About Us

Forgebank Films was formed as a cooperative in 2012 by two experienced film makers who met when creating the award winning Lancaster Cohousing eco-community.


Alison Cahn,  producer/director

Alison is a BAFTA winning journalist and producer/director with 20 years experience in television current affairs, documentary and factual programming. She spent seven years as a Director of Communications in the NHS and higher education. As well as making films, she researches and writes stories for the Environment Centre at Lancaster University and is a founder director of Halton Mill, a low carbon work and event space.  

Alison’s broadcast credit’s include:
Death on the Rock (ITV); When Michael Portillo became a Single Mum (BBC2); My Week in the Real World; Westminster’s Secret Service (BBC2); Europe Express (Ch4); Biteback (BBC1); Norland Nannies (Ch4), Children Behaving Badly (Ch5); Dispatches (Ch4); Public Eye (BBC2); This Week (Thames TV)


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Frances Bowen, editor/camera operator


Frances spent 25 years as a film and video editor working for the BBC and independent production companies before adding to her skills by training as a camera operator and sound recordist. She has a lifelong passion for sustainability and a particular interest in eco construction: she has completed a graduate diploma on eco architecture and energy studies at the Centre for Alternative Technology. She is always developing her expertise: her latest enthusiasm is motion graphics. For the past eight years Frances has been producing short videos, with a focus on low carbon building and sustainable lifestyles.

Frances’ broadcast credits include:
Equinox (BBC1), Gardener’s World (BBC2), Crimewatch (BBC1), House Doctor (Ch5), Pet Rescue (Ch4), Animal Park (BBC2), Horizon (BBC2), This Little Farmer Went to Market (BBC1), Real Gardens (Ch4), Cinema Europe – the Other Hollywood (BBC), D.W.Griffith: Father of Film (Ch4)(Then individual profiles)