May 102016
 

IMG_0713 Actor Warwick Davis (Return of the Jedi, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows) has added the finishing touches to the feature film From Leicester To Hollywood, a mocumentary produced in Leicester.
From Leicester to Hollywood follows the trials of a film director attempting to shoot an epic romantic on a record-breaking low budget of £43. The story of an everyman character in Leicester trying to achieve the impossible dream and break onto an international stage using less money than his competitors may sound familiar. The movie’s theme curiously mirrors Leicester City’s recent 5000 to 1 fairytale. It also mirrors the real story of how the film was made.

Indie director Rhys Davies teamed up with crime novelist Rod Duncan with the goal of producing a feature film set in their own unfashionable city. With a modest budget, they turned to crowd-funding, inviting people to donate £43 each – the total budget of the fictional film maker in their story.

Warwick said: “I do like to support indie projects. It is a unique world. And one that I’m familiar with, having grown up making films myself. There are always challenges you don’t expect – finding locations, finding actors…Plus Leicester’s been mentioned quite a lot recently in the news so I’m excited to be here!”

Olwen Corn FieldThe fictional film director in From Leicester to Hollywood tries to use the epic backdrops chance and nature provide. With their own tight budget, Rhys and Rod did the same thing. Rod Duncan added: “We had to improvise as opportunities came along. When we woke up one day and it had snowed in the night, we phoned round, gathered the cast and a small crew and headed out to make the most of it. In the end it got so cold the camera stopped working. But we’d got the shot we needed. And it looked spectacular.”

With art mirroring life and life mirroring art, the process of making the film took several years. The final task was to record the documentary style narration.

Rhys Davis said: “We struck gold with Warwick. He’s highly intelligent and immediately understood what we were doing. His voice carries authority. He’s at home with serious drama as well as comedy – which made him perfect for the narrator.”

At the same time as these final touches were being made, the city of Leicester was thrust into the international spotlight.

R43 Pounds_1od concludes: “We set out to tell a story about an everyman from an unknown, unfashionable place. But just as we’re finishing it, this fairytale happens and everyone’s talking about Leicester.”

From Leicester to Hollywood has been described as a “love letter to independent cinema.”

Warwick Davis will be available for interview subject to availability.  Please contact Natalie Cheary on Natalie.cheary@hotmail.co.uk

Jan 182016
 

Hive Films have wrapped on the Shine A Light funded short film ‘My Jedi Powers’. Shot over four days in Derbyshire (Dovedale), and Leicestershire (Beacon Hill) with Audrey Ardington (Dr Who), Willow Davies (A Dozen Summers) and Steven Dolton (Zombie Undead). The film was shot in conjunction with the 99th Garrison – a independent Star Wars costuming group.

Synced Sequence.Still004Shine A Light is a participatory film making project funded by the Esmée Fairburn Foundation and delivered by QUAD, Derby. The project comes out of the success of QUAD Shorts, which was designed to give film-makers the chance to produce new work and was supported by Creative England. Shine A Light links film-makers with over 60’s groups to provide older members of the community an opportunity to show that retirement and old age is a time to enjoy our passions, as well as learn new skills.

12 short films have been commissioned over the two years of the project. All films will be shown at a private screening and submitted to national film festivals.

Mar 262015
 

10404451_813357468751674_1318643888050286187_nDirected by Alexander Thomas and Produced by Cass Pennent ‘Beverly’ is a short film from Urban Edge Films.

‘Beverley’ tells the story of a mixed race girl’s struggle to carve out a sense of identity in a confusing, shifting cultural landscape in 1980’s Leicester. The film stars Laya Lewis (Skins), Vicky McClure (This Is England, Broadchurch) and Winston Ellis (The Dark Knight). Hive Films provide production support including production management and co-ordination, and 2nd assistant director roles.

Leicester in 1980. A move from the decaying, poverty-stricken, urban environment to the relative comfort and theoretical safety of white suburbia does not provide the hope and opportunities Beverley may have wished for. A familiar enemy is ever present – a threat that extends beyond her own safety – more importantly she must protect her brother and sister. By asserting her will and using her guile, Bev tries to shape her new environment into something palatable, but the result is the opposite of what she is trying to achieve.

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Cast member Corey Trevor, Producer Cass Pennant and Hive Films Rhys Davies

Beverley also features Kieran Hardcastle, King Sounds, Neville Staple,  Lewis Fernandez, Lewis Bacon, George Somner, Tom Cowling, Indigo Palmer-Miller, Alan Wales, Christine Cassidy and Sennia Nanua, Corey Trevor, and Owen Warner

Nov 032014
 

Hive Films presents Creativ Studios ‘Survival Instinct’. Taking its cue from classic survival-thrillers such as ‘Eden Lake’ and ‘Deliverance’, ‘Survival Instinct’ is a fast-paced edge-of-your seat thriller.

Stacey and Thom are in the middle of a road trip to a remote area of the Peak District when Thom’s car breaks down. Stacey is forced to go in search of water. Instead she encounters tow locals, Weaver and his estranged son Rex.

