Welcome to Life & Times Productions

Life and Times Productions is an offshoot of The Marketing Café, an award-winning video production company that works for a number of luxury brands. The idea for Life & Times has been brewing for many years after the founder, Ian Palmer produced a commemorative movie for his father’s 60th birthday.

One summer’s evening in Yorkshire, the movie was played to a private audience of family and friends in a hotel screening room. It was a complete surprise for Ian’s Dad who was blown away by the film. He couldn’t believe that so many people had gone to so much trouble to appear in the film and that he was able to watch it on the big screen. The occasion was remembered for the laughs, tears and sheer joy it brought to everyone involved. All these years later the DVD copies are still being played.

Telling people’s life stories and delivering high quality movies for the cinema screen has been a wonderful revelation for us. We love what we do and the impact it has on the lives of our customers. This business, like people’s lives, has been years in the making, but the wait has been worth it as hopefully one day you will see.

Introducing Life & Times Productions

Our mission is to bring people’s stories to life in a manner that is normally only reserved for super celebrities. We want people to say “that is the greatest movie I have ever seen.” In 100 years from now future generations will watch our movies with reverence. We are making history.
Life and Times are a small and friendly team of filmmaking professionals. We are dedicated to what we do and love making movies that stir the emotions. There is nothing that gives us greater satisfaction than seeing our client’s faces when we deliver a finished production.
We believe that anything worth doing, is worth doing to the very highest standard. With a strong sense of integrity, honesty and traditional values we are bound by our relentless work ethic. We do enjoy life and live it to the full, which is reflected in the movies we produce.
We will deliver a Life and Times movie that goes beyond anything you might have previously imagined. You will be surprised, delighted and inspired by a production that will truly dazzle. Our professionalism, hard work, flexibility and friendliness will give you complete peace of mind. Above all, we will maintain a rigid and absolute approach to confidentiality at all times.

What our clients say

I really enjoy working with Ian and his team. Nothing is ever too much trouble for them, and the films they have produced for us have been of a very high standard.
Rachel Dipper, Knight Frank LLP
Life & Times are a delight to work with and have met all of our expectations – from budget, to deadlines to quality. The whole business has been impressed with the final product. The expertise and attention to detail is regularly applauded.
Kate Murphy, De Vere Hotels & Resorts
We’ve just completed our third corporate video with Life & Times and are delighted with the results. They have captured the culture and tone of each company perfectly and present a compelling case as to why clients should choose us. We see a real return through this medium and look forward to further collaboration.
Richard Page, Countrywide

Meet the Crew

Ian Palmer
Ian PalmerDirector
Ian is the driving force behind Life & Times having developed a passion for storytelling following many years of directing films for corporate clients. Every Life & Times project is personally led by Ian from concept through to delivery. His experience covers marketing, creative direction and film editing,
Claire Coetzee
Claire CoetzeeCreative Director
Claire is a well travelled Creative Director having worked in Australia, Scotland and London. She leads the creative function at Life & Times with a particular flair for visualising on screen graphics and developing storyboards prior to the edit. She often appears on shoots to help with production.
Mark Jackson
Mark JacksonCinematographer
Mark has more than 12 years experience as a director, lighting cameraman, editor and broadcast designer. His expertise includes terrestrial commercials, corporate videos, music videos, drama, comedy, virals and animation. Mark has worked with the BBC, HSBC, Morgan Stanley and Cunard.
Kirsty Lyall
Kirsty LyallDirector/Producer
Having worked in broadcast television for over 20 years on programmes such as Location, Location, Location and Come Dine with Me, Kirsty is an experienced Director/Producer for television. She is particularly good at getting the best out of people who are not used to appearing on camera.

Our Happy Clients