May 192011

hole2011Zombie Undead has been selected for the opening Saturday of the Another Hole In The Head festival. After the success at Fantasporto in Portugal ZU heads across the Atlantic to San Francisco. The 8th Annual Another Hole in the Head is presented by SF IndieFest, which will also present in 2011 the 13th Annual SF Independent Film Festival and the 10th Annual SF Documentary Festival. The genre festival drew over 5000 people in 2010 and received great press. Hole in the Head presents the finest in contemporary horror, horror-comedy, sci-fi and dark fantasy with a collection of films from America and abroad, all the mayhem that fits on a celluloid print.

Mar 232011

photofinale-mg-3689Creative Leicestershire have celebrated the end of their 6-year bursary scheme for creative businesses with a final award given to Hive Films as the business with the most potential to develop and a proven history of innovation. The award of £1500 was presented to Hive Films Rhys Davies at Phoenix Square.

‘ “Winning this award is a validation of the dream that started Hive Films – to produce feature films for worldwide distribution. The award enables Hive Films to expand their professional equipment to facilitate our high quality feature film production and to enable us to continue to compete at an international level.” said Rhys whose first feature film Zombie Undead goes on general release in May.’

photo : Iain Jaques/Photofinale

Feb 222011

fantas2011ZOMBIE UNDEAD has been selected for screening on the opening night of FANTASPORTO, one of the world’s top film festivals. The festival opens on 25th February and Hive Films are being flown out to introduce the movie.

Described in “Variety” magazine as one of the 60 top film festivals of the world, and the best as far as the fantasy genre is considered 2011 marks the 31st FANTASPORTO festival. Previous years have seen films by directors such as the Coen brothers, David Cronenberg and Quentin Tarantino with the festival averaging 110,000 visitors a year and is widely covered in the international media. It has a reputation for screening major releases from Hollywood studios as well as independent movies.

Rhys Davies of Hive Films: “Competition is fierce this year, so to be selected is fantastic. But to get a 9pm slot on the opening night is a real honour.”

Feb 162011

metrodome-415HIVE FILMS are delighted to announce that METRODOME DISTRIBUTION have picked up UK and Eire rights for ‘ZOMBIE UNDEAD’.

Jezz Vernon, Head of Distribution for METRODOME says: ‘We are excited to have acquired the rights to Zombie Undead and warmly look forward to working with Rhys as we approach the release.’

Speaking of this, his debut feature film, Rhys Davies says: ‘All we had at the start was the vision of producing a high quality feature film and a mad-keen enthusiasm for classic British horror. Securing this distribution deal vindicates the dream. HIVE FILMS and everyone involved with Zombie Undead is delighted to be working with METRODOME, a distributor keen to support British independent films.’

ZOMBIE UNDEAD will be released on DVD and VOD from May 2011.

The distribution deal was negotiated for METRODOME by Head of Acquisitions and Production, James Brown and Head of Business Affairs, Kate Edwards, with director/producer Rhys Davies and actor Christopher J.Herbert handling negotiations for HIVE FILMS.

Aug 092010

beaumanor-hallBy the nature of the script, Hive Films 43 Pounds requires some shooting around the scenes. Instead of sticking 10 million leaves onto trees a la Lord Of The Rings we went for shooting with real blooms for the Spring shoot. A gorgeous day in Braunstone Park, Leicester gave us a mornings shoot of glorious colour. Although a city park the green expanse in the middle of Braunstone provided an excellent setting for a rural scene between the two love interests.

The script follows the seasons and necessitates certain scenes being shot within this enforced timeline. With the snow scenes already in the can we need to dovetails these with the last ‘winter’ shots. We have external shots from a stately home set up. This is when we will see the work shopping with the actors pay dividends.

May 232010

masterclass2009Oscar-shortlisted director and author of the bestselling Guerilla Film Makers Handbook, Chris Jones in conjunction with Hive Films, brings his highly acclaimed Masterclass to Leicester.

This two-day workshop is designed to empower YOU to make your own movie, bring it to market and sustain a life-long career. Covering the film making process from conception to completion and beyond, this roller coaster course will demystify film industry mythology and arm you against common pitfalls. It will also ask the biggest question… WHY…? It is this component that informs the whole course and is the genesis for the amazing transformation that many attendees experience. Buckle up!

Sat 19th June – Sun 20th June.;


Apr 142010

zu-leicester-fabrika-screening-smallHive Films in conjunction with Fabrika are pleased to announce a charity screening of Zombie Undead. The Arts Organisation in Leicester are having a special one off showing of ZU in aid of Amnesty International on Saturday 17th April. For more information see the Facebook group.