About us

Belle Vue are a film and digital media production company based in Manchester, specialising in producing film content for arts, learning and heritage organisations. We believe that film is a way to engage communities and audiences, both in the process of their making and through viewing the final output.

We work with our partners and their funders to recognise and realise the potential of film-making, combining our specialist interests with extensive experience in long and short form programme-making for broadcast, exhibition and online media.

Belle Vue have an understanding and passion for arts and heritage across a broad spectrum: from dance to theatre and music, from historic collections and heritage buildings to contemporary art, and everything in-between.

Our experience and expertise in the arts, learning and heritage sectors mean we understand the aspirations of our partners and their funders. We’ve worked and learned from leaders in the field. Past partners and funders include Manchester Museum, the Whitworth, Manchester Art Gallery, Grizedale Arts, Tate Plus, the University of Manchester, UCLan, the Heritage Lottery Fund, Arts Council England and the Churches Conservation Trust.

Belle Vue offer a complete production service: from the research and development of projects including funding bid writing, archive research and engagement activities; through all filmmaking and editing; to post-production, graphics and the creation of digital platforms for film media. We can also assist with reporting and evaluation of projects.

Our team

Sophie Everest PhD is a filmmaker with eight years production experience for the BBC, ITV and Channel 4. She moved into the museum and heritage sector after completing an AHRC-funded PhD about film and the museum at the University of Manchester. She teaches film practice for academic research at the University of Manchester.

Andrew Hardman
 PhD is a cultural historian and heritage consultant. He has extensive experience of working with organisations in the cultural sector and expertise in developing engaging heritage narratives and engagement strategies. Andrew has published research examining the archiving, conservation and display of artist studio materials and is an associate lecturer in visual culture at the University of Manchester.


Benjamin Knowles PhD is a filmmaker who has worked in broadcast television for the BBC and ITV. His AHRC-funded history PhD at the University of Manchester used his filmmaking practice to explore the memory of the Second World War. Ben also teaches on an MA film production course for the history department at the University of Manchester.


Nick Mattingly is an award-winning observational documentary filmmaker, shooting and directing series for BBC One, BBC Two, ITV, Channel 4 and BBC 4. His credits include Indian Hill Railways (BBC 4), Strangeways (ITV), Restaurant Wars (BBC Two), and Class of 92’ (BBC One). Nick specialises in getting the best from his contributors in interview and actuality, creating compelling stories from both the extraordinary and the everyday.


Our core team is flexible and scalable according to the scope of the brief. When needed, we work with a trusted network of freelance production staff (camera operators, sound engineers, editors, runners etc.).

We often work with an extended team of freelance production staff and are always happy to hear from people interested in what we do. If you would like to work with us, please get in touch.