Services We Offer

We are a Birmingham & West Midlands based, creative film & video company with over 15 years broadcast production experience.


We are professional filmmakers who produce observational, music and archive rich history documentaries and transmedia content. Distinctive in style and focus, our films are entertaining and innovative and all have great stories at their heart.

In addition to producing our own work we collaborate with other producers and increasingly with arts, heritage and cultural organisations to produce projects and provide broadcast and multi-platform consultancy.

Corporate Films

Our extensive broadcast and corporate communications experience with a diverse range of clients and business sectors, means that we deliver high quality, creative and engaging content to enhance and promote your business, organisation or event.

With a full in-house production service from initial idea to finished film and multi-format options, from web delivery and podcasts through to DVDs, we can provide a bespoke package to suit your specific needs.

Production Services

Hark Pictures provide full production services on both local and international projects from initial consultation to production and post-production.

Whether you’re in the early stages and need help with research or strategy, in production and looking for crew and kit or in post-production our experienced and creative team can help. We work regularly with creative talent in the UK and internationally and we love a good story!


Here are some examples of our current and previous projects and the variety of work we do.

"...we've been delighted with the end products they've delivered;

they've been beautiful, thoughtful pieces of filmmaking which have

proved really successful in achieving our aims and popular with


Ally Davies, Digital Content Editor, English Heritage

About us

Producing branded content and distinctive documentaries for Cinema, TV and online.

Hark Pictures is a Birmingham based, West Midland film & video production company.  We specialise in making distinctive documentaries for cinema, television and the web.

In addition to independent documentaries, Hark Pictures work with a talented bunch of creatives to deliver high quality promotional content for the arts, charitable and corporate sectors.

Our documentary projects span a range of subjects from history to pop culture, personal films to arts programming. We produce shorts and feature and documentary based transmedia projects. We love working with archive and much of our work features distinctive treatment of archive material across multiple platforms.

We Are Hark

Holly Elson

Producer & Director

Holly is an experienced filmmaker who combines archive with a contemporary cinematic approach to tell unique personal stories. She has made documentaries for the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Discovery and UKTV History. Credits include: “The Tie That Binds” (BBC) a film about the intrigue of family secrets, “Pauline, Sheila and Joan” for BBC (nominated for a Royal Television Society Award for best documentary), “Recycled History of Recycling” for C4 (supported by Britdoc) and music documentaries about The Rolling Stones (BBC) and Elton John. Holly was selected for Emerging Visions, a program honoring 25 breakout filmmakers hosted by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Independent Feature Project, as part of the New York Film Festival.

Claire Thomas

Senior Producer

Claire is a highly experienced producer who has worked in on a wide variety of flagship shows for ITV's entertainment department, including Star Lives, The Vault, Family Fortunes and The Paul O’Grady Show. While at ITV, Claire also produced the Rank film biography series in conjunction with the Restoration Project. She has worked on live events including the Evening Standard Film and Theatre Awards, and the London Food and Drink Awards. As a freelance producer Claire has also delivered documentaries for Five and A&E Network and factual entertainment and comedy series for Sky, working with a wide range of UK and international on-screen talent.

Matt Hale

Editor & DOP

Matt is an experienced editor and DP with 15 years industry experience. His DP credits include short fiction, documentaries and factual series. As an editor, Matt has cut a variety of single docs, series and specials in music, history and lifestyle programming. In addition to his corporate and feature documentary work with Hark Pictures, his credits include The Tie That Binds and Pauline, Sheila and Joan for the BBC, The Real James Dean for Ovation, Bob Dylan: Phenomenon, Nirvana Videography and a host of military history series for PBS, History Channel and Discovery. Matt’s short fiction film First Bout screened at several festivals.

Tess Mawle

Assistant Producer

Tess is a creative Assistant Producer, passionate about factual, human interest and contributor-led content with a solid foundation in coordinating and research. As a freelancer she has worked on a variety of projects from award winning rig and observational documentary series to event television, current affairs to one off specials for BBC1, BBC2, BBC3, BBC4, Channel 4 and Sky Arts.

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+44 (0)121 288 8604