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About Lonely Tower Film & Media

Lonely Tower Film & Media are a film making company based in north east England, specialising in historical documentary films.

We love stories, and coming from a broadcast media background, we love getting to grips with new projects and telling those stories in creative and exciting ways. Whether it’s documenting history, helping businesses showcase what they do, or recording events as they unfold before us, we get a kick out of being there and making it happen.

The quality of our work is paramount and this is demonstrated in the showing of our documentaries both on local television and across the nation.

Although we’re based in County Durham, we work all over Britain and beyond. We’ve recently completed projects which have taken us to Bristol, London , Scotland and the battlefields of France and Belgium.

We’ve been fortunate enough to work with some fantastic people, groups and organisations, often on more than one project. When you build a great working relationship, it no longer seems like work and that’s a really important aspect of what we do… having fun. It’s also meant we’re lucky enough to call many of these people our friends.

If you’d like to work with us then don’t hesitate to get in touch.


Clients & Recognition

We love the varied and interesting people we get to work with, and happily, they love what we do, too!

I first came across Lonely Tower in 2016 and impressed by the way they worked, I enquired if they would be able to assist a charity of which I am a trustee, The Zambezi Sunrise Trust. The charity needed a promotional video for use on their website and social media. Lonely Tower have since produced three such videos. They have employed both a scripted voiceover technique and the use of interviews coupled with footage of the charity’s projects. The videos have been universally well received - the most recent were first shown at a charity event where they were met with spontaneous applause. We are very grateful to Mark and Marie for the professionalism with which they have produced the videos, as well as the fact that they are a pleasure to work with. Lonely Tower also doesn’t just give lip service to the idea of corporate responsibility - Zambezi Sunrise are profoundly grateful that they have been adopted as the charity for which Lonely Tower has donated their time and expertise. - John Gillette, The Zambezi Sunrise Trust

On behalf of the Normanby Local History Group I would like to thank you both for producing the Gallantry in the Face of the Enemy film. The film itself is superb and the first showing to the members and invited guests was extremely emotional with several members close to tears.  You were great to work with from start to finish.  Your professionalism and knowledge guided us through the process at every stage and made it enjoyable for those closely involved in the production.  We now have a brilliant and professionally produced film which we can show throughout our local area.  It will make the local community, young and old, aware of our fallen heroes.- Harry Greenmon, Normanby Local History Group

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I have worked with Mark and Marie from the above film company since 2016 when we began to plan a documentary-film in memory of our local VC winner, Thomas Kenny. From the outset, I found them to be professional at all times, approachable, knowledgeable and very supportive. No one from our group had any experience at all in documentary-film making and found their help invaluable. Obviously, they were aware of our vulnerability in this respect and seemed to anticipate our insecurities and questions before we asked them and at no time were we made to feel inadequate. Our group were, however knowledgeable about the Thomas Kenny story and able to pass on details to Mark and Marie, and it is a testament to their skills that they have translated the information into the finished documentary-film which we think is outstanding. I would have no hesitation in recommending this company to anyone. It has been a pleasure to work alongside them. - Margaret Hedley, Wheatley Hill History Club

Mark and Marie  were brilliant to work with from start to finish. Commissioning a documentary film was a new aspect of my job role and a steep learning curve for me. From gently guiding us with helpful suggestions at the beginning of the process, to professional courtesy and efficiency when we asked for last minute additions and changes, Lonely Tower were so helpful with every part of the project. They obviously love their job, as their enthusiasm is contagious. - Janet Robinson, Cultural Heritage Development Officer for Sunderland Council.

As the installation of a small block rail seating at Bristol City’s Ashton Gate Stadium marked a major, historic step in the long-running campaign to introduce this modern, new form of standing accommodation to football grounds in the UK, it seemed only right and proper to record it for posterity. The Lonely Tower Film & Media team quickly understood the brief and with a package of stills, video and time-lapse footage helped to gain global exposure for this landmark event in print, on major news websites and all over social media. That would not have been possible without their professionalism, high standards of production and prompt turnaround. - Jon Darch, Safe Standing Roadshow

Working with Mark and Marie has been rewarding and enjoyable - they are open to ideas, work to a schedule, their answer to any question comes quickly, and their willingness to adapt to events has been much appreciated. The common theme has been the Great War, but technical (and innovative) skills, imagination and ingenuity have produced very different films - all of which have been seen and appreciated locally, at events, and across the world on YouTube. Professional? Yes. Friends? Yes. Able to make a film about anything? It would seem so. - Peter Welsh, Wessington U3A