About the films

Film Production

Our films were made through partnerships with other non-profit filmmakers including Prison Learning TVCatch21, Cookham Wood Film Club and Media Trust. PET is grateful to the education staff and prison officers who gave us their time and helped to arrange the visits and particularly the prisoners who talked about their personal experiences.

We also had a great deal of creative input from prisoners, especially the talented young people at HMYOI Cookham Wood who appeared in and produced the film Involve, Improve, Inspire with Tim Cronin from Cronin Music Ltd and actor and director Femi Oyeniran.

Learners' Stories

PET would also like to thank our alumni who have appeared in these films for continuing to promote the value of education for prisoners, even after they themselves have left prison. They include Graham Godden and Marticka Sampson, who currently work for the charity Youth Empowerment Services (YES+) and Chris Syrus who has started his own business helping young people start careers in creative industries and features in our film More than Just a Prisoner.

Innovative projects

We have written articles, stories and case studies about some of the people and projects featured in our films. Find out more about our visit to the Bridge Programme, which was featured as a case study in the PLA's Smart Rehabilitation report and in our special enews edition on International Women's Day 2014. To find out more about how the Sports College at HMP Swaleside got started, read about our article on teaching in the prison's gym in summer 2013. Our inspiration for the film Help you, Help me, Help others came from a story we wrote about a visit to HMP Elmley at the beginning of 2013. 

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