About Us

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37 South Films is a video production house which provides a fantastic environment for creative and experienced people to produce corporate films, training films and promotional content.

Back in 1987, Colin Bell’s reputation as a well-respected Director of Photography was already established. To service his growing list of clients, he founded 37 South Films.

Colin understood the need to provide his clients with more than his own skills. This led to adding pre- and post-production services, to be able to take projects through from creative conception to broadcast.

Helen Bitmead, with a history of post-production and production supervising, joined 37 South Films to manage and expand the production side of the business, which was rapidly gaining momentum. Helen and Colin recognised the growing demand for their services by developing the 37 South Films South Melbourne facility, which they ran for over 20 years.

Supported by a team of in-house and freelance editors, directors and production people, 37 South Films has the capacity and skill to cater for the production needs of both domestic and international clients. This ranges from full service, brief-to-completion projects or hiring edit suites to those whose needs are purely post-production.

37 South Films has the technical and creative expertise to make every project a success – on time, on budget and always on brief.

Colin Bell
Creative Services / Co-Principal

As Head of Creative Services and Co-Principal of 37 South Films, Colin’s success has been driven by a technical and creative passion for the film medium, and he has been the recipient of two Gold Awards from the Australian Cinematographers’ Society for his work.

With over 30-years’ experience in television and film production since beginning his career in 1977 with the Channel 9 network, Colin possesses extensive experience in lighting, technical directing, cinematography and directing.

This combined knowledge has been at the core of 37 South’s success and drives the organisation’s reputation as a leading producer of television commercials, corporate films and documentaries.

Helen Bitmead
Executive Producer / Co-Principal

Helen has worked in the film production industry since 1983 and has developed considerable executive production expertise through a range of roles that have included post-production, business development and coordination of project administration and financing.

Helen oversees the management of 37 South Films, and acts as Executive Producer and client liaison. She is committed to creating an environment where continuity plays an integral part in ensuring every job is packaged to a professional standard and meets the client’s needs.

By maintaining up-to-date knowledge of the latest production and editing technologies and procedures, Helen ensures that clients get the optimum value for their digital media investment and the finest quality films to suit their budget.