Welcome Sasha Levinson!

US director joins HunkyDory team

HunkyDory Films have added director Sasha Levinson to their roster.

Inspired by the beginnings, middle and endings found organically in life’s narrative, her work is focused on exploring the goodness that connects us all.

Sasha spent the formative years of her career shooting music videos with such luminaries as Mary J. Blige, 50 Cent, Angelique Kidjo and Cake. This electric sensibility still informs her aesthetic today.

Sasha’s work has seen her collaborate with internationally renowned celebrities, brands, and philanthropic organisations, including the Dalai Lama, Oprah Winfrey, Serena Williams, Google, Microsoft and Blockchains.

Her branded short film for Las Vegas tourism, about a surprise Lesbian wedding in Vegas, won multiple awards and went viral, becoming the most positively commented-on piece of advertising of all time, on YouTube. She also created a short film for The Dalai Lama called A Force For Good, which was used to communicate his vision for humanity to the Western world and premiered at his 80th birthday celebration.

Sasha’s first feature film SYLVIE of THE SUNSHINE STATE premiered at Slamdance in 2022 where Sasha won the George Sparks Spirit of Slamdance Award.

On joining HunkyDory, Sasha had this to say:

“I’ve always admired advertising campaigns from the UK for their mix of wit and powerful visuals so I’m inspired to now join HunkyDory’s community of storytellers!”


Trevor McMahan joins our ranks!

HunkyDory is Trevor's new UK home

HunkyDory Films have added director Trevor McMahan to their director roster!

After starting out at Smuggler as the “third arm” of directing collective HAPPY, Trevor went solo, putting together a body of work that aims to defy genre but always deliver on a creative vision – to push each project toward its own iconic voice. And sometimes really shiny awards.

With a mix of authentic performances and cinematic storytelling, both humanity and humour, Trevor has worked for clients including Coca Cola, Google, Visa, T-Mobile, McDonald’s, Jeep, and Cadbury. Shiny-awards-collecting-dust-in-his-garage include multiple Cannes Gold Lions, the cfp-e Young Director’s Award, and a certificate of induction into MOMA’s permanent collection as an AICP honouree. But the focus has always been on telling the next story better than the last. And there’s still a some room on that shelf between the paint thinner and power tools.

John Doris, HunkyDory Managing Partner, had this to say of his new recruit…

"Trevor’s work is so honest and authentic, endearing and humorous storytelling coupled with a rite-of-passage feel good factor, you can’t help smile and fall in love with the narratives he executes and his casting choices at the heart of his stories.”


HunkyDory welcomes Thomas Beug!

Director joins for exclusive UK commercial representation

HunkyDory are thrilled to welcome director Thomas Beug to its roster!

Thomas’ directing work brings together a spontaneous, real-life sensibility with an eye for beautifully composed, cinematic visuals. He is happiest when he is telling the stories of weird and wonderful human beings. Thomas has worked with some of the world’s top sports celebrities including Usain Bolt, Simone Biles, Novak Djokovic and Thierry Henry.

Thomas has worked as a director and showrunner on multiple branded documentary series. Most recently he partnered with Viceland and adidas Originals acting as showrunner on a series called Never Too Late which examined up-and-coming artists in LA and NYC. Thomas’ commercial and film work has won multiple awards including honors at The One Show, Cannes Lions, The Fastnet Film Festival, Red Rock Film Festival and DOC NYC.

On joining HunkyDory, Thomas had this to say…

“I'm excited to join such an inspiring team at HunkyDory and get the opportunity to do some work in what is undoubtedly one of the most creative markets in the world.”

HunkyDory Managing Partner John Doris adds…

“I was immediately drawn to and have long admired Thomas’ work. Thomas tells beautifully composed, captivating, wonderful human life stories. Nuanced, docu-storytelling is at the heart of Thomas’ creative craft.”


Tom McKay joins HunkyDory!

Comedy director signs for UK commercial representation

Comedy director Tom McKay has joined HunkyDory Films for commercial representation in the UK. With over two decades experience in the TV industry, Tom has directed a wide and diverse range of comedy programmes and has worked with such names as Peter Kay, Olivia Coleman, Jack Whitehall, Stephen Merchant and Chris O’Dowd.

He was at the helm for three series of Drunk History on Comedy Central UK, oversaw two series of JERK for BBC Three, Morgana Robinson’s The Agency for BBC Two.

HunkyDory managing partner John Doris feels he has unearthed another comedy gem in McKay…

“Tom makes TV really funny and when I saw his Drunk History, I laughed out loud and really felt that his brand of comedy translates to any medium – so I had to sign him and introduce Tom to the world of commercials and content!”

Tom has just completed post on the new series of Bloods for SKY, working alongside Samson Kayo, Jane Horrocks and Julian Barrett, and is raring to go in the world of UK commercials!


Pringles ‘Meet Frank’ in Adage’s Top 30 Ads of 2021

Conor Byrne helmed campaign makes the top 10

HunkyDory's Pringle campaign 'Meet Frank' has made Adage's list of the Top 30 Ads of 2021.

In the campaign (directed by Conor Byrne), undead cowboy Frank escapes from the video game 'West of Dead' with a hankering for human flesh, however his bloodlust is instead sated by the delicious Pringles.

