Postcard is an award-winning creative film agency that specialises in making innovative and thought-provoking film content that engages with social change - and makes a difference. We believe that the medium of film is an incredibly powerful force that can be used to challenge the way we think – whether this be through a short social media clip you watch on your phone or a feature length documentary at the cinema.
We are storytellers and at the heart of our work is the drive to give a voice to those people who may not otherwise have such a platform. We pride ourselves on finding new and creative ways of telling such stories so that they will resonate with viewers and inspire them to take the action that will leave a lasting impact from the film.
Formed by Sam Forsdike and Richard Bentley in 2010, our simple concept was to make films that matter and drive issue-led subject matter through human stories. Our work cuts across platforms from online to broadcast films such as The Stranger on the Bridge (C4).
Our passion is for using film to give a voice to people who might not otherwise have such a platform, creating visually exciting and thought-provoking narratives around these and devising integrated strategies to engage audiences. Our content has led to successfully changing laws, generating vital awareness about important causes and sometimes just helping pass away an evening on the sofa!
We would never describe ourselves as film-make-ahs, but a company you can sit down for a cuppa with and chat about our pet-project of alpaca-farming, or play with our outstanding collection of wind-up toys. So whether you’re interested in making a film with us or just want to swing by and see the infamous Heart of Postcards, come say hello!
Sam Forsdike – Creative Director
Sam graduated from Oxford University and started his broadcast career at the award winning South Bank Show. He then worked as a freelance producer on documentaries including Love on the Transplant List (BBC3), Class and Culture (BBC2) and God Save The Queens (Sky Atlantic). Sam has also worked as a Development Producer for a number of independent production companies securing documentary commissions for the BBC, ITV, C4, and Sky.
He was nominated at the 2015 Griersons as the Director in Best Documentary on a Contemporary Theme for The Stranger on the Bridge and also long-listed for Best Newcomer Documentary.
Sam is the first person in the office to mandate working from ‘The Beach’ in the yard when the sun is shining. It doesn’t seem to matter if this is in June or December.
Richard Bentley – Creative Director
Richard has over fifteen years in broadcast television having produced and directed observational documentaries for all the major broadcasters including Police Missing Person’s Unit, The Sex Clinic, Junior Doctors: Your Life in Their Hands , Party Paramedics and Doctors Are Human Too as well as a series of films for The One Show. Richard also produced and directed the online content for the Radio 2 Chris Evans Breakfast Show. Working alongside presenter Chris Evans and well known sporting personalities.
Throughout his time in television Richard has worked on the development of some of the UK’s leading household TV brands and his filming has taken him across the globe. He was nominated for the 2016 Royal Television Society Awards in the Best Breakthrough category and was also shortlisted for the BBC Fresh Director scheme with his film for the ‘It’s A Mad World’ season.
Richard is responsible for alpaca corner, though it has recently been infiltrated by several donkeys. Which is ok, as long as they come in fun colours.
Matt Watt - Director of Photography
Matt brings to Postcard his experience from the commercial sector with clients such as Bowers and Wilkins, the Ritz Carlton and Maserati.
He has worked across a wide range of shortform content for our charity and not-for-profit clients creating cutting edge films that lead the way in engaging with audiences. In addition he has directed feature films and his first outing ‘Coincidence’ was recently shown on Sky television.
A keen skater, Matt has also been instrumental in setting up the Postcard Climbing Club, which professes enthusiasm over expertise.
Lizzie Minnion – Editor
Lizzie has extensive experience in theatre and film, working with actors, writers and directors. Lizzie was the Co-founder of Calling The Shots, a Bristol Production company who have a long history of edgy independent film-making. She directed two film dramas for CTS and has been nominated for several prestigious awards. Her film Looking For Diana won a Royal Television Society award and was selected for the BBC film festival.
Lizzie has a passion for story-telling and a strong track record in independent film. She edited the award winning feature length documentary The Ballad of Vicki and Jake and it’s much-anticipated sequel Jake Not Finished Yet.
Lizzie’s broadcast credits include Hamlet from Stage to Screen, Dr Who, Touchwood and Everest Beyond The Limit.
Lizzie is the Creative Director of our theatre department in Bristol and with a penchant for fine stationery she is always the one around the table with a new notepad – and if she has it her way, Patch the dog on her feet.
Jonny Benjamin - Producer
Jonny began making films about mental health on YouTube in 2010. He later progressed and became a reporter on a BBC Three documentary about mental illness before fronting the award-winning documentary, The Stranger on the Bridge. He has since been awarded an MBE for his services to speaking about mental health and travels the world speaking on this issue.
He is an ambassador for our social enterprise Pixel Learning which takes the best of documentaries and imagines them into interactive workshops that encourage participants to reflect on the issues within them in their own lives. ThinkWell, our workshop based on Stranger on the Bridge, has appeared in schools, workplaces and even Kensington Palace!
Jonny likes nothing better than a good campaigning t-shirt and is without a doubt the team member most likely to return to the office with the best – and most peculiar – holiday presents.
Natasha Coleman - Producer
Since graduating with first class honours in English and a diploma in journalism Natasha has worked for the charity sector for over ten years producing both written and film content to educate, campaign and impact upon social issues for charities including Rethink Mental Illness, MindWise, MindWise Australia, Cancer Institute NSW, Royal College of Psychiatrists, Guide Dogs, Schizophrenia Commission, CALM and SGI International.
She's involved in various community based film projects to promote well being in the community and bring together charities, film makers and corporate funders to create new and inspiring ways of communicating through film.
She's also executive producer on the short film initiative the Listeners Project, bringing together new and existing filmmakers in empty spaces across London to create stories in 24 hours.
As our resident fashion guru Natasha leads the way in the hat stakes and was the winner of the inaugural Postcard Productions Wind Up Toy Race.
At the heart of all our content is a desire to engage with social change and use the medium of film to reach out to people so as to bring about positive action that makes a difference in the world.
The Postcard Foundation has been set up to build on this ethos, exploring ways of using film to help good causes, give a platform to voices that struggle to be heard and share the skills and expertise of our team.
This is through offering pro-bono services, from film-making to digital training workshops to strategic consultancy.
But it also includes committing to being a Disability Confident employer and supporting our local community, such as cooking lunch for 60 people at a drop-in service for the homeless.