Quintessence directors have many years of experience producing educational films for charities, local government and teaching organisations. From films for Teachers TV to the Imperial War Museum and Channel 4 Schools, we have researched, developed and produced engaging and informative content on a wide range of topics. From historic site orientation films and attitudes to ageing, to a ten-year-old’s polemic on homelessness, our films have changed perceptions beyond the classroom.

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A Child’s Eye View of…

BRIEF: 7 polemical films authored by children

Want to know the definition of ‘datcha’ or the true meaning of ‘sick’?  Unencumbered by adult prejudices, children have a unique perspective on the world.  Developed with over 20 children at a Bristol primary school, these diverse polemics, commissioned by new digital platform BBC Ideas, tell it as it is!  From homelessness to plastics to child speak and what adults forget about being children, these child-authored films give an insight into their world and the values that are important to them.  www.bbc.com/ideas/playlists/a-childs-eye-view

A Prayer for Humanity

BRIEF: Orientation film to provide context and promote debate
CLIENT: Imperial War Museum (IWM)

German Concentration Camps Factual Survey is an official documentary about Nazi atrocities and the concentration camps, compiled with footage shot by combat and newsreel cameramen accompanying troops as they liberated occupied Europe. It was ordered in April 1945 by the Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force. However, the film was not completed. This short introductory film, commissioned by the IWM, provides a context for when and why the film came about.

Acting My Age

BRIEF: Film to promote debate about attitudes to ageing
CLIENT: Bristol City Council

 Authored by actor/poet Dudley Sutton, this film is a colourful mix of documentary, polemic, drama, animation and poetry.  A number of Bristol based artists and performers have been involved in helping Dudley on his quest, including the Malcolm X Elders Theatre Group, the OPA Group at Acta in Bedminster, Travelling Light Youth Theatre, Bristol Old Vic Theatre Company and artist/performer Rose Popay.