We started Flexible Films in 2002 when Digital Technology made it possible to film and edit and produce films as a small company.
We had both recently completed MA’s in Film making, Russell at the London College of Printing and Sybil at Goldsmiths and were excited by the idea of producing films from start to finish.
Living in Newham at a time of major regeneration gave us opportunities and after winning the Newham Film Fund Award in 2002 we went on to make 10 films for Newham Council.
We partnered with Oxleas NHS Trust in 2004 and set up a mental health filmmaking group, which won a London based NHS award for Best Practice. We facilitated the group for 5 years with funding from the Trust and a further 5 years with independent funding. The group has made 15 films some of which have been broadcast.
In 2005 and 2006 we worked with a Swiss Educational publishing company to produce a series of films as part of the English language curriculum in the Kanton of Zurich. The films and accompanying workbooks have proved to be a success and are still being used in schools.
In 2009 we worked closely with Time to Change and Mind to deliver a number of films for their campaigns.
From 2010 we have been working with the Race Equality Foundation on a number of projects one of which involved training young people to lead focus groups.
In 2011 we worked with the Traveller Community on projects around maternity care and mental health.
In 2012 we worked with the Social Care Institute for Excellence and the British Library recording the stories of looked after children in England. We have since made a number of films for SCIE on co-production and are currently working on a project with Stonewall about the LGBT+ community.
The last 5 years has seen us collaborating with many charities including TLAP, NIHR, SPECTRUM, INVOLVE, United Response, Hackney Carers, Look Ahead, Opening Doors amongst others. We have also worked with large organisations such as Birmingham City Council, Camden as well as NHS England.
Although our main focus is in Health & Social Care, we enjoy exploring all subjects and have worked with many businesses and private enterprises. Film is a great tool for promotion and publicity and we have recently been conducting research with London Universities to develop a new product. We launched Presentation Videos in March this year at Camdens' International Womens' Day Event. We are excited to be using Theatre Venture Stratford as a filming veunue for this.
In June 2017 Flexible Films will be 15 years old so this is a great opportunity for us to reflect and look forward. We are planning a birthday celebration so we can thank our clients and screen some of our work. We feel very privilidged to have been around for so long!