In addition to the TVC and a series of online spots, there was also a Twitch campaign that saw Frank engage with a real gamers on a live stream.


HunkyDory Films open new Prague office

Having recently moved to a new home in Islington, London-based production company HunkyDory Films has begun its European expansion with the opening of a new base in the heart of Prague.
The new venture will allow HunkyDory to offer clients greater production solutions and accessibility following what has been a very challenging period for the industry.

John Doris, Managing Partner of HunkyDory is excited about the company's new chapter “Prague is a wonderful shoot centre with an incredible choice of amazing locations and studios, as well as offering a high production resource at competitive rates.”

Doris continues “We’re all about the creative opportunities and high production standards, whilst giving clients extreme value in shooting direct with HunkyDory in the Czech Republic.”
“We have shot in Prague many times and have a real affinity with the place. This new Prague HQ allows us to really showcase our knowledge of the city and provide amazing value and a wonderful shoot experience for our clients.”

The new Prague office marks the first phase of HunkyDory’s European expansion. For more information on HunkyDory Prague and the myriad production solutions it offers, contact our production team!


HunkyDory’s Sam Miller wins BAFTA TV Craft Award!

More plaudits for the groundbreaking 'I May Destroy You'

HunkyDory's Sam Miller has won the Best Director: Fiction award at the 2021 BAFTA TV Craft Awards for 'I May Destroy You' alongside creator, writer and star Michaela Coel.

Sam directed the first 3 episodes before co-directing the remainder of the smash-hit series with first-time director Coel.

The series also won Writing and Editing awards on the night and follows recognition at a string of award shows including the Independent Spirit Awards, RTS Programme Awards and the upcoming British Academy Television Awards.

Everyone at HunkyDory wishes Sam a huge congratulations!


Thea Slevin joins HunkyDory as Executive Producer

HunkyDory Films have expanded their production team with the addition of experienced producer Thea Slevin. Thea will work alongside Ronae Rayson, tasked with developing HunkyDory’s roster of directing talent, both established and upcoming.

HunkyDory MD John Doris had been tracking Thea for some time and enthused about his new team…

“Thea and Ronae have a vast agency production background and are fully appreciative of agency creative sensibilities and needs. Their collective knowledge will be a great conduit for matching the right HunkyDory talent to the right agency project, as well as developing new and existing relationships.”

Executive Producer Ronae Rayson adds…

"Thea and I go back years. She is tremendously respected and well-loved in the industry and shares the same positive attitude and love of making great work with everyone else on the team. She’s a great addition!”

On her new role, Thea had this to say…

“I’ve known John and Ronae for a long time and I’m thrilled to be joining the HunkyDory family. I am looking forward to producing some fantastic new work with our talented roster of directors.”


Kate Cox is HunkyDory!

Director joins for exclusive UK commercial representation

HunkyDory is thrilled to be adding Kate Cox to its directing roster!

Kate provides HunkyDory with a truly unique visual style that is striking and bold, while also raw and intimate. She's a crusading filmmaker who pushes casting, style and emotion to new heights in everything she makes. Having already shot two campaigns with HunkyDory and impressing all involved, it felt right to make the partnership official.

Kate graduated from Nottingham Trent University with a First Class Hons in Fine Art and went on to work as Assistant Art Director in film and TV, before moving to London to hone her photographic eye by assisting editorial and portrait photographers. In 2017, Kate began directing her own scripts. Kate’s films tackle the complex, current and distinctly human subject matters that are too often underrepresented on screen. Being drawn to ideas of gender, the female experience and sexuality, Kate’s storytelling is both tender and bold, refusing to shy from the emotionally knotty and sensitive themes at its core.

Her first short, VERT (2019) starring Nikki Amuka-Bird, Nick Frost and Olivia Vinall, won the SXSW Vimeo Staff Pick award and went on to be featured on Amazon Prime. VERT explores identity through a V.R device that shows the characters their "ideal self". What is supposed to be a sexual reawakening for the couple celebrating their 20th wedding anniversary becomes the unearthing of Jeff's secret, which shifts their relationship indelibly.

Kate is currently in pre-production for her second short TORR and has her feature script BAMBINA in the early stages of development.


Sam Miller directs upcoming BBC drama Danny Boy

HunkyDory's Sam Miller is putting the finishing touches to brand new feature length drama 'Danny Boy'.

The film tells the story of real-life soldier Brian Wood, played by Anthony Boyle (Ordeal By Innocence, The Plot Against America), accused of war crimes in Iraq by the human rights lawyer Phil Shiner, played by Toby Jones (Marvellous, Detectorists).

The two men go head to head in a legal and moral conflict that takes us from the battlefield - at so-called Checkpoint Danny Boy - to the courtroom, and one of Britain’s biggest ever public inquiries, the Al-Sweady Inquiry.

Sam said of the project: “I’m very excited to be telling this story featuring the Battle of Danny Boy and the subsequent fallout, both personally and politically, for Brian and others.

"The film is a candid and subtle delve into a troubled sequence in recent history that sets up an undertow threatening all those involved. The intimate questions raised about the nature of soldiering and the political ramifications are never more prescient.”

Danny Boy will be broadcast this summer on BBC Two.