

Southern Co-op’s Loss Prevention and Security Manager, Gareth Lewis, said:

 ” We firmly believe in the power of community-driven initiatives to bring about positive change so Southern Co-op is delighted to be able to support this year’s Recovery Film Festival. With the films being centred around the theme of addiction and recovery, this resonates deeply with our mission and we hope it will bring together a better understanding of how we can all help each other breaking down stigmas and promoting a supportive environment for those affected by addiction.”



Thursday 9th Nov Third Floor, the Menuhin Room, Portsmouth Central Library

4pm Arrival / Refreshments

4:15pm Speakers

“I am Only Human 3”, short films made by people in recovery


5.30pm Close

Friday 10th Nov 5pm  Presentation at Southsea Community Cinema and Arts Centre

“An overview of policy-level interventions for alcohol and drug misuse”  (45min)

followed by online QA

MSc Psychology Tutor | Department of Psychology University of Portsmouth

7pm  Film screening “The Five Devils” Cert 15

It’s a 2022 French fantasy drama film that uses an eight-year-old Vicky scent-related powers to reveal the mysteries surrounding her family. All events begin from the moment Vicky’s father Jimmy invites his recently been released from prison younger sister Julia.

The film makes a passing reference to issues like homophobia and racism. It shows how society, our life choices and obsessions affect us.

Directed by Léa Mysius along with cinematographer Paul Guilhaume.


Saturday 11th Nov   Southsea Community Cinema and Arts Centre


6pm  ARUKAH PROJECT presents:

1h 18m documentary about twelve orphaned genocide survivors from Rwanda participate in a new form of sustainable humanitarian aid. (Free Screening, please reserve it)

7:30pm  Panel and Somatic Therapy Demonstration


Ulf Sandstrom Trauma Consultant, Master Trainer International Hypnotists Guild,  Co-founder of Peaceful Heart Network

Gunilla Hamme Trauma Consultant, Trauma Tapper, Founder of Peaceful Heart Network

Dr. Lori Leyden Trauma Healing Expert, Founder of Create Global Healing

Prof. David Best Professor of Addiction Recovery.

Aga Kehinde Trauma Consultant, Co-founder of The Arukah Project

Sharon Osterfield NHS Leader, Charity Trustee for Recoop,  Founder of The Arukah Project

Sunday 12nd Nov   Southsea Community Cinema and Arts Centre

11am  Intro to Stress to Strength workshop Sunday

45 min workshop in which you will learn simple yet powerful somatic self-soothing

techniques to rapidly calm anxiety and reduce negative emotions. These simple

but effective techniques can be quickly and easily taught to everyone

1pm  Art Wellbeing Workshop  (2 hrs) £6 per person

Art Psychotherapy MA Trainee, Clinical Experience: Southern Health NHS Trust,

Outcomes First Group, Solent NHS Trust

6pm  Film screening “A Star is Born” Cert 15

is a 2018 American musical romantic drama film produced and directed by

Bradley Cooper with a screenplay by Cooper, Eric Roth and Will Fetters. It stars

Cooper, Lady Gaga and follows an alcoholic musician (Cooper) who discovers

and falls in love with a young singer (Gaga).

For more information and ticket purchases, visit us at http://

Group discounts are available; please ring 07528 808400 (12noon-4pm) or visit us at the Southsea Cinema & Arts Centre, 1-3 Palmerston Road, Southsea.


Tickets: £6/£7        #southseacinema

Recovery Festival 2022
“Let’s Talk” Join us as we work together to help strengthen our Portsmouth community, forging relationships which will continue long after the festival.

Portsmouth Film Society announces its 4th Recovery Festival Thursday 10 to Friday 13 November in Southsea.

The programme is intended to be meaningful to those of you who have sought support for mental health issues, and those that have no idea about recovery, by raising awareness and celebrating people’s ability to recognise their problems, have the bravery to come forward, talk about it, seek help and realise they are not alone whatever the problem.

The highlights of the weekend are recovery films.  Working alongside Film Crew 4u, a local not-for-profit company, students from the University of Portsmouth collaborated to create films of people telling their recovery journey from the depths of despair, pivotal events that changed their lives, and their chosen paths to achieve a meaningful life and productive life.

Aysegul Epengin, Director, Portsmouth Film Society:

Half of Portsmouth Film Society volunteers have been through recovery and/or have been dealing with mental issues. To be able to offer any help, it is very important to understand about their mental state and help them to try and find their journey of healing. As a charity the Society aims to serve our community as best we can with this festival a good example of this aim.”

