29 Jun 2017

Child in Their Eyes – Out Now

I'm proud announce the official online release of Child in Their Eyes. After playing at a couple of festivals in London (particularly my area of Norwood, albeit the wrong end of Norwood) and some rather special screenings in London and Toronto, Child in Their Eyes is officially out for you all to enjoy. I want to say thank you to the main lead Alex. She put in a lot to this project and we even managed to record a single, which you can listen to on Spotify or buy on iTunes. I want to also give a shout James for being such a great supporting actor. It's been a pleasure to finally work with a long time friend, finally. Also thanks to Fabien, Simon and Emily for their involvement in making the song come to life, and Beatloafe's specially commissioned remix, which you can buy on iTunes or listen on

From the star of our first first project to now a Sweden based Photographer

Jose Francos-Rodriguez is an old friend from college (or high school), who we both grew up in London together (albeit at different schools). He was also the star of the first thing I shot has gone on to become a class act photographer with a website in a language is neither our native or family tongue. Jose Francos Foto Graf (click me) One of the beautiful things in life, is one of the people who I've grown up as an adult with, done the most weirdest and wonderful projects with, musicially, photographically, filmically; and any other lly we can think about; he's gone and started a photography business in his new home of Sweden. When you see your friends go off and do their own thing, and start a business out of it always brings a warmth to your cockles. His style and beauty really comes through, and knowing what he's like creatively I am highly impressed to see his portfolio bring out the talent I know he possess. Even though we're 7000km apart these days, we'll always have our friendship but also our creative bond that will transcend the high seas, blah blah blah, other overly sentimental stuff. So if you're in Sweden, or specially NORRKÖPING, then give this man a shout here. And if you're feeling nostalgic, this is where it all started.

01 Jun 2017

June is Child in Their Eyes Month

Today is the day we start the countdown for the release of Child in Their Eyes. A short film played at the British Urban Film Festival and Shorts in the South. We want to bring it to publicly to you all. We will be running behind the scenes throughout the month of July on our Instagram, Facebook and Twitter accounts. It won't just be us spamming you in watching what we've done, but asking for you to join us on our journey. We'll be using the #journeywoman #journeyman #comingofage #citefilm hashtags. So if you see this being branded around, then get stuck in.

Child in Their Eyes official selection at #BUFF2016

Child in Their Eyes has been selected to play at the 2016 British Urban Film Festival, known as BUFF. This is the second film to screen at the festival. Back in 2012 Grow Up was selected to play at the festival. The film was in association with CALM, was also screened on The Community Channel and was also part of the Short Film Corner at the 64th edition of the Cannes Film Festival. Grow Up was Ivan's first film that he wrote, produced and directed. But when we say his first film, we mean it's the first film he worked on that wasn't just weird random projects made with friends. It was a project built on a labour of love, shot over 5 days with professional actors, and a mixture of film professionals to varying levels. It was built on a collaboration and was a truly straight from the heart project. A lot was learnt from that experience, and even though he's directed several short films since then, Child in Their Eyes took some of the original spark from Grow Up and then mashed together with all the things learnt since then. The crew used were people Ivan has worked with before on previous projects, and he decided to put together his dream team to help meet his vision on the short. Child in Their Eyes will be shown at #BUFF2016 between the 14th to the 20th September 2016 in London. The feature version of this short…

AC Slater 2014

Listen to our first Hentucky Productions podcast presented by Ivan Madeira. This article below follows the podcast, so you can interactively follow and click on links whilst listening to the podcast. You can also download it and save it to your computer or smart device and listen to it whilst out and about Hentucky's year.  2014 has been one of those years for myself, and in turn for Hentucky. It started off with us editing up all the footage we captured in the Philippines back between October to November 2013. The first thing we focused on was 

