About us

Belle Vue produces innovative film content and creative research for cultural and heritage organisations, helping those we work with reach and understand their audiences in new ways.

We create informative and engaging digital content for a range of platforms – including AV installations for museum and gallery exhibitions, online and social media campaigns, and internal evaluation and research.

Our films help diverse communities share their stories and cultural organisations to tell the world about what they do and why it matters.

The organisations we work for include Greater Manchester Combined Authority, National Museums Liverpool, Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester Museum, Tate Plus, The Whitworth, and the University of Manchester on projects funded by the Churches Conservation Trust, Arts Council England, Heritage Lottery Fund and The Paul Hamlyn Foundation.

Who we are

We are creatives with professional experience in broadcast TV, interpretation design and digital media production. As researchers we have academic interests in museum practice, historical research and audience engagement.

Sophie Everest PhD has worked extensively in TV production for BBC, ITV and Channel 4. Her research looks at film in museum contexts and she lectures in filmmaking for academic research.

Andrew Hardman PhD has extensive experience in the creative industries. He has published research on collecting, preserving and displaying artist’s studios and studio artefacts and is an honorary research fellow in the Institute for Cultural Practices, The University of Manchester.

Benjamin Knowles PhD is a historian and film-maker, shooting and directing documentaries for the BBC, ITV, Channel Five and Sky. His academic research focuses on memorialisation and modern British history.

Nick Mattingly is an award-winning observational documentary filmmaker, shooting and directing series for BBC One, BBC Two, ITV, Channel 4 and BBC 4 – creating compelling stories from both the extraordinary and the everyday.