Oct 242014

Zombie Undead has been bought by Zeno pictures for the Benelux territories. Belgium, Netherlands and Luxemburg have a subtitled edition with a sixteen certificate.

Zombie Undead is een terugkeer naar de echte Zombie film van weleer; Rauw, spannend en bloederig. een must voor elk horrorliefhebber!

Zombie Undead is a return to the real Zombie films of old; Raw, exciting and bloody. A must for any horror fan!

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Sep 282014

Very pleased to announce that the poster and trailer for Finding Richard are now available.

Designed and produced by Ross Underwood the Finding Richard poster features Colin Baker as ‘Grandad’ and David Knight as ‘Gull’. Looming over them is  the ghostly figure of Richard the Third. The poster also shows the wonderful Brindle – who plays himself in the film.


Edited by Doug Cubin and Rhys Davies with audio by Patrick Durdey the trailer can be seen below, on Vimeo,  or on the Facebook page Finding Richard.

Please share the links and thanks for all your support.

Aug 082014

gonella-productionsVery excited that our short film Finding Richard now has a distributor! French company Gonella Productions, based in Aubagne, down near Marseille, have signed to distribute Finding Richard internationally.

Gonella Productions specialise in short film (Distributeur de courts métrages) and are now agents for Finding Richard for the next two years on a non-exclusive deal.

This is great news and contracts have been exchanged.

We have been working on providing the deliverables such as credits, dialogue lists and screeners. In addition we are developing the required Press Kit including  poster, DVD cover and trailer for the film Gonella’s marketing process.

Well done to everyone – cast & crew and funders – involved in this production.
More info soon!

May 242014

Director - Rhys Davies   ITV Central News report on Finding Richard premiere in Cannes. Shown on 16th May 2014. Featuring director Rhys Davies, Producer – Doug Cubin and star David Knight.





May 072014

Hive Films present ‘Distributing Your Film‘. We follow the distribution journey all the way from initial concept through the stages of production to festivals, premiere and sales. By workshopping your projects and real world examples we show how you can sell your film too.

During the course participants will learn how to identify target audiences and markets, and how to reach them through maximising a films sales potential; how to find a distributor, demystify contracts, enter negotiations and secure the deal; make deliverables cheaply and effectively ,and ensure delivery is met; and maximise the chances of getting an international release.

Utilising the tutor’s real-life experience on Zombie Undead,and  43 Pounds and American television shows the course will help you to write, pitch and plan your way to success in the film industry.

Week One – Planning for the deal. How to plan your distribution strategy before you start and during filming. Identifying your target audience and market, and how to reach them through maximising your films sales potential. Planning to succeed; getting a foot in the door, developing relationships, pitching, mentors and maximising opportunities. Pre-requisites of distribution – how to make sure you have everything you need to secure a deal.

Week Two – Securing a deal. Securing the deal that’s right for your film; Overall/Split Rights, Theatrical/Home/Digital, DIY/Hybrid,  Domestic/Foreign. How to make a DVD/online secure screener. Finding distributors, and entering negotiations. Minimum Guarantees. Selling your film, selling yourself. Demystifying contracts; terminology, clauses, and traps; What to ask for and what to demand to get the best deal.

Week Three – Delivering on the deal. Pre-requisites of distribution; collating and constructing an Electronic Press Kit, Trailer, Digi-beta and Digital Cinema Print. How to make your deliverables cheaply and effectively and ensure delivery deadline is met and compliance standards reached. Zombie Undead – Case Study.

Week Four – The release. Planning a festival strategy to maximise publicity. Festival premieres and markets. Utilising Without A Box. Day/Date release, DVD, Rental, Television and VOD. Self distribution – social media, website design, online distribution, selling from your website and public appearances. Crowdfunding the release. Theatrical – Premieres, Conventional/DIY release. Foreign territories; Pre-requisites for foreign release, M and E mix and the benefits of a Sales Agent. Quarterly statements – how to understand them and ensure you get paid. Mum and Dad – Case Study.

