Changing lives through film
As a social enterprise, our mission is to have a positive impact on the world around us. At Inside Job Productions our focus is on supporting people with lived experience of mental health, providing training and employment opportunities for those underrepresented in the film industry, supporting those in the criminal justice system, and engaging marginalised communities.
If you want to have a social impact, achieve your ESG goals, work with an organisation with a purpose, and make a difference - all while getting great film content that packs a punch, we want to hear from you.
These are a few of the projects and schemes we have run over the years.
Through our Production Trainee Scheme we offer training and employment opportunities. Paying the London Living Wage, we train an individual over a 6-9 month period on key skills needed in film production, and they work on live projects such as our Mental Health Media Production Unit in prisons, with Clinks, and our new venture with Rethink Mental Illness.
Ayo says: “It has been an honour to work with a company that uses film production and media training to tackle and bring awareness to such important social issues. I am so grateful for all the new skills I have acquired, and the trust that was put in me as a production assistant.”
We have been employing a Production Trainee to develop, create, shoot and edit content for Rethink Mental Illness’ new TikTok channel, aiming to reach people with mental illness and challenge the stereotypes that prevail.
It has been so successful that we are continuining the scheme with Rethink Mental Illness and also employing a trainee to work with ThriveLDN.
Since beginning in 2020, the Mental Health Media Production Unit has worked with over 100 people in the criminal justice system, producing over 20 films and reaching 7000 prisoners. The programme, at HMP Wandsworth and HMP Isis, with a grant from His Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service, focused on mental health and the wellbeing that comes from engaging with film.
Rus, a participant said: “I’ve learnt so much in such a short amount of time working with Owain, Kiz and the Inside Job Productions team. When I look back at where I was just a few months ago, I can’t believe how much I’ve been able to do. I really hope to continue developing my skills in filmmaking and bring it to my community.”
At present, women reentering the community after prison face more significant challenges in securing employment compared to men with major barriers in accessing job opportunities, training, or educational programmes. It is estimated that 17,000 children are affected by maternal imprisonment every year
The Media House at Downview was a scheme designed to provide female prisoners with skills and experience in film and media making, with a view to improving mental wellbeing and employability. Each participant undertakes the BTEC National Certificate in Media Production over 20 weeks and can stay on and become part of Broadcasting Unit, leading production of programmes for prison’s TV channel and create professionally produced media products for prisons in London and the south east.
The Prison Radio project in Wandsworth Prison was launched in Jan 2004 by Cherie Booth. Through London Metropolitan University participcants studied the BTEC National Award in Radio, and gained in work training and education, supporting them with routes into employment and resettlement. The course was deliberately chosen to modular and offer each student a choice, which is empowering in a context where this freedom is often denied. They applied for job roles, as they would in a work environment. The Prison Radio Outreach Project worked alongside students in working out personal ambitions for training and employment, as well as any substance misuse or housing issues and a partnership withOpen Book at UoL Goldsmiths College supported ex-prisoners into degree programmes.
Those in the Gypsy Traveller community often find themselves facing stigma and prejudice. When it comes to health and resources, the perceived barriers to accessing support creates vulnerability to negative health and social outcomes among Gypsies and Travellers. Research has found that mental illness is very highin the Gypsy and Traveller community, often linked to poverty, social exclusion and stigma. Savvy Chavvy was a unique social networking site, which grew to a membership of over 4000, to support young travellers and gypsies to keep in touch with each other. Users were provided with training in podcasting and video blogging skills.
Young Dads TV is a project initiated to improve young fathers’ visibility and recognition and help address the complex web of challenges and barriers which all too often result in young fathers being distant figures in their children’s lives. Young Dads TV was the UK’s first information service for young dads to help improve their visibility and recognition and to boost their confidence and self esteem. The website and dedicated YouTube channel became invaluable resources for young dads nationwide.
This project involved a series of film-based workshops in secondary schools around the UK which looked at ways in which children experiencing mental health problems could unpack and explore the issues which were of concern to them.
This was a user-led website with video content created for and by women leaving custody and seeking out peer support and guidance on subjects from childcare and family life, accommodation, finding employment and gaining new qualifications.