Grow Up makes it UK TV Debut – 6th April 2013

Hentucky's first short film GROW UP debuts on the Community Channel. It premiers at 00:20 on Saturday Night/Sunday Morning of the 6th going into the 7th April. You can catch it on Sky Channel 539 / Virgin Channel 233 / Freeview 87 / BT Vision and it will be available through iPlayer. If you can skyplus/Tivo etc. A little word from the Director - Ivan Madeira In September 2009 I decided I wanted to make a feature film. It came out of the blue but for whatever caused this to happen... it made perfect sense. In those first couple of months I spoke to various people and from those conversations I realised I needed to learn the film making craft and to earn my stripes. Rather than going to film school, as basically I had bills to pay and still had some sort of career on the go to make a reasonable wage, I decided to put my money in making short films. After given a camera by my brother, the illustrious Canon 7D, I started to make loads of small short films with my friends. At the same time I was penning my first short film script, which was Grow Up. From August 2010-October 2010 I basically learnt everything about film making. From casting, turning script into production plan, working with actors, lighting, how focusing works, camera positioning but also working with a great bunch of people/actors/cast/crew to make…

Goodbye 2012 and Hello 2013

This sounds like we're bitter about the previous year... in fact that couldn't be further from the truth. It's been a pretty busy year for Hentucky, as we try to take our feature film to the next level. As part of the film makers journey though sometimes it's not as simple as having the drive and need to make a film, you have to go through some life lessons before you'd want to make that commitment. Patience is one of the key things you need to know when being a film maker. Similar, enjoying the journey is another important note to make. The obsession and the narrow mindedness can leave you just wanting the goal without learning the lessons along the way. But anyway, let's have a recap on what's gone down over the last 12 months... (roll imaginary VT). January - Underwear, the final part to the identity trilogy was shot and put in the can.   March - Chivaree Performance Shot and Released (Screened at Kino 38 in London)

Film festival season for Hentucky

This year all three of Hentucky's identity trilogy short films will be playing at festivals. This is pretty exciting news as in tandem to this we will be continue to develop the feature film, The Kick Inside. First up is Grow Up. In conjunction with CALM a male focused charity set up to reduce the high suicide rate amongst men under 35; Grow Up will feature at the British Urban Film Festival (BUFF) on the 13th of October at Oxford House in Bethnal Green. Find out more about the festival through this video and book your free ticket HERE And latest news, both CAN'T GET PAST and UNDERWEAR will be featuring at the 1st REEL GATE FILM FESTIVAL in both London between the 2-4th November in Hammersmith Studios, London, UK and between the 11-13 December. in UP Film Institute, Adarna Theatre, Manila, Philippines. This festival is great news for Hentucky as part of the festival has a focus for films with British Filipino film makers or anything with a Filipino theme behind it. This is great as these two films out of the trilogy do focus on this aspect of the story; which is integral to The Kick Inside feature. Once we know more information about this we will be let everyone know. Onwards and upwards for Hentucky.

August is the month of film for Hentucky

It feels like Hentucky hasn't been working on many things for a while, I mean the last post was on the 10th of April proves that... from a website point of view. But in fact it's been a very busy time over the past couple of months for Hentucky. Since working on our final part of the identity trilogy UNDERWEAR, which has been a journey in itself, Hentucky and myself (Ivan) has been on it. All videos at the bottom after this (rather long) break of awesome text. One of the key purposes of Underwear was to step up our game and work with a professional crew, work with different cameras (Red Epic) and start to understand a film set mentality. Using DOP, DITs, Colourists, Sound Mixers, Assistants, time keeping and such forth Hentucky wanted to establish a solid work flow to help produce a high quality short, with a minimal budget. Ultimately we wanted to work out the true parts required in film making. There is obviously a process that has been well established for tens of thousands of films, and the only way to work that out with our own small take was to go for that approach. Sweat, blood, tears and fundamental lessons were learnt making Underwear. The things around what you should be focusing on were learnt as well. You are trying to tell a story, you can have many things to help you get there…