Film and Photography
We tell stories about people's lives
Intimate emotional documentary


Key Pictures is a new production company making creative documentaries and photo stories.

We are a team of highly skilled producer/directors, photojournalists, sound designers and video editors. In total, we have over 70 years experience working in the film, television and print/web industries. Together, we tell innovative visual stories, which intimately portray people’s lives and the complexities of their environments.


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


Our work takes its viewers on an emotional and empathetic journey.


Latest documentary for Al Jazeera English


‘Sisters of the Blood Feud’, our second documentary for Al Jazeera English will be broadcast tonight (Sunday 11 June) at 22.30 GMT and all next week (details below).


‘The Return’ selected for feature development


We very happy to announce our project, ‘The Return’ has been selected to take part in DocWorks: UA/UK – a feature documentary training programme run by the British Council and DocuDays UA.


First documentary for Al Jazeera now complete


There’s been a long silence on our website recently as we’ve been busy making our first documentary for Al Jazeera English.

We are now very happy to announce that ‘In the Valley of Guns and Roses’ is now complete!

The film concerns the struggles of a single mother who works in a weapons factory in Bulgaria’s Rose Valley.

The film will be broadcast at the following times and is now available to watch online.


‘The Circle’ Kickstarter campaign success


Thanks to everyone who backed our Kickstarter crowd funding campaign and shared our many posts over the last few weeks! We made it!

100 people helped us raise £6000 in just 25 days.

Please keep an eye on our Facebook page The Circle where we will post regular updates.


‘Misan’ wins Special Jury Prize


We are pleased to announce that our film, ‘Misan’ from the Moving Lives series was awarded a Special Jury Prize at the Irish Council for Civil Liberties Human Right Film Awards 2015.

The film was subsequently discussed on National Radio and in the Irish Press, and has since received 34,000 hits on vimeo.



In addition to film and photography commissions, we also provide bespoke training and production services:


  • Event/portrait photography
  • Video camera hire with operators
  • Photography editing/retouching
  • Video editing
  • Motion graphics
  • Music composition/production
  • Sound design/audio mixing
  • Training in documentary production/editing


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.

Ariadna Fatjo-Vilas

Video Editor

Ariadna was an editor on the Oscar nominated documentary, ‘The Act of Killing’.

Originally from Barcelona, she settled London after graduating from the UK National Film and Television School. She has worked for BBC, Channel 4, PBS, Canal+, RTE and MTV and her films have been screened in festivals worldwide, including Berlinale, Toronto, Sundance and Tribeca.

Accolades include: an Oscar nomination and BAFTA for best documentary, the Panorama Audience Award at the Berlinale, three prizes at Tribeca Film Festival, the Jury Prize at Sheffield and a British Animation Award.

Agata Skowronek

Photo/Video Journalist

Agata specialises on themes in the Middle East and on stories of migration. Her pictures have been published in media such as Al Jazeera, Geo, El Pais, Le Monde, Der Spiegel, Figaro Magazine and she has worked with NGO’s such as Oxfam, UNICEF and Nature Iraq as well as with TV channels like Deutsche Welle and ARTE. She has given workshops for Iraqi Photographers in numerous cities in Iraq.

She has widely exhibited her work. In 2011 she exhibited her work “Fire and the Peacock Angel” about the Yezidi minority in ‘Gallery muehlhausetc.’ Cologne, Germany. In 2014, she created a photo and video exhibition called “Zero Tolerance” about State violence in Turkey which was shown at the Cezayir conference space in Istanbul, Turkey.

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.

Gem Young

Technical Manager + Photo/Video Editor

Gem’s skillset includes 10 years worth of experience in advanced post-production techniques for both still and moving images. She is an expert in creating innovative visuals for online content.

After studying photography she initially worked as a retoucher and assistant before becoming a picture editor for a business communications agency where she regularly selected content for use in UK National Newspapers and edited annual reports for global multi-national companies such as InterContinental Hotels Group, Glencore and Anglo American.

For the last 7 years she has also worked as a video editor and post-production manager, supervising teams of freelancers for cross platform projects.


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
7 Rochester House
Rushcroft Road
London SW2 1JR
United Kingdom

+44 (0) 7760492441

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