Bell House hosts a range of film-making courses for children, young people and adults throughout the year. Students are inspired to work in a variety of film styles and genres using the house and gardens as a location. We believe that film-making unleashes creativity, teaches essential skills, encourages team work and helps break down the barriers between people.  All our courses have places for students from lower income families at a reduced rate, and we offer free places for children living in Lambeth and Southwark on free school meals, including looked after children.  

If you would like to bring a group to do some filming at Bell House we have special rates for schools, film clubs, community groups and low budget films.  Please contact Sarah at [email protected]


BFI Academy Film Course

This year, the BFI Future Film Academy was delighted to partner with Bell House in the delivery of our scheme, a talent development programme for young people aged 16-19 who are not in University.  Working around the theme of the BFI Autumn Thriller Season, this year’s cohort worked on location for the first time ever, producing two short films in the most ideal of locations. We hosted Masterclasses in Screenwriting and Set Design and gained a fascinating insight into the History of the house.

Quotes from the day

'I felt inspired by the grandness and the story of the house.' Grace Talbot

'Whole house felt alive, from the windows to the basement.' Miha Verdonik

'We all had a thrilling time.' Hanna West


Autumn Half Term Movie-Making Course 

Students were given a chance to make their own Halloween Film in and around Bell House. Throughout the course, members learnt how to create fun and unique production designs, learnt some creepy special and technical effects, as well as practing their directing, acting and camera skills. For full details go to the SPARKS website

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Summer Film Course 

During the summer school holidays SPARKS ran a successful five day filmmaking course in partnership with Bell House. The well-attended movie course was designed to ignite imaginations, boost confidence and introduce technical skills. Checkout the Sparks at Bell House video to see how it went. 


Dunraven School - short film project 

A behind the scenes of the Dunraven Media Make a Movie in a Week PRO 2017 Shot by: Catherine Shelley Audio: Amy Owens Edited by: Catherine Shelley

A testimonial from Phil Dyas, Head of Media Studies at Dunraven School:

Dunraven students from Y7 to Y12 spent 4 days at Bell House shooting films using mobile phones and tablets to create films of their own - students were able to tell their own stories with support from experts and peers, and the results were very successful, as the final outcomes attest!

We also undertook a short film project working with graduate media studies students and a professional director. It was great to be able to take our workshops out of the classroom and for the students to use a large variety of locations in the  house and gardens, sparking imaginations and inspiring creativity.

Dunraven Media Make a Movie in a Week PRO 2017 A group of students are being hunted down by zombies, but magic may be on their side...

Learning to use the technology in your pocket... 

In June 2017, media studies students from The Charter School spent a day at Bell House with film-maker Cassius Rayner. They learned how to turn their mobile phones into professional film cameras and made short films using Bell House as a location.