Nare Mokgotho joins HunkyDory!

We're tremendously excited to be adding Nare Mokgotho to our director roster!

Comedy-director Nare is no run-of-the-mill director. Having grown up on a steady diet of movies and commercials, Nare pursued a career in advertising as a copywriter. His admiration for the brevity and ambition of commercials inspired him to enter the industry after art school. For him commercials are narrative haikus.

Nare picked up several awards while working in advertising, before making his move in commercial film production. As a director he quickly made his mark. In 2019, he won two Gold Screen Awards at the 20th Edition of the Young Directors Award for his first two commercials; ShowMax “Zero Bucks Given” and RapidLion “Wreaths”.

A true creative, Nare is also a practising visual artist who has exhibited both locally and internationally. His accolades include nominations for the Vera List Prize for Art and Politics (2016 - 2018), the MTN New Contemporaries (2012) and the Sasol New Signatures (2008).

His years as an ad-man taught him to interrogate ideas as much as possible, which has resulted in the firm conceptual grounding, pitch-perfect timing and humour that defines his work. He also maintains that ‘you can only produce as well as you consume’ and to that end he reads, watches and listens to a wide variety of material. With all these varied influences, what Nare holds above all else is a comedic narrative well-told.


As You Were…

The Prime Minister announced further restrictions in relation to COVID to operate throughout England from Thursday 5th November to Wednesday 2nd December.

The new restrictions DO NOT effect shoots - they can continue as before.

Our industry body, APA - Advertising Producers Association​, created a set of government recognised COVID guidelines to shoot safely and responsibly & which we continue to stridently adhere to.


HunkyDory welcome Paul Quinn!

We are delighted to announce that writer and director Paul Quinn has joined HunkyDory for commercial representation.

A former creative with a CV that includes stints at Leo Burnett, ITV and 4Creative, Paul moved into directing and has carved out a varied reel that covers both vibrant tabletop and live action, all with plenty of down-to-earth charm and humour.

Having came up through the broadcast television world, Paul especially values storytelling and narrative in his films, and Paul’s easy nature with talent in front of, and behind the camera makes him a pleasure to work with.

In his spare time he fancies himself an Olympic swimmer (he isn't), a gifted screenwriter (he's working on it) and a loving dog owner (if you ask, he'll bring Luna the Pomsky on his shoots).

Paul's reel includes campaigns for brands including McDonald’s, Lurpak, Samsung, Betfair, The Guardian and Shreddies.


Bobby Farrelly Q&A

HunkyDory EP Ronae Rayson sat down recently for a transatlantic lockdown Q&A with the inimitable Bobby Farrelly!

Check out the chinwag below and hit the image on the left to view Bobby's reel.


HunkyDory add comedy director Tom Marshall

HunkyDory are incredibly excited to add British director Tom Marshall to the team!

Hailing from the glamourous media hotbed of Middlesbrough in the North East. Tom won the BBC New Talent Award with his short film bigboy_74, '...a comedy about suicide and dogging', and was part of Channel 4's prestigious Coming Up scheme.

Tom directed the BAFTA-winning series Chewing Gum, and also co-writes and directs the BAFTA-winning sketch show Famalam, the third series of which is to be released later in the year.

In the US he has directed the upcoming Ted Lasso starring Jason Sudeikis (Horrible Bosses, Hall Pass) for Apple TV and recently completed work on Space Force starring Steve Carrell (Big Short, Anchorman) coming to Netflix 29th of May.


Ready to work…

A-P-A set out new Covid-19 production guidelines...

The A-P-A have published new shooting guidelines (available at the link on the left) so that our industry can get back to doing what is does best - making fantastic work.

HunkyDory are committed to following these safe-shooting practices and ready to work to new briefs and collaborate on upcoming projects.

Our studio and office (complete with post-production facilities) is already set up for this new way of working and we are excited about adapting with these unique times.

If you have any enquiries, call us on... +44 (0)20 7267 5000

Or email... [email protected]


BLOG: What next?


First off, I hope you all had a restful Easter break and took advantage of the heatwave! For many of us, it is a time of reflection, an opportunity to take stock and think about the devastating effect the pandemic is having on communities and families all over the world.

Now is a time to keep families and friends close and in our thoughts, and act responsibly for the greater good. Hopefully there will be a gradual easing of our lockdown and our industry can get back to work when it is safe and right to do so.

We are fortunate to work in an amazing advertising community; we are creative, independent and resourceful, and our strength, compassion and support for each other will help us through these uncertain times.

Obviously it’s not right to push a new secret recipe sauce, or a holiday in the Maldives right now, but clients may have airtime booked and want to as brands, give messages of support, or help worthy causes, and we as an industry are here to help in any way we can.

