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JOHN X CAREY MARKS THE SPOT FOR HUNKYDORY.
28 January 2020

American filmmaker John X Carey is back in the UK thanks to HunkyDory.

It’s a reunion of sorts as he joins the spiritual successor to Mustard Films - the company that first brought him to these shores. The Missouri-born director now aims to pick up where he left off.

Fans of Gareth Malone, for example, will remember Carey’s 2015 work for Philips, which turned a group of people with reduced lung capacity into a choir. Tight editing and a sympathetic tone do Malone and company's efforts justice.


In a similar vein, Carey’s portrait of Welsh rugby legend Shane Williams for Guinness is both uplifting and reverential, regardless of your international allegiance. The American’s documentary background also ensure tropes like ‘size matters’ and ‘real men don’t cry’ are skewered in elegant fashion.


Carey also went viral, so to speak, in 2013 with Dove’s ‘Real Beauty Sketches’ campaign. Here, Gil Zamora - a forensic artist who works for the FBI - draws a number of women based on their own descriptions of themselves and then draws them again based on other people's descriptions... and the contrast is enormous.


Click here to see more of John X Carey's work. For more information, ring HunkyDory's Ronae Rayson (ronae@hunkydoryfilms.co.uk) or Naomi Simpson (naomi@hunkydoryfilms.co.uk) on 020 7267 5000.

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