PFS MISSION STATEMENT
TO USE ENGLISH AND INTERNATIONAL FILM AS A MEDIUM TO SUPPORT THE DEVELOPMENT OF LOCAL CULTURE, COMMUNITY AND EDUCATION AND ENCOURAGE BOTH FILM AND DIVERSITY APPRECIATION.
PFS AIMS AND OBJECTIVES:
1. To encourage interest in film as a medium for public education, information and entertainment by means of the exhibition of films of artistic, cultural or informative character.
2. To advance the education of the public in the knowledge, understanding and appreciation of film.
3. To promote the study and appreciation of film by such means as presentations, lectures, discussions and exhibitions.
4. To bring people together to share experiences. We aim for uniting different cultures and breaking down social barriers.
5. To celebrate the diversity in community and show films for B.M.E. groups in the community.
Here is a brief page with information about the PFS team:
CECELIA YOUNG – CHAIR
Favourite film. The Good Earth
Passion. Making a sad person laugh every day.
CHRIS J. MARTIN- SECRETARY
Favourite film: The Searchers. Ethan Edwards (John Wayne) to Martin Pawley (Jeffery Hunter): ” ” That’ll be the day!”
Secretary of Portsmouth Film Society for past six years. Favourite film is The Searchers for John Wayne, John Ford and Max Steiner’s Wistful Score, and magnificent Vistas of the West. Also keen on art, particularly 20th century British, poetry, and folk music.
AYSEGUL EPENGIN- OPERATION OFFICER
Founder of Portsmouth Film society, from 2009, and coordinator and programmer. She is PhD student at The University of Portsmouth and she seeks to examine the place of local film societies, community cinemas in contemporary UK film exhibition. She is a filmmaking tutor in the High Education. Her favourite film is Lars von Trier’s Breaking the Waves (1996)
My day job is engineer at Souther Rail Network. I worked at Portsmouth Multicultural Group and PRENO voluntarily. My favourite actor is Morgan Freeman and I like his this quote: “Was I always going to be here? No I was not. I was going to be homeless at one time, a taxi driver, truck driver, or any kind of job that would get me a crust of bread. You never know what’s going to happen.”
SIMON KNIGHT -TRUSTEE
I have done a lot of things in my life and am older and more experienced than most around these parts I meet.
Have had a very varied some say colourful life and career. Have lived in Europe, the US, Middle East and Asia Pacific.
Speak good French, Spanish, reasonable Dutch and some Swedish.
MARK E.W. LEWIS -TRUSTEE
Local and international muralist / community activist/ social entrepreneur campaigner and filmmaker, he is a recent but active member of the film society. Mark has been working with us for many years before with his cultural hub The Arts Lodge in Victoria Park and holds over 25 years of local cultural video footage. (keep watching;)
His favourite film : Pink Floyd The Wall/Wonderful life
PETER MCIVER -TRUSTEE
My raison d’etre is to be nice, that’s what I do. I’m interested in films, genres, directors, anything to do with cinema, and the opportunities to meet people PFS affords me. I’ve been with PFS for seven years, on the committee for five years. I like it because of its community spirit. I love the films of David Lean, my favourite film is Love is All: 100 years of Love on Film by Kim Longhonitto.
ROGER GOLDSMITH- TRUSTEE
Roger is a full time writer of stage and screenplays, based in Southsea, Hampshire.
Favorite film: God Father
FRANCESCA RIDLEY -VOLUNTEER I am a third year sociology student and a film enthusiast. I would like to volunteer term time for the marketing role to gain key experience ready for graduation. I have a love of films and enjoy many genre and film styles, whether it’s the newest blockbuster or a small independent, I love it all. I also enjoy keeping up with the latest news in the film industry. I have always been interested in how films present different cultures and ideas.
JENNY CHOWDHURY MARKETING VOLUNTEER
I am a portrait photographer and recently joined the PFS team. I am helping for PFS marketing and social media as much as possible.
BILLY STEVENSON – TRUSTEE & OPERATION
I have so many stories rattling around in my brain. I love creative writing and since becoming a PFS member I’ve been turning my stories into screenplays.
I love all kinds of films from Eraserhead to Raging Bull.
ROD MCLEAN- TRUSTEE & CONSULTANT
With a background in business, I moved to working as a full-time youth and community worker for Hampshire County Council. Moving into community work with Fratton Community Centre and then more recently community support and then community development in Paulsgrove.
My favourite film is a draw between the Lost Weekend (Ray Milland) and Pulp Fiction.
ANITA STEPNITZ – CONSULTANT
I have been volunteering with Portsmouth Film Society for over 2 years, and I’m also part of the Cumberland House and Museum. I like bees and nice flowers.
DYLAN PANK- TECH. VOLUNTEER
I am a Senior Teaching Fellow at the School of Media and Performing Arts in the Univesity of Portsmouth, teaching film and Video Production. I have been making and working on short films since the mid-90s, having studied filmmaking in Canada and Newcastle. I love science fiction cinema and still dream of electric sheep.