With that in mind, HunkyDory and Chuck Studios are standing by and gladly offer our services to partner with agencies and brands to promote and support messages of hope, goodwill, and help re-establish a compassionate connection with consumers during these incredibly testing times.

We have a studio, we have a motion-control rig, we have animators, motion graphics and 3D collectives, as well as directors and producers who can all work safely and respectfully to help you meet any briefs or messages you may want to share. If you want to learn more about our London studio and our animation capabilities do call for a chat!

We’ve also been inspired by our partners at Chuck Studios, who are finding their own safe ways of shooting - scaled-down skeleton crews, distancing on set, live-streaming shoots to agencies and clients etc. proving that creativity will never truly stop.

So with that, please stay safe and healthy, re-connect with people, or maybe that list of DIY you thought you’d never have time for...or just watch box sets and enjoy your downtime as best you can.

Take care,

JD and the HunkyDory Team


COVID-19 Update

What we are doing at HunkyDory


Following on from recent Government advice and in the interests of everybody’s safety, HunkyDory are now working remotely, but we can still be reached on our office line and via email.

Like everyone, we are monitoring the situation daily, beavering away with ongoing projects, and are ready to consult and collaborate on exciting future ones too!

Our office and studio (equipped with motion control rig, lights etc.) have been deep-cleaned from top-to-bottom and we are prepared to adapt to these challenging times and offer quick turnaround, low risk solutions whatever the brief.

If you have any enquiries, drop us a line!

Stay safe!

The HunkyDory Team


HunkyDory joins forces with Chuck Studios

Food specialists open UK office in partnership with London Production Company

Chuck Studios, the first global food-specialist creative production company, announced today the opening of its new U.K. base in London in partnership with HunkyDory films. The London office will be headed up by Executive Producer Pete Ryan who has worked in the UK food sector for over 13 years. Chuck Studios was founded in 2011 by Ellen Gaedtgens and Olaf van Gerwen and is headquartered in Amsterdam with studios in Moscow and Los Angeles.

Co-founder and global creative director Olaf van Gerwen commented: “Some of the best food campaigns in the world originate from UK clients. For us as a company that is the most important condition: fertile ground for highly creative, unique and mouth-watering campaigns.”

Chuck Studios describes itself as a ‘new breed of food and tabletop company’. Founder Ellen Gaedtgens: ‘Chuck Studios is not male- and technology dominated like many of our peers, but diverse and as obsessed by the communications challenge as by the taste appeal. With bases now in four regions, Chuck Studios can offer their talent and expertise for everything food and drink related on a larger scale and both on and off the table.’

Ryan, previously a producer at Park Village, brings 13 years of food experience for clients such as Tesco, Sharwood’s and McDonalds. “It’s a great opportunity to work with trusted and respected partners like Chuck Studios and HunkyDory. We think every food brand deserves a unique culinary identity. We can share knowledge and talent with all other Chuck Studios branches and collaborate with the storytelling talent of HunkyDory. What’s not to like?’

HunkyDory’s managing director John Doris says: “I’m so excited about teaming up with Chuck Studios.  They have amazing food and tabletop talent from around the world that we can tap into for the UK market. HunkyDory and Chuck Studios can offer brilliant solutions in cross fertilising our HunkyDory directing talent with Chuck Studios culinary expertise.’

About Chuck Studios
Chuck Studios is the first global food-specialist creative production company, founded by Ellen Gaedtgens and Olaf van Gerwen in 2011. The company helps brands around the globe develop a distinct culinary identity. Using their expertise in food-specialist film production combined with creative and strategic capabilities, the team crafts high-end content for brands such as McDonald’s,

About Chuck Studios

Chuck Studios is the first global food-specialist creative production company, founded by Ellen Gaedtgens and Olaf van Gerwen in 2011. The company helps brands around the globe develop a distinct culinary identity. Using their expertise in food-specialist film production combined with creative and strategic capabilities, the team crafts high-end content for brands such as


John X. Carey joins HunkyDory for UK representation!

We are delighted to welcome acclaimed director John X. Carey to HunkyDory!

Having previously worked with HunkyDory's John Doris at Mustard Films, this move marks somethings of a 'return home' for the director.

John rose to prominence with the much-heralded 'Real Beauty Sketches' for Dove, which within one month of release accumulated over 150 million views on YouTube and was officially titled 'The most viewed commercial of all time'.

A master of emotional and intimate character stories, John's work has been featured by The New York Times, The Today Show, CNN, TIME, Forbes, ABC News, and many others. John has partnered with top agencies like BBDO, Grey, Wieden+Kennedy, 72andSunny, Ogilvy, and others.

He has helmed campaigns for clients including Apple, Coca-Cola, Samsung, Dove, Guinness, Google, Philips and many more.