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The Hive by Ed Lilly

The Hive by Ed Lilly

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4.5.0 / 5


A desperate petty thief and his little brother embark on a dawn raid to steal a stack of beehives.

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Lewis needs to get himself and weaker younger brother Jake out of the back of their van before another winter bites. He plans a dawn raid to steal a stack of beehives, so they can finally get their dream caravan. However, the bee-keeper, already hit twice, has other ideas.

Set in the current agricultural crisis surrounding the worlds rapidly decreasing bee population, The Hive is a traditional British story with a twist.

Short fact:

Brian Percival (Downtown Abbey, Emmy Award Winning Director) mentored Ed Lilly on The Hive and had this to say about the film "Brilliant, really brilliant. The performances and casting are really good and it's beautifully shot".

  • Lewis

    John Weaver
  • Jake

    Calam Williamson
  • Farmer

    Jason Furnival
Funded By

Made with the support of the UK Film Council's New Cinema Fund.

Related Links

Blind Aura Pictures

The making of The Hive

Festivals & Screenings

BAFTA Industry Screening 2010

Encounters Industry Screening 2010


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12 comments posted.

  • Dec 21, 2011

    Ed Lilly

    Thank you all for taking the time to watch and comment. We're all really pleased you enjoyed the film, it was a lot of fun to make! Ed

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  • Dec 18, 2011


    well done ed and andy - i thought this was a brilliant short - simple narrative yet deep and complex story, great performances and strong visuals.

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  • Nov 9, 2011


    Really enjoyed this short. Well done John :)

    I also live on a barge

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  • Nov 8, 2011


    If I were asked to describe this film in one word, I would have to say it was an emotional rollercoaster

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  • Nov 8, 2011


    Great little film - beautifully shot and paced and with superb acting.

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  • Nov 7, 2011

    El Capitano Bacono III

    When I'm alone all, out at sea on my barge. Its a large barge. I need inspiration to keep the dark thoughts at bay and it is shorts like this which keep the demons pushed deep, deep down.

    I thoroughly enjoyed this piece of work and was quite upset when it finished. It's a shame it was a short rather than a long.

    I'm praying to the mighty Poseidon that this gets turned into a feature film.

    Excellent work!!!

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  • Nov 7, 2011


    Excellent short, makes you want to know more about the characters

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  • Nov 7, 2011


    absolutely brilliant, all cast and crew should be very proud.

    nice work john! ;oP xx

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  • Nov 7, 2011

    Kirsty Greenwood

    Fab film, actors are great. I came to the viewing top job Guys

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  • Nov 7, 2011


    Well done John Weaver! Very good short film :o) we need to see more of you!

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