Paul Walsh – ex-professional footballer:

“I am really looking forward to speaking at the opening of the Recovery Festival at the Kings Theatre in Portsmouth on Thursday 10 October 2022. I am grateful to share anything that may inspire others to find a recovery from whatever is stopping them from living their best life.”

Gethin Jones:

“I am looking forward to supporting the Recovery Festival and sharing my experience. It is extra special and exciting as I am a local man and I have been both shunned and loved by this city. I was a product of the system, and the council was my corporate parent when I was growing up and I went to the same children’s home my mum left. My early experience and trauma came out in my behaviour and I spent 8 years in Prison, I had many detoxes at the old Nelson Unit, and also treatment centres in Portsmouth and Brighton. I always say I am Portsmouth born and bred, and was thrown out a few times but I kept coming back as I always saw Portsmouth as my home.“

Film Crew 4u CIC is only possible thanks to Portsmouth Film Society:

“As a recovering alcoholic volunteering at PFS I learned enough about filmmaking to start a community interest company, our  aim being to help people who are in similar situations that I had been in through telling their stories and learning the filmmaking process that they could pursue as a career or hobby. We work closely with PFS on their Recovery Festival and this year will be showing some of these films.

This year’s festival supported by Portsmouth City Council, Owl XL CIC is a Certified Social Business with Social Enterprise and Drop The Mask Productions CIC. Drop The Mask Productions CIC director Gregory White stated: “We have sponsored the event because of our passion for supporting persons with challenging mental health.”

Kings Theatre on Thursday 10 November 6.30pm to 9pm

Opening remarks: Cllr Matthew Winnington

Keynote Speaker: Paul Walsh, former Charlton, Luton, Tottenham, Manchester City, Liverpool, Portsmouth and England footballer

Recovery films: from Film Crew 4u – Drop the Mask CIC


Guest speaker, Gethin Jones, Unlocking Potential Limited 

Panel: Subject: What’s Happening in our City relating to Recovery

Chair: Roger Batterbury, Chair, Healthwatch Portsmouth

Alan Knobel, Public Health Development Manager, Portsmouth City Council

Mike Taylor, Operations Director, Society of St James

James Clay, Doctoral Candidate, Department of Psychology, University of Portsmouth

Gethin Jones, Unlocking Potential Limited 

Danny Sullivan, Director, Portsmouth PUSH Recovery Community

Alan Rhoddan, Senior Counsellor, A.N.A. Treatment Centres

The Recovery Festival continues throughout the weekend as it moves to the cosy Southsea Cinema with a variety of activities giving people a safe space to engage in conversions touching on pivotal moments in their lives, as well as what they and their organisations are doing to help people along their journey.  Guest speakers will be on hand to introduce films that have been selected to stimulate conversations and encourage further connections.

Friday 11 November

6pm to 9pm Tattoo-related surprise film followed by discussion of what tattoos mean to you.

Surprise Film (2018) 120min   Cert 15

A young man is determined to create a new life for himself — if he can make it out alive.

Saturday 12 November

2pm to 5pm Art Therapy Session: “Pleasure of Scribbling “ by Leyla Sabah ‘

6.30pm Panel: Domestic Abuse and Recovery Circle

Chair: Roger Batterbury, Chair, Healthwatch Portsmouth

Rachel Windebank, Operations Director, Stop Domestic Abuse

Lynn Evans, Chair, Rebound

Rowshonara Reza, Community Development Officer, Portsmouth City Council

7pm True Things (2021)  102min Cert 15

A woman, bored with her uneventful life, meets a stranger who she soon becomes infatuated with. Elevated by its stars’ magnetic chemistry, True Things mines complex, character-driven drama A refreshingly adult drama about infatuation and self-sabotage, True Things leaves a strong impression, despite a disappointing ending

Sunday 13 November

Film Introduction by Alan Rhoddan

3pm Crazy Heart (2009)  112min Cert 15

What keeps this indie drama just the right side of average is a brilliantly measured, Oscar-winning performance by Jeff Bridges, Crazy Heart transcends its overly familiar origins and finds new meaning in an old story.

After the film, Q&A led by Bill Stevenson, FilmCrew4U

6pm Non-Substance Rav Party (welcome to 16yrs and above) £10

Come along with friends and colleagues as we celebrate the ability of people and organisations to change by working together, or, to share your story and connect with organisations who provide services to the community for treatment, education and reskilling, employment, support for the homeless, and wellbeing options as innovative as equestrian therapy.

For more information and ticket purchases, visit us at http://

Group discounts are available; please ring 07528 808400 (12noon-4pm) or visit us at the Southsea Cinema & Arts Centre, 1-3 Palmerston Road, Southsea.