We create moving and still images
that tell stories about people's lives
make complex issues understandable
and unlock understanding about tomorrow's world


Key Pictures is an award-winning production & communications company producing innovative storytelling for traditional and new media.

We specialise in making content with substance whether it be one-off creative documentaries, TV series, photo-reportage, educational or marketing films. Whatever the subject, we turn complex ideas and issues into engaging, entertaining and informative stories.


We have a proven track record of getting close to the people we work with and discovering the remarkable in their stories.


Our work takes its viewers

on an emotional, empathetic and informative journey.


Iraq – panoramas


Panoramas taken on an Xpan film camera by Simon Hipkins whilst travelling around Kurdistan and Northern Iraq in 2013 during research for the web documentary, Iraq: Anatomy of Violencemore

Iraq – portraits


A few portraits from one of our projects currently in development – Iraq: Anatomy of Violence. more


We also provide production services:


  • Multicamera streaming production
  • B-roll coverage/Camera hire with operators
  • Video editing
  • Event/portrait photography
  • Photography editing/retouching
  • NFT production
  • Motion graphics
  • Music composition/production
  • Sound design/audio mixing


Simon Hipkins

Founder + Film-maker/Photographer

Simon has worked professionally in photography and film for 15 years. In television he’s worked as a director/producer, cameraman and editor for documentaries for the BBC and Channel Four. His short films have won numerous awards including a BAFTA nomination and the ‘Best Fiction’ prize at the Tehran International Film Festival.

In 2013 Simon was named as one of the winners of the Magenta Foundation’s Emerging Photographer Awards for his photostory on the town of Ostrava in the Czech Republic. His recent multimedia project in Iraq was a finalist for the prestigious Dorothea Lange–Paul Taylor Prize.

Simon founded Key Pictures to create an environment where still and moving image storytelling could come together in a thoughtful and purposeful manner.

Charly Feldman


Charly Wai Feldman joined Key Pictures in 2017 as a producer and director. She has an extensive track record producing documentaries globally with a particular focus on Asia.

She recently series produced ‘The Talwars: Behind Closed Doors’ for HBO Asia which won an Asian Academy Creative Awards for best documentary series. She has numerous credits as director for Channel News Asia. She series produced ‘Inside the Cryptokingdom’ and directed two of the episodes.

Julio Pereira


Julio is producer/director/writer with a proven track recorded making documentaries, commercials and short fiction. His films have been screened at festivals worldwide and included in the Short Corner at Cannes.

He has worked as a producer/director for Channel 4 (UK) and CNA (Singapore) and was a creative writer/producer for Fox International for 5 years.

Originally from Portugal, he lived in London for 12 years where he studied Film at Birkbeck – University of London. He currently resides in Barcelona and Lisbon.


David McAulay

Composer + Sound Designer

David McAulay has been working in the music industry for 15 years as artist, producer, composer, sound designer and, more recently, music supervisor.

As a composer, he’s written for a broad range of productions, including adverts for Seat Automobiles, Nintendo and Nordea Bank, television documentaries for the BBC and Channel 4 and various award-winning independent dramas.

He recently worked as the music supervisor and sound designer with Mercury nominated King Creosote on the feature length film, ‘From Scotland With Love’ (Commissioned by the BBC and Creative Scotland for the Commonwealth Games 2014).

Dominic Hipkins

Investigative Journalist + Researcher

Dominic has worked in more than twenty countries, often undercover, for a variety of international broadcasters and national print media.

He was the first journalist to uncover the CIA ‘black site’ in Poland where Guantanamo-bound detainees were tortured. Other investigations have seen him infiltrate criminal gangs and extremist groups.

Throughout his career he has worked closely with NGOs such as the Institute of War and Peace Reporting to help bring justice and create greater accountability. His work has led to successful prosecutions of organised crime figures and war criminals and his stories in the Balkans helped strengthen witness protection schemes and intervened to halt human rights abuses of minority groups.


Photographers/Film-makers/Video Editors

In addition to our core staff we have a growing number of associate members working across the globe in all areas of production.


We put every image and story we create through a rigorous editorial process to ensure our films have the greatest integrity and value.



Capturing the story of two-decades of immigration and delivering it in a format which would connect with a wider audience was a huge challenge, which Key Pictures met. Their hard work, dedication and professionalism has filled in a missing chapter of Irish history and shone a spotlight on a story that was in danger of being forgotten.

Sr. Stanislaus Kennedy, Founder of The Immigrant Council of Ireland and commissioner of our film series, 'Moving Lives'

The film Key Pictures created is perfectly pitched, lively throughout and beautifully crafted. It communicates exactly the message we want to disseminate about the reasons that inspire people to study Italian.

Charles Burdett, Chair, Society of Italian Studies and commissioner of our film, 'Choose Italian'


If you have a project to discuss or production requirement, please get in touch.


Key Pictures

+44 (0) 7760492441

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