Phoenix Square, Leicester
: Tuesday 3 – 24 June (4 sessions)
Times: 7pm-8.30pm
Cost:  £48 / £44 conc.
Bookings: For more info or to book please call Phoenix Square Box Office on 0116 242 2800

Apr 292014

Colin Baker TARDISColin Baker, the sixth Doctor Who,  plays the lead in Hive Films short film ‘Finding Richard’ which has been accepted into Cannes.

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.

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 a dream come true and together with rising star David Knight they make the film a special prospect.”

Doug Cubin said: “It’s fantastic to be accepted for Cannes and having such a great cast means we will do everything possible to create a wonderful experience for the audience.”

“Finding Richard” is a co-production between Hive Films and Sawscale Films.

Apr 252014

43 Pounds Poster LandscapepiFollowing the success of the premiere Phoenix Square is to host a limited run of ‘How To Make A Movie For 43 Pounds’ on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th May.  Accompanying the screenings is a 3 hour talk by director Rhys Davies and writer Rod Duncan ‘How To Make A Movie For ( a little more than ) 43 Pounds on Sunday 4th May.

One man. One dream.  No budget. Rhys has quit the day job to live the dream. But can a former ‘logistics process manager’ really direct an epic romance in just 12 months? Helping him are a scheming producer, a paranoid writer and actors who don’t even need to act because they’re really in love. What could possibly go wrong? Our documentary crew followed him to find out.

Prior to the Sunday screening Hive Film swill be running a workshop where Director Rhys Davies and screenwriter Rod Duncan share the story of how they made  ‘How to Make a Movie for 43 Pounds’.  The three year journey, packed into three hours, includes everything from the first germ of the idea to the premier screening.

“If someone had handed us a half a million, we could have made it in a more traditional way,” says director, Rhys Davies. “But they didn’t. So we had to break a few rules and make up some new ones of our own.”

So if you want to make a feature film and don’t have half a million pounds to spare, this might be the workshop for you. The session includes; An overview of independent film-making, story concept generation, the standard ‘rules’ of low budget film making, when to break the rules, scripting, casting, finding the ‘voice’ of the film, what to adapt when things change & what not to adapt, the shoot, the edit, test screenings and premiers and festivals.

For tickets ‘How To Make A Movie For 43 Pounds’ screenings on Saturday 3rd May at 18:00, and Sunday 4th May at 19:45 please contact Phoenix Square cinema on 0116 242 2800.

For information on the accompanying talk on Sunday 4th May at 13:00 to 16:00 priced £13/£11 concessions see here and book either online or via 0116 242 2800.

Mar 062014

43 Pounds Premiere External PosterSo the dust settles on the fantastic premiere of How To Make A Movie For 43 Pounds. We were in good company as our poster nestled between American Hustle and 20 Years A Slave.  Hours before the screening Phoenix Square Cinema notified the public that it was sold out.

A Q and A followed the screening with Director Rhys Davies, writer Rod Duncan and lead Christopher J. Herbert,  and was hosted by Simon Cox.

Since then the first review , by Siobhan Logan, has been posted online, from which the above quote was taken.

Now its on to the festival circuit!