After a fatal accident occurs, all hell breaks loose. Weaver’s relentlessly tracks Stacey across dangerous terrain to stop her from reaching safety, culminating in a deadly showdown.

Starring Jay Sutherland (Pulp) and Helen Crevel (Ensnared) Survival Instinct is scheduled for release in late 2014. Poster design by Ross Underwood.

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May 092014
 

Colin Baker, the sixth Doctor Who, plays the lead in Hive Films short film ‘Finding Richard’ which is being premiered at Cannes 2014.

The film follows a young boy, Gull, who on hearing that the bones of Richard the Third have been found begins his own archaeological quest. Helping him on this journey is his Grandad, himself a dreamer who see something of himself in Gull. But what Gull finds isn’t quite what he – or his Grandad – expected.

Joining I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here alumni Colin Baker is local actor David Knight, 12. David, who plays Gull, has appeared in Doctors and Britain’s Got Talent and attends local drama school The Pauline Quirk Academy.
The short film, shot on location in Leicestershire, is co-written and directed by Rhys Davies of Hive Films whose feature film ‘How To Make A Movie For 43 Pounds’ recently premiered at Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival.  Doug Cubin of Sawscale Films co-writes and produces.

Speaking from Los Angeles Colin Baker said “I am excited about ‘Finding Richard’.  I receive many scripts and am rarely able to participate unfortunately. However – I’ll make no bones about it (!) when I read ‘Finding Richard’  I knew that I had to try and find time to play Grandad. It’s a an impressive, gentle and sensitive script, so I managed to squeeze the time between trips to the USA and New Zealand.”

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Director Rhys Davies said: “The film is an homage to dreamers everywhere. Stay true to yourself, follow your own path and you will succeed. To work with a legend such as Colin Baker was fantastic, and together with rising star David Knight I believe they have made the film a special prospect.”
Producer Doug Cubin said: “This film being destined for Cannes and having such a great cast means we will do everything possible to create a wonderful experience for the audience.”

Sarah Levitt, Head of Arts and Museams at Leicester City Council said ” We were delighted to hear that Hive Films’ entry to the Cannes Short Film Festival is inspired by the amazing discovery of King Richard III’s remains in Leicester. The use of the time of this discovery as a backdrop for the storyline will make this film very special and we wish it every success”

Jan 092013
 

A car roars through the darkened country roads. Inside, a distraught Sarah, holding her stricken dad is desperately trying to stem the flow of blood. Having been re-directed to an Evacuation facility after a terrorist bombing causes chaos, Steve, an off-duty Paramedic is in a race against time fully aware that Marks chances of survival are rapidly slipping away.

The scene that greets them on arrival is one of bedlam. The floor, awash with blood, is covered with the bodies of the dying and injured, doctors dart back and forth, clearly overwhelmed. A violent convulsion causes Sarah’s dad to lose consciousness, heart stopped he slumps to the floor. As the adrenalin needle slams into her Fathers heart Sarah stumbles back and her world fades to black.

Upon regaining consciousness Sarah finds herself alone. Bleeding and dazed she stumbles through the darkened corridors desperate to find her father. Soon it becomes apparent the terrorist bombing has caused more than chaos, it has unleashed a biological plague across the land. Sarah joins the other survivors in a gore drenched battle against an army of the living dead.

Jan 012013
 

Acid Daemons is an independent horror movie to be shooting in Leicester, England during 2016.

This is a story of parallel worlds, almost perfectly superimposed on each other. One world is the run-down housing estate in which Hannah, our protagonist, has spent her teenage years. But turn your head quickly and you might just  glimpse the other world – a time and space of daemons.

Hannah and her brother Carlo live on the 18th floor of a housing block in the middle of the estate. But two floors below, a chemist has set up a kitchen sink laboratory. In a dream he saw a new designer drug. Now he has cooked it up.

When Carlo tries it, he glimpses the daemon world. Then he disappears into it. Hannah becomes convinced the only way to rescue him is by taking the drug herself and following. Is this hallucination or is it reality? And what will happen if she leaves a doorway open between the two worlds?

Newcomers from Nottingham Television Workshop, which can count Samantha Morton (Minority Report), Vicky McClure (This Is England) and Jack O’Connell (Skins) among its former members, we have Ella Roebuck-Swain (19) as our leading character, Hannah, and 16 year old Jack Dewick playing Carlo, Hanna’s brother. Joining them is Jon Campling ( Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows ) as the chemist Talis and Kieran Hardcastle ( This Is England ) as Cooper.

Feb 172012
 

Sometimes the demons of the mind are real.

After his brothers release from an institution, Paul, accompanied by close family friend Bethan, decide to take David on a trip to a cottage in rural Britain in the hope of helping him readjust to the rigors of everyday life. Upon arriving at the cottage David is instantly unnerved by the surrounding atmosphere and soon plays host to a series of supernatural goings on. Unsure as to what is real and what is imagination he begins to question his sanity as the visitations become more frequent. Will the group discover the dark and horrifying history of the cottage and surrounding area before his brother is consumed by the evil manifestations or will it be too late…?