Advisory Group

The Film Hub South East Advisory Group is made up of individuals from a range of organisations to ensure broad representation of the film exhibition sector.

The Film Hub South East Advisory Group represents the interests of the Film Hub South East membership and engage stakeholders in the Hub’s development. The Advisory Group provides advice and insight on the work of FHSE and contributes to its strategic development.

The Film Hub South East Advisory Group:

Lizzie BanksLizzie Banks
Oska Bright
Oska Bright is the original international festival of short films made by people with learning disabilities. It is produced, managed and presented by a learning disabled team.
In 2015 Oska Bright celebrated it’s seventh edition, welcoming more than 2900 people through the doors over three days. Festival-goers were treated to short films and videos, live bands, virtual reality, digital art, an awards ceremony and, for the first time ever, a feature film.


Aysegul Epengin
Chair: Portsmouth Film Society

Aysegul’s training and background is in the Turkish film industry. She worked in a number of roles as assistant director, production assistant for mainstream Turkish features, TV shows and commercials. She is a tutor at University of Portsmouth, School of Creative Technologies.

Aysegul founded the Portsmouth Film Society and have been the main organiser and programmer of events for the past 4 years, co-ordinating over 50 events, held at a range of venues in the past year.

HeadshotKevin Markwick

Owner of The Picture House Cinema in Uckfield, one of the country’s leading independent cinema. With experience in producing and directing, Kevin also writes and broadcasts on the subject of cinema.

JP_210Jon Pratty

Jon is a Creative Digital Producer currently working with a wide range of regional clients from Ideas Test in North Kent to Tech Resort in Eastbourne, and nationally with clients such as the Southbank Centre and the Barbican in London. As well as producing digital events with an emphasis on learning, Jon is the first Chair of Brighton Digital Festival CIC.
Projects recently delivered include Sound#Hack, a creative music technology event at the University of Kent Music School in Chatham. The event showcased Sonic Pi, Ableton and a range of other music tech tools and was a partnership with Ideas Test, an Arts Council-funded agency and the Royal Opera House Bridge, funders of the event.
Jon also developed and delivered Ideas Camp, a one-day idea development event for North Kent artists and creatives, followed by an online webinar. He is now developing a digital skills programme for the new Ideas Test space in Sittingbourne, all with local and regional talent.

David SparrowDavid Sparrow
Creative Lead: Art Beyond Belief

David trained in photography, and worked in local journalism before starting his own photographic business, which he ran for thirty years before founding Art Beyond Belief in 2005. David is the creative lead and project manager for all Art Beyond Belief projects. His other interests include art and music and the cinema. In October 2013 he organised a local Film Festival in partnership with other Slough based organisations to use Film as a vehicle for engaging different communities.

Sally_StaplesSally Staples
Cultural Strategy Manager: East Sussex County Council

Sally Staples MA joined East Sussex County Council as Cultural Strategy Manager in 2012. Previously she was Head of the Kent County Council Arts Development Unit where she also managed the Kent Film Office. Sally specialises in negotiating for a strategic environment which allows the cultural sector to flourish. Sally’s involvement in the arts has ranged from practitioner, facilitator, commissioner and writer to venue manager and performer.

Julia VickersJulia Vickers
Programme and Community Cinema Consultant: South Hill Park

Julia is a freelance cinema consultant specialising in programming and community cinema. Starting in independent film sales, acquisitions and distribution she has over 14 years’ experience of working with art-house film, helping to bring a wide range of British independent and specialised titles to the community cinema sector.

She provides advice on cinema strategy and programming to South Hill Park, a mixed arts venue in Berkshire, and delivers programming services to local and regional film festivals. Her consultancy supports organisations across the UK and Ireland on all aspects of community-based exhibition.

With the Get the Picture film study partnership Julia is currently developing open-access, web-based programmes of film education centred around informal film study groups.

Julia is Chair of Bracknell Film Society, having been an active member for over 17 years

Christopher Woodhouse
General Manager: Cineworld Aldershot


Susan Beckett
Executive Director: City Eye

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