unlock the power of story

we specialise in helping people turn their own life stories into films.

everybody has a story, they just need help to unlock them.

The esc team has over 20 years’ experience working in storytelling, drama and film with socially excluded people. From people with mental illness, young people in care, people with learning disabilities, offenders to victims and survivors of trauma, we’ve helped people to get their stories out and experience release.

We’ve partnered with many local charities and Health Trusts to create safe and supportive spaces for this work to happen. We’d love to talk about what we could do to help the people you work with.

You can watch highlights of our work above or right here.

Our work works. An independent external evaluation found that for every £1 invested in our work with prisoners and ex-prisoners, we produced a Social Return on Investment (SROI) of £10.49. For more information click here.


esc*productions is esc’s social enterprise which provides film-making services from inception of an idea through to completion. It has a wider remit than our core work. Check out our website here.

NI Mental Health Arts & Film Festival (NIMHAFF)

We co-founded NI’s FIRST mental health arts & film festival  –  you can get involved in helping with the next one here.