21 Oct 2020

Production Assistant with Inside Job Productions

Do you want to work in film and media production? Are you interested in making a positive impact to the lives of people in custody? Would you like to work with a team driven by creativity and a passion for positive social impact?

We are looking for a Production Assistant to work with us as part of our new Participatory Film Hub in London prisons. This is an excellent opportunity to learn about film production, at the same time as making a positive contribution to the lives of prisoners.

We particularly welcome applications from anyone with lived experience of mental wellbeing issues, and/or of the criminal justice system.

Who are we?

We’re Inside Job Productions (IJP), an award-winning film and digital production company and social enterprise, established in 2006. We create high-quality, thought provoking content for clients across the third, public and private sectors. Recent clients include Johnson & Johnson, NFU Mutual, the Refugee Council, Beat and Sane.

What’s the project?

The Participatory Film Hub is a filmmaking programme that will work across at least three London prisons. The project aims to build empowerment of prison inmates, by using film to tackle the issues they face, including struggles with mental wellbeing. As well as sharing their stories and experiences, inmates will be trained in film and media production.

Would you like to:

• Work in a role that is both creative and has a social impact;
• Work closely with and learn from experienced filmmakers and media producers;
• Receive support to develop as a participatory filmmaker;
• Assist in planning and delivering film shoots;
• Assist with elements of post-production and broadcasting;
• Input creatively into the project and how we deliver it;
• Carry out research into the prison estate and mental health provision;
• Assist in delivering filmmaking workshops with different groups;
• Oversee the publishing and distribution of film content.

Who are we looking for?

We are looking for someone who is passionate about film production and social impact. No qualifications required but you should be able to demonstrate that you have a passion for filmmaking and tackling social issues. Any experience in delivering arts projects (film, theatre, photography or another art form) in a community setting is a plus. You’ll be working to support the Participatory Film Hub’s Project Producer, so this will be a dynamic role that will likely involve working on your own initiative and with partner organisations from time to time.
The role will be split across locations; some days you’ll be working with the Project Producer in the prisons involved, and some days will be spent at the Dalston offices of Inside Job Productions. There will also be flexibility around location and working from home.

This role will give you an insight into film production, a step up into the industry and an opportunity to impact upon the lives of people in prison.

This role is offered on a part time basis – 2/3 days per week (to be discussed).

Hours of work: 9:30 – 17:30 (with one hour for lunch)
Pay: London Living Wage (currently £10.85 per hour)
Place of work: Inside Job Productions, 18-22 Ashwin Street, Dalston, London, E8 3DL

To apply for this opportunity, please send your CV and cover letter (max. one side of A4) stating why you want to be IJP’s next Production Assistant to the Project Producer, Owain Astles – owain@insidejobproductions.co.uk

Deadline for applications: Tuesday 17th November, 12:00

Interviews held: w/c 23rd November

Start date: 14th December (flexible)


“The film industry has a reputation for being tough for those starting out, and that can feel really intimidating, especially when you’re struggling with your mental health. I feel really fortunate to have had the opportunity to begin my career with the support of IJP. I’ve grown massively in confidence and self-esteem, developed my professional and creative skillset, and formed lots of industry contacts. Not only this, but I’ve also come a long way with my recovery through this opportunity and the supportive environment the team offer, allowing me to do what I love every day and realise my potential – it’s been absolutely amazing.”
Tallulah Self – Former Production Trainee