Postcard Productions is a multiple award-winning production company that specialises in making film content that engages with social change. Formed by Sam Forsdike and Richard Bentley in 2010, their simple concept was to make films that matter and drive issue-led subject matter through human stories.
Our work mixes online content for a range of clients in the charity and third sectors with innovative broadcast documentaries. In 2014 we created the exciting #findmike campaign that became a viral phenomenon and led to the Channel 4 documentary The Stranger on the Bridge which won a Bulldog Award and was nominated for the Grierson and Royal Television Society awards.
Our passion is for using film to give a voice to people who might not otherwise have such a platform, and creating visually exciting and thought-provoking narratives around these. 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 where he worked as a Researcher and Associate Producer on a number of programmes including profiles of Michael Sheen, the RSC, Judi Dench and Ian McEwan. He then worked as a freelance documentary Producer on films 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 short-listed at the 2015 Griersons as the Director in Best Documentary on a Contemporary Theme and long-listed for Best Newcomer Documentary.
Sam can usually be found attached to a cup of tea and is the first person in the office to mandate working from our beach in the yard when the sun is shining.
Richard Bentley – Creative Director
Richard has over ten years in broadcast television having worked for many of the UK’s leading production companies and in this time he has amassed a vast and varied amount of experience.
He has produced and directed observational documentaries for all the major broadcasters including The Sex Clinic, Junior Doctors: Your Life in Their Hands , Police Missing Person's Unit, Nurses, 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 for Best Breakthrough 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 joined the Postcard team in 2010 as a Director of Photography and editor, bringing 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 – Theatre Director & Film 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 went on to edit the sequel "Jake Not Finished Yet".
Lizzie’s broadcast credits include Hamlet from Stage to Screen, Dr Who, Touchwood and Everest Beyond The Limit.
Lizzie looks after our emerging theatre department in Bristol and is currently developing stage content with our theatre team. 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 - Cross Platform Producer
Jonny began making films about mental health on YouTube in 2010. His films have since been viewed hundreds of thousands of times. In 2012 Jonny began his career in television working for a production company in Manchester. He later progressed and became a reporter on a BBC Three documentary about mental illness. He had a book of his poetry, Pill After Pill, published. Jonny now specialises in producing cross platform content that engages with social change and advising on implementation of social media in communications.
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.
Most recently she's worked as a producer on 'The Stranger on the Bridge' (2015) for Channel 4 with Postcard Productions, combining both her expertise in user generated content and impact producing to reach over 350 million people worldwide through the #findmike campaign in association with charity Rethink Mental Illness.
As well as this 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.