My Weekend: Aysegul Epengin

Film lecturer Aysegul Epengin at the Portsmouth Film Society studio in The Omega Centre in Portsmouth. 'Picture: Ian hargreaves  (13124-3)
Film lecturer Aysegul Epengin at the Portsmouth Film Society studio in The Omega Centre in Portsmouth. 'Picture: Ian hargreaves (13124-3)
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Chairman of the Portsmouth Film Society, Aysegul Epengin is 38 and lives in Southsea. She’s launching the second annual Portsmouth Green Film Festival this weekend.

When did you last go away and where did you go?

Last summer I went with my family to Bodrum in Turkey. It’s a wonderful place for scuba diving, which is one of my favourite hobbies.

What was the last gig/concert/comedy show you went to?

A very good friend of mine runs a jam session on Wednesday nights at The Auckland Arms. It was a really good mix of blues, jazz and world music. There’s a very interesting combinations of musical styles as different musicians performed together.

What about the last theatre show you saw?

I went to see Blossom Alley by a local company called Cop The Needle Productions. It was at The Cellars at Eastney. It was an interesting drama on local history.

The last book you read?

The Meaning Of Things by A C Grayling. It’s one of those books where I had to re-read some of the chapters. It’s like a life guide and it helps you identify essential topics like sorrow, death, hope and love.

The last film you saw at the cinema or on DVD?

As I’m involved with the Portsmouth Film Society I get to see great films most weeks. Recently we showed the French film Amour which was really powerful. It really touched me.

What’s your favourite way to relax?

I love to be on the beach when it’s warm. Unfortunately it’s always risky in Portsmouth with the weather, but I love to be able to get to Turkey – the sea is always warm and clear.

What do you watch on TV?

I don’t watch much TV, but I quite like Doctor Who (pictured below). I like the new guy as the doctor. I think he’s weird but a fun character.

Which celeb would you most like to spend time with?

I like Paddy Considine as an actor and director. Tyrannosaur is a great film. I also like Jean Dujardin (pictured right). He’s excellent in The Artist.

What’s your signature dish, if you’re cooking?

I love to cook lamb shish kebabs for my friends at barbecues. I like to use a lot of herbs and spices with them.

What about pubs and bars? Where do you go?

I really enjoy The King Street Tavern. Before the smoking ban it was already a nonsmoking pub so it was nice to visit them. It still stands out for being friendly and lively.

Where’s good for a day out locally?

We’ve visited Stansted House a few times. It has a lovely arboretum and beautiful grounds. There’s also a small model railway that the children really enjoy. I also like to go to the New Forest and watch the butterflies and birds.

Do you have any hobbies?

I’m a qualified advanced open-water scuba diver, so I try to keep up my skills in that. At home I also love my garden and making it as beautiful as possible. With my children’s help it’s a lot of fun.