Shared Sentences is a media training and film production programme engaging those with experience of the criminal justice system in a creative film making process. Over the course of ten weeks, participants create short documentary films designed to make a positive impact in their community.

By taking part in the programme, participants learn how to use professional video cameras and sound recording equipment, as well as learning interview technique, communication skills and how to use video editing software. In addition to valuable transferable skills, participants are also able to gain a media qualification, supported by an educational partner.

We empower individuals to take active roles as citizens, making short films that reengage with and support their communities to foster positive change. We actively help participants to have their voice and the voices of their community heard by screening the films to decision-makers identified during the production process.

Sean-Paul, a Shared Sentences participant, had this to say about his experience:

“After many years of being negatively associated with the justice system in Scotland, this programme has finally gave me inspiration to open a new chapter in my life. It has done this by sparking my interest in producing short issue based documentaries and has given me the confidence to pursue this interest as a career.

“For many years I have struggled with mental health issues which I feel has prevented me from achieving many things that I could. Political issues in the local community has been a long standing personal interest and over the past few years I have found the frustration of not being listened to as a valued opinion. This programme gave me a voice, something I felt that I hadn’t had in a long time due to different issues.

“I intend to carry on developing in this field as not only is my confidence continuously increasing, I feel like a valued member of society who is able to educate others to issues that may go unnoticed in day-to-day life.

“Once again, I would like to thank Media Education and look forward to hopefully working with the organisation again in the future under different pretences.”

Shared Sentences places public and community engagement at its heart, providing a powerful means for participants to investigate what builds a community. The short films demonstrate the resolve and resilience of people who strive to make their community a better place to live.



Shared Sentences 2014
In 2014, Media Education partnered with New College Lanarkshire to enable Shared Sentences participants to gain an approved NV3/4 in Creating Media Content.

To watch more from Shared Sentences 2014, follow this link.


Shared Sentences 2013
In 2013, we were delighted to support Sean-Paul in accepting the Platinum Award for Film from the Koestler Trust, for his Shared Sentences film ‘Change for a Room’, about the impact of the Bedroom Tax on local communities.

To watch more from Shared Sentences 2013, follow this link.