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

Posted: Oct 17, 2022 8:22 AM
‘Let’s Talk’: Portsmouth Film Society announces its 4th Recovery Festival from Thursday 10th to Friday 13th November at Southsea.

The program is intended to benefit those of you who have sought help for mental health issues and those who have no idea about recovery, by raising awareness and celebrating people’s ability to recognize their problems, to have the courage to come forward, to talk about asking for help and to realize that they are not alone whatever the problem.

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

Aysegul Epengin, Director, Portsmouth Film Society:

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

Paul Walsh – former professional footballer:

“I’m really looking forward to speaking at the opening of the Recovery Festival at the Kings Theater in Portsmouth on Thursday 10th October 2022. I’m grateful to share anything that can inspire others to recover from whatever is stopping them from live life to the best of it.”

Gethin Jones:

“I look forward to supporting the Recovery Festival and sharing my experience. It’s very special and exciting because I’m a local man and I’ve been both rejected and loved by this town. I was a product of the system, and counseling was my parent company when I was young and went to the same children’s home my mother left behind. My early experiences and traumas showed in my behavior and I spent 8 years in prison, had many rehabs at the old Nelson unit, as well as treatment centers in Portsmouth and Brighton. I always say I was born and brought up in Portsmouth, and been kicked out a couple of times, but I kept coming back because I’ve always called Portsmouth home.

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

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

This year’s festival supported by Portsmouth City Council, Owl XL CIC is a certified social enterprise with Social Enterprise and Drop The Mask Productions CIC. Gregory White, Director of Drop The Mask Productions CIC, said, “We sponsored the event because of our passion for supporting people with mental health issues.”

Kings Theater on Thursday, November 10 from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Opening Speech: Cllr Matthew Winnington

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

Recovery Films: from Film Crew 4u

To break

Guest Speaker, Gethin James, Unlocking Potential Limited

Panel: Subject: What’s happening in our city when it comes to recovery?

Chair: Roger Batterbury, Chairman, Healthwatch Portsmouth

Alan Knobel, Director of Public Health Development, Portsmouth City Council

Mike Taylor, Director of Operations, Society of St James

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

Gethin James, Unlocking Limited Potential

Danny Sullivan, Director, Portsmouth PUSH Recovery Community

Toni Mason, Humanist Advisor, TLM Advisory Services

Alan Rhoddan, Senior Advisor, ANA Treatment Centers

Southsea Film and Arts Center

The recovery festival continues throughout the weekend as it moves to the cozy Southsea Cinema with a variety of activities providing people with a safe space to engage in conversions touching crucial moments in their lives , as well as what they and their organizations are doing to help people along their journey. Guest speakers will be on hand to present films that have been selected to stimulate conversations and encourage new connections.

friday november 11

6:00 – 9:00 pm Surprise tattoo film followed by a discussion on what tattoos mean to you.

Surprise Movie (2018) 120min CERT 15

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

Saturday November 12

2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Art Therapy Session: “Pleasure of Scrabbling” by Leyla Sabah’

6:30 p.m. Panel: Domestic Violence and the Recovery Circle

Chair: Roger Batterbury, Chairman, Healthwatch Portsmouth

Rachel Windebank, Director of Operations, Stop Domestic Abuse

Lynn Evans, President, Rebound

Rowshonara Reza, Community Development Officer, Portsmouth City Council

7pm The Real Things (2021) 102min Cert 15

A woman, bored by her uneventful life, meets a stranger whom she quickly falls in love with. Elevated by the magnetic chemistry of its stars, True Things harnesses complex, character-driven drama A refreshing adult drama about infatuation and self-sabotage, True Thing leaves a strong impression, despite a disappointing ending

sunday november 13

Presentation of the film by Alan Rhoddan Senior Advisor, ANA Treatment Centers

3pm Crazy Heart (2009) 112min Certified 15

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

After the film, Q&A moderated by Toni Mason, Humanist Counselor, TLM Counseling Services

6 p.m. Non-Substance Rav Party (16 and over welcome)

Learn more:

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

For more information and ticket purchase visit us at

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

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