Apr 062016

My Jedi Powers has been selected for the Derby Film Festival. In addition to the fantastic programme of films the festival and specialises in workshops and special guests – which have included Jenny Agutter, John Hurt and Terry Jones.

‘My Jedi Powers’ was 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.

The short film winner of 2015 was Beverley – for which Hive FIlms Rhys Davies was second AD.

Mar 312016

Finding Richard now available on VOD. Excited to announce that you can now watch Finding Richard on our distributor Gonellas VOD stream at the tempting price of £1.79 (e1.99) for 48 hours.

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

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.”

Mar 242016

Actors can be fascinating people. The ability to slip in-and-out of a completely different persona and summon emotion on cue is one that most people will never possess. We might think we do, but not like an actor. When not actually in front of the camera presenting their craft, their time is split between rehearsals, blocking, learning lines, sitting through makeup sessions, changing costumes, and worst of all, seemingly endless hours of just waiting to be called to set.

Ella Roebuck-Swain

Ella Roebuck-Swain

Our cast, which ranges from up-and-coming young talents to Harry Potter alumni, has been nothing short of a joy to work with. 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. These two are our youngest cast members, but you’d never guess how young they are by their attitude and commitment. Without a doubt, they have been on set the longest, spent countless hours waiting for their turn to perform with absolute professionalism; no grumbling, no ego, just patiently waiting to do their job, and being a pleasure to be around while doing it. Also from Nottingham Television Workshop is Terry Haywood, who seems to burst with positive energy, keeping everyone’s spirits up even at the end of a long day.

Jack Dewick

Jack Dewick

From Red Talent, we have Catriona McDonald and Katrina Sansome, both of whom endured some serious makeup effect processes for their parts, more on that side of things in another blog post! Also joining our cast is Jon Campling, formerly a Death Eater in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Parts 1 and 2. Despite such high profile work, here is another actor who brings no ego to the set, just a willingness to work hard for the film, and provide us with some great stories backstage!

Rounding off our list of actors for the set-based portion of the shoot is Steve Dolton and Claire Cogan. Last, but by no means least, they maintain the high standard of talent that Acid Daemons has enjoyed thus far! With all the hard work and blood, sweat & tears from everyone involved in a film shoot, having a group of actors involved as skilled and affirmative as we have makes all the difference.

Jul 182015

QUAD, DerbyHive Films have been selected as one of the production teams through QUAD’s the Shine A Light short film scheme. We are scheduled to enter production end of August, 2015 for completion October 31st.

QUAD is a Cinema, Gallery, Café Bar, and Digital resource based in Derby. They are a creative hub that connects people and businesses to art and film and create opportunities for entertainment, education and participation. QUAD is a registered independent charity that receives funding to support our charitable aims from a variety of sources including Derby City Council and Arts Council England.

Image  copyright © Hoare Lighting


Jun 292015

Hive Films are bringing their industry expertise to academia. As part of a push to enhance ties within the creative sector, De Montfort University have engaged Hive to develop and run part of the Media Production BSc ( Hons)

The course provides students with the technical foundations and practical skills needed to gain a leading role in digital broadcast or social media production. Recent graduates are working as camera operators, producers, photographers, technical operators, broadcast engineers, graphic designers, video editors and producers, independent video company directors, television presenters and web designers for companies including Endemol, Ideal World TV, Lime Pictures, the Guardian, the Telegraph and the BBC.

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Modules include Television, Film and Radio Production, Social media, Audio Production, 3D modelling and Animation, Post-production for Video and Film and Creative Media Entrepreneurship.

Jan 052015

The DVD of Finding Richard is now available. It can be bought online or collected in person.

In addition to the film, the DVD contains a wealth of special features.

  • Behind the scenes footage.
  • Training Brindle. How owner Toni Isden trains star dog Brindle.
  • Audio commentary by co-writers Doug Cubin and Rhys Davies.
  • Audio commentary by director Rhys Davies.
  • Crowd funding campaign footage.
  • Cannes première interviews.
  • Guildhall interviews.
  • Photo galleries of the première and on location.
Finding Richard DVD Cover
Nov 122014

Join Hive Media/Hive Films for a FREE  interview and Q and A with Kate Plantin CDG, film, theatre and television Casting Director. Following the talk there will be time for a Q and A from the audience and a networking session where Kate will be available to talk about what a casting director does, how they can access talent, and her experience of casting in film, television and theatre.

For producers, actors, directors, film-makers and general fans of film. Held in the Burton Room, Phoenix Square

Kate Plantin CDG has worked extensively in casting for over twenty years having previously worked at the BBC. She is a member of the Casting Directors Guild of Great Britain & Ireland and a voting member of BAFTA

Her featurtelstar-the-joe-meek-story-dvde film and shorts include THE WICKER TREE(British Lion), TELSTAR: THE JOE MEEK STORY (Aspiration Films), CITY RATS(Face Films), OUTPOST(Black Camel), and SEED OF CHUCKY(Rogue Pictures), THE MAN WHO CHOKED (Dir: Ross Jameson); FINDING RICHARD (Dir: Rhys Davies); CHOP CHOP (Dir: Christopher Granier-Deferre); THE OTHER AMY (Dir: Ross Jameson).

