Jan 112014

Kickstarter CoverHive Films in collaboration with SawScale Films are launcing a Kickstarter campaign for their new short film ‘Finding Richard’. With pre-production complete ‘Finding Richard’ is to be shot and edited in February. The aim is to enter and screen in Cannes 2014. The funding will cover equipment hire, acting talent and crew travel and expenses.

‘Finding Richard’ – Gull is a young boy who is searching for signs of Richard III. What he finds isnt quite what he – or his Grandad – expected.




Nov 262013

Rapid HIV Testing advert created by Hive Films to be shown on Channel 4.

Hive Films were contacted by a local HIV agency to produce a bespoke advert to promote their rapid HIV testing service. Introduced in 2008 this service allows HIV tests to be conducted at Leicestershire AIDS Support Services and results given within minutes. The advert was designed to convey the importance of HIV testing and how vital it is to be tested early. Part of the remit was to not create a scaremongering advert but one which would encourage people to test out of an informed decision.

The advert is in 15 different languages with actors from 10 countries. Shot in the studio of Phoenix Square over one day using a Sony EX1. The message is clear, it is better to know your own HIV status – early diagnosis can save lives.


Nov 202013

Dave's Comedy FestivalHive Films second feature film, ‘How To Make A Movie For 43 Pounds’ has a special preview screening on the opening Saturday evening of Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival 2014.

Now in its 21st year, Dave’s Leicester Comedy Festival  is the longest running comedy festival in Britain. 2014 sees over 640 shows over 17 days (7th – 23rd Feb 2014) with big names, exciting new stars of the comedy world and some very special comedy festival events along the way.

The full festival lineup will be announced on Monday 25th November when the brochure will be made available in hard copy in city outlets and venues or via digital download.

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.

Jun 232013


Hive Films Rhys Davies will direct a feature film as part of a unique award that aims to equip aspiring film-makers with the skills and experience to forge a career in the film industry.

The MSc in Digital Feature Film Production is being launched by Staffordshire University in September 2013. Students are tasked to create a full-length feature film working in partnership with film production and distribution company Grand Independent. Profits from the distribution of the film will be shared between Grand Independent and the students themselves, making this course unique among universities and film schools.

Senior lecturer and Grand Independent Director Peter Rudge said: “What we are creating here is an innovative ‘micro studio’. Alongside Rhys we will work with the MSc students to develop scripts, package the projects, attach funding, produce the films and finally help distribute the completed features.

Course leader, James Fair said: “We’re looking for students with a passion for filmmaking, who are looking to develop their career upon a feature-length project. Applicants will need to have completed a previous undergraduate degree in a related field or have a portfolio of previous work to demonstrate their commitment to filmmaking.”

Rhys Davies commented that, “To work in conjunction with Staffordshire University to develop grass roots film making within my region is an exciting prospect. For students to graduate with a completed feature film in their portfolio is a unique selling point of the course and a great way to develop the next generation of filmmakers.”

Anna Seifert-Speck, the Senior Talent Executive at Creative England who introduced Grand Independent to Rhys, said, “The course is a great initiative and I am impressed by the entrepreneurial spirit at its core.”

Further details on the course can be found here.

Press release.


Jun 062013

triangleExcited to announce Hive have been selected for a unique development opportunity for UK feature film writers, directors and producers.

Triangle is a 10 month programme to support and and help form writer-producer-director teams, who will be mentored through the first stage of development for a feature film project. There will be a selection process throughout the programme, and the surviving teams will pitch the best projects to industry in February 2014.

Building on the success of the pan-northern pilot in 2011 and its inaugural national rollout in 2012, Triangle is a nationwide initiative that will support writers, producers and directors led by Screen Yorkshire with support from the Skillset Film Skills Fund. The four successful teams from Triangle 2012 have all now received further development investment from Creative England.

The goal is to find and help teams develop that can not only make a feature film together but may go on to establish as enduring a working relationship as that of the likes of Frank Cottrell Boyce/Andrew Eaton/Michael Winterbottom or Simon Pegg/Edgar Wright/Nira Park.

Jan 162013

43 Pounds ADRSpent today recording the penultimate day of ADR for ‘How To Make A Movie For 43 Pounds’. Tidying up the opening scene with Christopher J. Herbert and Silvana Maimone. Thanks to our great actors and fantastic sound recordist, Farid El-Jazouli, we left the session with all we needed. Final mornings work on Monday with the narrator, Ross Underwood, and the recordings are done.

Dec 172012

Memorabilia First Draft CompleteThe first draft of ‘Memorabilia’ has been completed today. Written by Rhys Davies and Rod Duncan ‘Memorabilia’ ( working title ) tells the story of a group of 40 something’s who are united by their love of Star Wars. A feel good comedy, ‘Memorabilia’ will looking for finance development in 2013.

Nov 302012

43 Pounds Test ScreeningsLast week saw the final test screening for ‘How To Make A Movie For 43 Pounds’. The preview audiences were selected from a cross-section of the population, and asked to complete a questionnaire. While often test screenings are run with a rough cut, these were conducted with an advanced edit. The responses will be used to tighten the edit and make the final edit as strong as possible.

Sep 272012

Sleepy Dog logoHive Films are excited to announce an ongoing partnership with developers Sleepydog. Sleepydog are the BAFTA award winning creators of Playstation game Buzz! and are currently working in partnership with a number of global TV production companies in developing innovative new programming for international television markets.

Hive are collaborating with Sleepydog to develop projects for American television. Hive have been commissioned to develop initial concepts to fully worked product through character development, story arc, treatment, and scripts.

Sleepydog’s existing slated projects include Slingers. A sci-fi action-adventure, Slingers follows five displaced adventurers as they hop from outpost to outpost, casino to casino, pleasure ship to pleasure ship – taking their chances where they can. Human civilisation is in a state of disarray, strung out across the galaxy. Along the way, the Slingers plan ambitious heists, getting their own back on the unscrupulous profiteers who made a fast buck at the expense of their comrades in arms. The Rat Pack in space…

Sep 182012

fw-logo-transHive director Rhys Davies has been selected as part of a new fast track scheme for film talent in the English region – Filmworks.

A Film Networks project participants join peer filmmakers and leading film professionals with world-class reputations at one of three regional creative hubs for a series of practice-oriented workshops, one-on-one mentoring sessions, masterclasses and networking. Managed by Watershed in Bristol and co-produced by ShowroomWorkstation in Sheffield and Broadway in Nottingham, FilmWorks offers a priceless opportunity for talent to expand both their creative, and commercial potential.

Filmworks is supported by the National Lottery through the BFI and Creative England.