We have no group photo as yet so the diagram above will have to do.  But we do have individual photos and mini profiles written by ourselves.  And we asked ourselves to nominate our three favourite films of all time too.  

/your 2019 committee

Jean Middleton - President, Publicity

Hi, my name is Jean Middleton and I joined the CFS late last century because I tired of driving to the city area to see films of choice.  I started out just enjoying the Monday films then joined the Committee in 2014.   Recently I succeeded the late John Arkin as President. I like to bushwalk, travel, read, cook and eat and spend time with friends and family – particularly granddaughters. 

Favourite films has been a lively topic of conversation at dinners over the past two weeks and I still can’t choose  but among those that have stayed with me are  Of Gods and MenMary Poppins and, I shudder when I remember The Wind that Shakes the Barley.  

John Turner - Vice President, Film Selection Survey, Cinema Liaison

My name is John Turner and I have been associated with film societies since 1954 in Manchester (England). I joined Croydon Film Society on arriving here from Perth (WA) in 1973. Currently I am Vice-President and chair of the Film Selection sub-committee. I compile the film selection list for members voting, and liaise with the cinema owners and managers. I am also VP of the Federation of Victorian Film Societies and Treasurer of the Australian Council of Film Societies. Retirement is beginning to look attractive.

Favourite films are Pather Panchali (Satyajit Ray, India 1955),  On The Town (Donen/Kelly USA 1949) and Ae Fond Kiss (Ken Loach, UK 2004) plus many many others.

Christine Paech - Honorary Secretary/IT coordinator

I am Christine Paech. My husband David and I joined CFS many years ago, had a break and returned in 2007. I felt a “calling” to join the CFS committee and I am enjoying my fourth year as a committee member and third as Secretary. We have both enjoyed the very varied range of films that CFS has screened over the years and I was profoundly moved by the film Water  (Director Deepa Mehta) screened many years ago. Favourite Films: (It is hard to list only three!): “Hero” (directed by Zhang Yimou) “The Last Samurai” (directed by Edward Zwick) and “Chocolat” (Directed by Lasse Hallström).

Favourite films -  (It is hard to list only three!):  Hero  (directed by Zhang Yimou) , The Last Samurai  (directed by Edward Zwick) and Chocolat  (directed by Lasse Hallström).

Kevin Purvis - Honorary Treasurer

 I am a recently joined member of CFS and am enjoying having my cinematic horizons broadened. I have recently retired as a Primary School Teacher. My other interests include cycling and lawn bowls. Keeping up with children and 4 grandchildren also keeps Jenny and I quite busy.

Growing up, the favourite film of our family was The Sound of Music. When my children were younger, The Shawshank Redemption was very popular. I am now waiting to find out my next favourite film via the CFS!

Richard Bell - Assistant Treasurer

I am Richard Bell, a long term resident of Croydon. I have been on the CFS committee for many years, during most of which I have been Treasurer. 

There are too many excellent films in different genres to choose only three.

Rosemary Dearman - Newsletter and Website

I have always been a lover of film from age 6 and my first film - Bambi, but became really interested at university in England.  On arrival in Australia in 1969 from London where we feasted on art house cinema, we found nothing in the commercial sphere and so we joined Croydon Film Society and in response to an AGM appeal I joined the committee and have been there ever since with the exception of four years living in Adelaide.  In that time I have done almost every committee job - but never Treasurer - oh no - and it really is time for me to retire.  For many years now I have been responsible for the newsletter and then the website and eNews (now taken over by Stefanie Kruger).  I love films, books, food, France, Italy, family history, the open air and spending time with family and friends.

My three (no four) favourite films - today - Last Year in Marienbad  (Alain Resnais)- (so ground changing), anything by Wong Kar-Wai, Yi-yi  (Edward Yang) , Magnolia  (Paul Thomas Anderson)- and I can't resist - popcorn films - Lord of the Rings, Blade Runner and Love Actually.  But there are so many others too.

Julie Pietsch - Membership Secretary

I am Julie Pietsch. Becoming Membership Secretary of the CFS many many years ago was a good decision. I was gently nudged into the position by fellow Committee member, Richard Bell, and I'm so glad he did. It has been lovely to have met and interacted with so many members, past and present. I've had so much fun being part of the Committee.  I think that new Committee member Jillian, will be happy to follow on from me, and will enjoy it just as much.

Family and travel are favourite pastimes. It is hard to believe that recently I was caught up in a blizzard in Iceland. As you see, I survived!  

A few of the films that I loved and continue to think about are - Dead Poets Society, Babel, Wadjda”(Saudi Arabia) and The Lives of Others  (Germany).

Howard Tankey - Film bookings

I became interested I films from different countries when, in the 60s, I occasionally happened upon films that weren’t from Hollywood. They seemed to be much more interesting and varied. At that time film societies were they only place you could access these films. I haven’t regretted this 

interest. In fact I would be prepared to say I have learned much more about other cultures through film than what I would if I had done the normal tourist visit. 

I am currently responsible for ordering our films and making sure they turn up. I have ‘met’ some 

interesting people during this process.

Howard says he cannot choose just three films

Judith Griffith - House Manager

 I have been a member for about 25 years, 24 on committee. I have the role of house manager.  I set up tables etc at the doors, save seats for committee members and man the door until people arrive. I also send out emails to remind committee members who are doing discussions. 

 I have seen too many films in over 68 years to remember three favourites but I loved “Gone With The Wind”, and still do. 

Stefanie Kruger - eNews

My name is Stefanie Kruger, I currently produce the monthly eNews. It’s a great gig, it’s fun and a great way to pass on information to our members. As a member of the committee, I also partake in other duties, such as handing out Newsletters, scanning membership cards and of course, helping people to their seats in the dark (using my iPhone torch - sorry !!)

 

I’ve been a CFS member for five years and absolutely love the diversity and quality of films shown, and was excited to become a committee member last year !!!

My three favourite films: ARGHH too many to chose from…  Anything by Alfred Hitchcock, Django by Quentin Tarantino, To Kill a Mockingbird

Viki Wright-Rivett - contributor to newsletter & eNews

Hello, I am Viki Wright Rivett, a new member of the CFS Committee.  I would have joined the Society much sooner if I hadn’t been living in Sydney for the last 40 years. It is  one of the joyous rewards for moving here. 

I do various things including zapping tickets, handing out newsletters and contributing to the E-News and the Newsletter - easy for me since I am a former journalist, a feature writer and a film and theatre reviewer. 

My three favourite films:  From a list of about 50 favourites I choose The Godfather Part ll, Kind Hearts and Coronets and Argo.

Jillian McKimm - post screening House Manager, Membership Officer in training

Hello my name is Jillian McKimm. I am a newly elected member of the CFS committee and am not sure what my particular duties are yet. I have been a member of CFS for at least 20 years. The first film I saw when joining was Like water for Chocolate. Maybe someone knows what year that was? I love reading, attending poetry readings, theatre, art, hand sewing, movies, crochet/knitting, eating, dancing, singing and playing with MUK {Melbourne Ukulele Kollective} The main interests in my life are Barry {hubby} Erin, Caitlin {children} Eva, Delia and Leo {grandchildren}.

I think CFS is fabulous!  How lucky are we?

Most memorable movie since I was a child - The Incredible Journey -  I LOVED this one + Amélie, Into the Woods (musical)