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We are a filmmaking organisation specialising in information, documentary and arts films.

We have been commissioned by: Arts Council England, Age UK, Age Exchange, BBC Disability Programmes Unit, BFI (British Film Institute) Southbank, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Disability Arts Online, Drake Music, Hounslow Social Services and PCT, Inspire Me Education, London Councils (Barking & Dagenham, Bromley, Greenwich, Hammersmith & Fulham, Kensington & Chelsea, Lewisham, Merton, Southwark and Westminster) London South Bank University, Mayor of London (GLA), Mind Hammersmith, North Herts Council Education Services, Royal College of Psychiatry, SHAPE Arts, South London and Maudsley NHS Trust, Southbank Centre, Wrocławskie Centrum Twórczości Dziecka (The Wroclaw Centre for Children's Creativity).
What we provide:

  • Excellent quality and cost effective filmmaking
  • Bespoke Project Management tailored to your needs and requirements
  • An innovative and eye-catching visual approach, combined with concise delivery of information

People and groups we work with

We work with a wide range of people and communities - including those who are vulnerable and hard to reach: multicultural groups, children/young people, older people, disabled people and those with long term illnesses, people with learning difficulties, people who use mental health services and support, people who use drug and alcohol support services, lesbian and gay and single sex support groups.

We also provide a service for Filmmaking with Businesses & their Local Communities >>

Distribution and dissemination

Our films can be distributed across whole communities, borough councils, hospitals, GP practices and polyclinics, schools, colleges and universities. They can be shown at national and local cinemas, on TV and through government funded, council and third sector information centres, websites and local libraries, galleries, museums and exhibition centres. They can also be shown via local and community organisations including self-help groups, disability groups, youth clubs, lunch clubs and places of worship.

We have a wide variety of organisations and networks that we work with and we can offer help and advice.

Consultation services

If you are thinking of creating your own film project, then we supply consultation services, where we listen intently to your  ideas, offer advice and strategies to empower those ideas and help with applications for funding and guidance in finding partnerships.

We Also Provide

A filmmaking service aimed specifically at enabling and supporting service users and participants to film, edit and produce their own projects to a professional level.

We have a proven track record of empowering people to work together to make their own films. Our knowledge base and skill sets are transferable to all people within any organisation or community, because our service is a person-centred approach.

  • Customer/participant endorsement of initiatives and services
  • Service user/project participant consultation, involvement & training
  • Team building experience & skill development for participants & staff
  • Facilitation in the improvement of communication & self assessment for individual participants & staff, community groups, organisations & service providers
  • Personal empowerment of hard to reach & vulnerable people

'Sonic Vistas'
Sonic Vistas
Duration: 10:00    Play Film >>
Sonic Vistas is a music and visual art projection project for an ensemble of deaf and disabled musicians, initiated and led by Ivan Riches. Integrating audio, visuals & access via AMT (assistive music technology), it has become a new, crossover art-form.

The performance with projected visuals & use of AMT was a totally live audio-visual show by a deaf rapper, disabled & severely physically disabled musicians, for an audience of deaf, disabled & non-disabled people at Mayor of London's Liberty Festival 2015 on the 26th of July. Part of that performance was captured by Channel 4 and shown as part of their Nation Paralympic Day programme aired on Saturday 2nd of August 2015.

'Talk About Art' (Ophelia)
Talk About Art - Ophelia
Duration: 01:41    Play Film >>
talk about…Art is a new, creative and educational initiative, based in South East London, aiming to promote a greater interest in the visual arts among people of all generations, but particularly teenagers and young people.

Students from St Matthew Academy in Lewisham, worked with us to produce reponses to works of art by the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. These responses were then incorporated into an exhibition, using 'Augmented Reality' via the LAYAR App, as enhanced digital content.


'Connect and Collaborate London'
Connect and Collaborate London
Duration: 29:04    Play Film >>
Connect & Collaborate London (C&CL) was a Drake Music initiative which aimed to locate and empower disabled artists/ musicians across London and facilitate them to work together on commissions, projects and events.

Drake Music worked in partnership with organisations including Arts Connect, BFI Southbank, Horniman Museum, Shape Arts and some of our artist/ musicians performed at City Hall and the Mayor of London's Liberty Festival 2014. Iinitial funding and support was from City Bridge Trust and Arts Council England.

'Chinatown, My Chinatown'
Chinatown My Chinatown
Duration: 05:16    Play Film >>
Chinatown, My Chinatown is an old 1910 song by William Jerome and Jean Schwartz, here reinterpreted by John Kelly, Mik Scarlet and Matthew Woodcock. This is a Drake Music commission for disabled musicians participating in the Connect and Collaborate London programme. This project was initiated, arranged, recorded and mixed by Drake Music associate musician Gary Day.

The piece is played on a range of music technology including iPhone, IPads and switch for synth Vox. The iPad and iPhone apps include GarageBand, FingerJam and Sunrizer. Some of the lyrics were rewritten by John Kelly, inspired by his experiences of London's Chinatown.

'Children of The Great War'
( Single Screen Version)
Sonic Vistas
Duration: 50:38    Play Film >>
An Installation by Simon Puriņš and Ivan Riches.

Throughout 2013-14, Age Exchange worked across London to record interviews with members of the London public. The focus was on how families were affected by the conflict then, and across subsequent generations. People shared immensely moving personal histories, passed down from within their family. Age Exchange worked in partnership with many fine organisations across London to carry out open days, recording 130 interviews, as well as digitalising 5300 personal letters, photographs and period artefacts, brought by interviewees to the activity. This unparalleled collection of Londoners' family First World War histories will rest with the international archive Europeana 1914-1918, for the learning of future generations. These personal stories of parents, grandparents, uncles and aunts from across the Home Front, the battlefields, skies and the sea, inspired this installation as well as a new play.


'Court Whispering'
Court Whispering
Duration: 12:16    Play Film >>
Court Whispering was a collaborative performance project developed in partnership between English National Ballet, Historic Royal Palaces and Open Age.

Inspired by stories of 'The Glorious Georges' at Historic Royal Palaces, Open Age dancers worked with English National Ballet choreographers and composers to develop a creative performance that shared the sense of gossip and intrigue surrounding the Georgian Court at Kensington Palace.

After two months of intense workshops, dancers performed for nearly 300 people at the Banqueting House, helping the audience gain a better understanding of the Georgian Court through movement, music and participation.


'A String Of Pearls'
Crime Prevention Advice for Older People Part 3 - Safety At Home
Duration: 16:44    Play Film >>
A String of Pearls is a short film produced by Malcolm Jones and filmed and directed by Ivan Riches for the Victoria and Albert Museum in London as part of the current exhibition called PEARLS.

It was made to link the subject and content of the Pearls Exhibition with a wider community. Showing how something that might appear rather exclusive actually touches a lot of peoples’ lives.

This is an example of our 'arts for museums work', showcasing how museum’s can invest in engaging with community groups and local schools, to encourage a wider demographic to be inspired by exhibitions/collections and to share their experiences online.


'The Brazilian Connection'
Crime Prevention Advice for Older People Part 3 - Safety At Home
Duration: 05:37    Play Film (subtitled) >>
Film by Ivan Riches and Ben Glass showcasing Ben Glass's 'Brazilian Connection' Project. This short documentary shows Ben interviewing Evelyn Glennie and talking to her about his project. An international project involving a live performance in Brazil by Ben and Billy Saga to a pre-recorded backing track mixed and produced by Ivan Riches, with Evelyn Glennie, Charlotte White and disabled musicians supported by Drake Music, from CEDA, Claremont and the 'In Motion' project, to a projected film by Ivan Riches.



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