Families on Film helps to keep imprisoned parents in touch with their children. Storybook Dads started this project in response to restrictions put in place because of Covid-19 (not being able to record prisoners reading stories and visits being stopped).

Children/immediate family members of prisoners can record a film at home, send it to us and we will get it to their loved one in prison, on DVD. This project is free to all prisoners and families where the project is offered.

How does it work?

Families can apply to send a family film for their loved one via our website. Once accepted, they can send their files to us, which we then put together with some simple credits/music. We then deliver the film on DVD to their loved one, in prison. 

Prisons offering this sevice:    
HMP Dovegate HMP/YOI East Sutton Park HMP Erlestoke
HMP Guys Marsh HMP/YOI Hatfield HMP Hewell
HMP Kirklevington Grange HMP/YOI Lincoln Oakhill STC
HMP Oakwood HMP Standford Hill HMP Stocken
HMP/YOI Styal HMP Swaleside HMP The Mount
HMP Wealstun  HMYOI Wetherby 

If you want to know how to apply to send a family film, click here

Are there any restrictions?

Given the environment we work in, we have to have strict guidelines and all films are screened

  • No bad language or inappropriate content (including appropriate clothing)
  • Videos must be recorded in English (unless your loved one has discussed this with the co-coordinator in the prison and arrangements have been made to allow this)
  • If there are any contact restrictions in place this may result in the application being rejected.

Example Family Film:

Here is an example promo of what the final edited DVD can look like (huge thanks to our child actor for his help!). Although this video only has one child, it’s fine to have other family members saying hello as well.