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.


Congratulations Tom Marshall!


Apple+ TV's 'Ted Lasso' (episodes 1, 2, and 4 directed by HunkyDory's Tom Marshall) has garnered a raft of award nominations, cementing it's status as one of the TV hits of the year.

The fish-out-of-water show starring Jason Sudeikis won a string of fans thanks to its sweet and optimistic tone and has been rewarded with nods for Best Comedy and Best TV Actor in a Comedy (Jason Sudeikis) at the Golden Globes.

Tom's pilot episode was also nominated at The Writers Guild of America Awards in the Episodic Comedy category, while the show picked up further nominations for Best Comedy and Best New Show.

Congratulations to Tom and the entire Ted Lasso team!


Sune Sorensen lifts the winter gloom!

New Christmas film for Doc Morris goes viral

HunkyDory’s Sune Sorensen has caused a stir with the launch of his new festive film ‘Take Care’ for pharmaceutical brand Doc Morris.

Made in collaboration with Jung von Matt / SAGA, the heartwarming film sees a man of advancing years embarking on a highly motivated winter fitness regime, much to the amusement of neighbours, and concerns of family. While we don’t see what’s driving him until the very end, the tearjerking payoff has seen the film go viral.

Twitter tastemaker Rex Chapman and hiphop artist and actor LL Cool J shared the spot leading it to receive tens of millions of views and leaving many to proclaim it as the ‘Christmas Ad of the Year’.

Closer to home, the film has featured in The Independent and The Sun newspapers, and on Shots where it was described as ‘RIDICULOUSLY sweet’, and David Reviews where it received a glowing 5 star write-up.

Click the image to check out Sune's showreel!


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