SWPictures makes an impact, gets people talking and changes hearts and minds.
SWPictures brings together foundations, NGO’s, policymakers, brands and media around global issues such as human rights abuses, conflict, social awareness, improving health, environmental change & education – to forge coalitions and campaigns that are good for all these partners, good for the films and good for society. We also win awards – including the BBC World’s Viewers’ Choice Award for Best Documentary for three years in a row – and have made some 200 docs since we started in 1994.
SWPictures is a London-based producer and distributor of documentaries and short films. With more than 25-years in the business, SWPictures has worked with some of the world’s leading broadcasters such as the BBC, CBC, C4 and PBS in the production and distribution of hundreds of films. We hate to see powerful documentaries shown once and forgotten – which is why we’ve become pioneers in niche marketing. Our videos are used by millions of students worldwide as education tools and at parliamentary hearings to change government policies. They have played at international film festivals and some have been theatrically released, but they are generally hard to see. The films are available on a pay-by-view basis.
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You can download, stream & purchase DVD’s of the films on this site. Take a look inside at the hundreds of films. We have documentary series on the environment, health, education, science, history and business, as well as many single films as diverse as Child Marriage in Africa, hunting for Underwater Treasure to Jade mining in Burma. We also sell footage from these films.
Our films win awards – including the BBC World Viewer’s Choice Award for Best Documentary – three years in a row + two Emmys, a BAFTA, an RTS award & several film festival awards for best picture. We’re a leading film-maker in the fields of human rights, health, science, the environment, business, history, current affairs and beyond. Our reach is global.
SWPictures is a premier source of high-quality video on academic, vocational and life-skills topics.
We’re an on-demand streaming video service for educational institutions that provides 12 million students and faculty with access to hundreds of exclusive films each year.
We offer a growing collection of high quality educational videos that can be purchased and accessed online as digital streams. Many of our titles are also available as DVDs.
SWPictures offers educators and librarians an easy one-stop shop for educational video needs—simply select the titles you want, add them to your shopping cart, and pay with a credit card.
We offer acclaimed and award-winning documentaries, independent non-fiction films, foreign films and shorts, and other educational titles, nearly all of which are exclusively available online through SWPictures.
We’re proud to serve the needs of schools, colleges, libraries, the medical community, lobby groups and other institutions with a broad and deep range of content. Our DVDs and streaming video support students both in and outside of the classroom, enriching their understanding, entertaining them, and stretching their horizons at school, in work, and in life.
SWPictures was started in 1994. The company’s founder & director, Scott White, is a multi-award winning journalist. He worked for WTN (now APTN) – the world’s biggest television news agency – in the 1980’s & 90’s. He was the Head of the Newsroom in the 1980’s managing a team of 30 people and a multi-million dollar budget. Concurrently he was the Israel bureau chief at the start of the first Intifada in 1987, the Czech bureau chief for the Velvet Revolution in 1989 & the Baghdad bureau chief for the first Gulf War in 1991 in which he also covered Saddam’s repressions in Karbala & Najaf and the refugee crisis in Kurdistan. He has produced many documentaries for broadcasters such as the BBC, Channel 4, CBC & ABC. He was a pioneering VJ who travelled to the “hotspots” of the world revealing, often through clandestine filming on small cameras, the grubby activities of rogue regimes and companies. These films told personal stories to illustrate world-changing events such as the documentaries “Burma’s Shining Light” in 1990 on Aung San Suu Kyi (C4), “Inside the Tamil Tigers” in 1991 (BBC1) shortly after a Tamil Tiger female suicide bomber blew up Rajiv Gandhi and “The March of the White Flag” in 1993 (BBC2) about the rise of the Taliban in Afghanistan. All were broadcast by scores of TV stations around the globe. His time as a war correspondent ended abruptly when Scott was shot & his cameraman killed while filming a documentary in Algeria.
So he turned his skills to working with independent film-makers to produce & distribute films for the vast network of broadcasters, corporations & NGO’s which he had supplied as an independent producer. The direct lines of communication which he built up with programme editors and the experience he gained as an independent producer have proved invaluable – both in raising commissions and selling off-the-shelf reports.
Since 2005 Scott has devised and produced dozens of series of documentaries for leading broadcasters from all over the world on social issues, health, education, the environment, business and so on.