Kate has also worked for many years in the theatre casting productions as diverse as TELSTAR, which Kate also co-produced in the West End and for which Con O’Neill was nominated for an Olivier Award for his portrayal of Joe Meek, ENGLAND AWAY (Tour), OF MICE AND MEN (Tour), TOUCHING THE BLUE (Edinburgh), JOAN RIVERS – A WORK IN PROGRESS (Edinburgh and London), ON YOUR TOES (Royal Festival Hall), FOLLIES (Royal Festival Hall).

Television credits include JUDGE JOHN DEED (BBC), FILTHY RICH (HCA),  THE LILY SAVAGE SHOW (BBC), and the Cult Sci Fi series LEXX and also many childrens shows.

Kate is currently casting the feature film POWER & GLORY and the Black Comedy WE ARE TOURISTS which has recently started shooting in France.

This is the second in a series of events on Film-making funded by Leicester City Council and the European Regional Development Fund, and ran in collaboration with Phoenix Square Cinema, Leicester


Nov 042014

Join Hive Media for a FREE  interview and Q and A with Cass Pennant, writer, producer of Meet The Guvnors and Beverley, staring Vicky McClure, and subject of the movie Cass. Following the talk there will be time for a Q and A from the audience and a networking session where Cass will be available to talk about his experience as an advisor to film and televison on hooliganism and gang culture, financing projects, the making of Cass, and his producing experience.

For producers, directors, film-makers and general fans of film – and of football culture and the fashion of casuals.

Pennant is the eponymous hero of the British feature film Cass (2008), based on his best-selling autobiography about his turbulent life. Cass was directed by Jon. S. Baird and filmed starring Nonso Anozie, Nathalie Press and Tamer Hassan.

It was a culmination of events and a violent lifestyle as a leading member of notorious 80s football gang the ICF that saw him convicted and sent inside prison and it was at this time that Pennant began to write.His story showed an escape route for those brutalised by their early experiences, a way out of the dead end towards moral redemption and peace.

Urban Edge FilmsAs an acknowledged authority on the culture of hooliganism and gang culture, he advised on numerous TV and film projects, including Guy Ritchie’s acclaimed Snatch, Lexi Alexander’s Green Street/Hooligans, Alan Clarke’s The Firm plus Bravo TV’s The Real Football Factories series, ITV’s Bouncer’s series and Ian Stuttard’s award winning Thames TV documentary Hooligan.

 When in 2005 he realised that publishing was the world for him, his interest moved on to developing and promoting other writers and with backing he founded Pennant Books and published a wide array of titles in the sport, biography and crime genres. He is the best-selling author of eight football fan-related books, five of which have been UK Top Ten bestsellers.


Craig Sugden Photography

He was instrumental in 2011’s Casuals, a feature film DVD documentary exploring the early 80s fashion movement instigated by young football supporters from the terraces of British football stadiums. 2014 saw the release of Meet The Guvnors ( Metrodome ) and short film Beverley, starring Vicky McClure and Laya Lewis.

Beverley the short film

Beverley the short film starring Layal Lewis and Vicky McClure

This is the third in an ongoing series of events on Film-making funded by Leicester City Council and the European Regional Development Fund.



Nov 042014

Join Hive Films for a FREE  interview and Q and A with Alastair Clark, producer of London To Brighton – “The best British film of the century” (The Big Issue). Following the talk there will be time for a Q and A from the audience and a networking session where Alastair will be available to talk about financing projects, getting films made and his experience as an award winning producer.

For producers, directors, film-makers and general fans of film. Phoenix Square, Leicester 10th November 7-9pm.

Alastair Clark founded Wellington Films in 2000 with producing partner Rachel Robey, and in 2005 they were cited by Screen International as Stars of Tomorrow.

Their BAFTA nominated debut feature, LONDON TO BRIGHTON (Edinburgh International Film Festival 2006, Toronto International Film Festival 2006) was released to widespread critical acclaim by Vertigo Films and has since been named by TimeOut London as one of the top 100 British films of all time.

Other credits include BETTER THINGS, (Cannes Film Festival – Critics Week 2008, Toronto International Film Festival 2008); UNMADE BEDS, (Sundance Film Festival – World Cinema section 2009);  CRYING WITH LAUGHTER (Best Film at BAFTA Scotland 2009).

They have also produced over 30 short films for festivals and TV, including ROYALTY by Paul Andrew Williams,  and THE DARK by Tom Hemmings starring Toby Jones.

Alastair has taught on many film production courses, including at the Met Film School, National Film & Television School, London Film Academy, Nottingham Academy, Film London Microschool, Film Business School, FilmTrain and FilmWorks.

This is the first in a series of events on Film-making funded by Leicester City Council and the European Regional Development Fund.



Oct 282014

The DVD cover for Hive Films ‘Finding Richard’ was released today. DVD soon available to buy direct from www.findingrichard.co.uk. Video On Demand and streamlining versions to follow through our distributor Gonella Productions.. Design by Ross Underwood.

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