 Here’s the slightly abridged review;
‘How to Make a Movie for £43’ is a wry comedy about the urgent realities of independent film-making – and also a love story. This IS the story of guerrilla film-making at its best. It begins with the witty premise of a down-at-heels director, (formerly a logistics manager) being persuaded by his charlatan producer to make a movie for the record-breaking low of £43 – bringing ‘guaranteed PR’.
I also enjoyed the pastiche/homage style of filming. The snow-scene is shot as a colour-tinted music video, camera circling our woolly-hatted heroine. Other episodes include an art-house love scene with heroine in red dress wading through a rape field ablaze with yellow. But the dominant style is that of shambling mockumentary realism, a little dog-eared and smoke-stained, shot in empty pub function-rooms and warehouse floors.
In the post-screening Q&A, writer Rod Duncan revealed that actors’ improvisation was crucial to the film’s naturalism. Sometimes his writerly bon mots needed to be cast aside in favour of a muttered-in-the-moment authenticity. But scenes always had their ‘through-line’ which the actors could hold onto when letting loose – as in the wonderfully expletive-strewn ‘Not the Blu-Ray’ scene.
The film-within-the-film is an ‘epic romance’ shot in Leicester’s side streets and by-ways. Rhys Davies, the real RD, coaxed beautiful performances out of his actors. In the ‘talking heads’ documentary interviews, Olwen Davies evinces a sweet fresh naturalism and James Murton totally nails a gently self-mocking portrait of an up-for-anything student actor who sheds clothes at the drop of a clapper-board. His performance is entirely unself-conscious but deftly comic throughout, as understated as The Office’s Tim. But a comedy needs its grotesques. Sylvana Maimone’s Producer is deliberately stagey. A woman always performing herself, she could have stepped straight out of the PR-spun world of Twenty-Twelve. She also reminded me a tad of Frasier‘s agent Bibi, whose voracious amorality I always adored.
A tortured soul is the film’s protagonist, the mock-Director played by Christopher J Herbert. He serves up the cringing realism of a character whose ambitions for his hand-crafted film are ‘epic’ but who cannot bear to be fixed by the camera’s gaze himself, delivering his CU lines into his straggly face hair or faux-leather hat. Yet he carries the film by making the viewer care about his ‘journey’ from pitch to premiere.

Indeed the film has a lot of heart as well as hip indie wit. It conveys the underpaid, possibly never paid, passion of guerrilla film-making. And it even draws us into the fictional romance of the two ‘leads’, cast  because they have the vital ‘chemistry’ of  just-found-each-other lovers. In Duncan’s clever script, their passion waxes and wanes in inverse order to the scripted romance. But the film  created a genuine lump in the throat moment in a moving climactic scene between Olwyn Davies and James Murton. Although Duncan has included a great joke about the script being mangled and tossed away in the editing room, in fact, the shaping of the story arc is one of the film’s most satisfying elements. It is beautifully patterned, working through an elliptical orbit which perfectly counters the mockumentary’s air of shambolic realism.

As the the Q/A afterwards told us, it takes a lot of practice to make a film look ‘amateurish’ but the end result is anything but. Can I also mention that this film was a ‘crowd-funded’ venture in which local people invest in home-grown film-makers and where the production calls in favours and conjures small-daily miracles to keep the cameras rolling? In £43, Suresh Dippy’s suitably dour Editor literally eats, sleeps and lives on the mixing board in a ‘borrowed’ editing suite. It’s a precarious business as this indie-comedy explores but Hive Films have by now mastered their guerrilla art. ‘£43’ more than re-pays the investment and offers a finely crafted indie gem that will tickle your funny bones and make you care not only about its lovers but the guerrillas behind the cameras.

Jan 242014

43poundsTickets are now available for the premiere of Hive Films second feature film, ‘How To Make A Movie For 43 Pounds’. Filmed in Leicester the premiere is on the opening Saturday evening of Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival, in its 21st year the longest running comedy festival in Britain.

One man. One dream.  No budget. Rhys has quit the day job to live the dream. But can a former ‘logistics process manager’ really direct an epic romance in just 12 months? Helping him are a scheming producer, a paranoid writer and actors who don’t even need to act because they’re really in love. What could possibly go wrong? Our documentary crew followed him to find out.

For tickets ‘How To Make A Movie For 43 Pounds’ preview screening on Saturday 8th February 2014 at 7:30 pm please contact Phoenix Square cinema.

Jan 132014

Zombie Undead in BFI Book Release

‘British Trash Cinema’ is a BFI overview of British exploitation and cult paracinema from the 1950s onwards featuring extensive coverage of Hive Films ‘Zombie Undead’.

From horror, science fiction and sexploitation, to art-house camp and Hammer’s prehistoric fantasies, author I.Q. Hunter draws on rare archival material and new primary research to take us through the weird and wonderful world of British trash cinema. The book explores topics including: Hammer’s overlooked fantasy films, the emergence of the sexploitation film in the 1950s and 60s, low budget independent horror, and Ken Russell’s high camp Gothic and erotic adaptations since the 1980s.

‘Zombie Undead’ takes center stage in the chapter ‘Zombies, Sleeze and Psychomania’ where I.Q.Hunter analysis the film and its place in the canon of low budget horror.