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!14.10.2021
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!
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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.”24.05.2021
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.17.03.2021
Jonathan Jones joins HunkyDory
HunkyDory Films are thrilled to be adding UK-based director Jonathan Jones to their roster. Jonathan also joins the roster of partners Chuck Studios London, who will be representing him for all food, drink and tabletop projects.
A multi-Emmy award-winning, British director with twenty years of experience working globally within commercials, factual television, documentaries and features, Jonathan is known for both his advanced technical knowledge and his unique creative approach which have allowed him to continue to push the boundaries of narrative storytelling.
His combined knowledge of both technical post-production and advanced cinematography has allowed him to move seamlessly into direction, bringing both a detailed eye and understanding of complex workflows that aid his visual storytelling approach. His most recent long-form work combines his specialism in natural history and writing dramatic narratives – the result being a new eight part Netflix Original series Tiny Creatures which launched globally on the platform August 2020 .
As an established director of photography, his award-winning cinematography has been globally recognised winning him Emmys for his work on BBC’s global phenomenon Planet Earth 2, Disney's Nature’s Elephant and National Geographic’s One Strange Rock to name a few. Jonathan has also successfully brought to life short form projects for household names such as; LandRover Jaguar, Dyson and Canon.
Jonathan has shot on just about every continent of the world, featuring breathtaking aerial landscapes and an A to Z of animals; from family pets to majestic beasts of the wild; amazing underwater worlds and species lurking within; to shooting the sleek lines of the latest LandRover cruising through the city - he is equally at home whatever the technical or cinematic brief.08.03.2021
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.24.02.2021
Congratulations Tom Marshall!
'TED LASSO' NOMINATED AT THE GOLDEN GLOBES AND WRITERS GUILD OF AMERICA AWARDS
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!18.02.2021
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!15.12.2020
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.24.11.2020
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.02.11.2020