Case Studies

Manchester Probation Service

"Sentenced to Change" is a programme commissioned by Greater Manchester Probation Service to raise awareness of the work of the service. The programme featured a variety of community projects and training sessions in which offenders were confronted and challenged about their offending behaviour. Originally commissioned for use in training magistrates, the film has gone on to be used to promote the Probation Service and as an educational aid in Universities.

A rewarding segment of our work has been the community productions we have undertaken. From a portrait of the work of 100 Black Men, a charity that mentors disadvantaged youngsters from ethnic minorities, to a video on the Disability Discrimination Act, we have produced work directly for charities and community groups.

Sometimes grant or publicly funded, sometimes sponsored, we have also led production projects facilitating others to make their own films, where the experience of the collaborative filmmaking process is as important as the end result.

Quintessence directors helped primary school children in the Isles of Scilly realise their own documentary "Childhood in Scilly", which was short-listed for the Celtic Film Festival and sold for many years through island shops as a sell-through DVD. More recently, we have taken leading roles in a project working with teenagers in care which culminated in the short film "Jason's Room" (further details on the drama page).