subtitle - director
rhys directing

A trained graphic artist & photographer, Rhys Hayward initially learnt his craft working on low-budget shorts, whilst employed as a runner & script reader for various London-based production companies (Scala Productions, Working Title Films).

A breakthrough occurred when short film “Behind a Smile” was short-listed for CH4’s Shooting Gallery series – it went on to receive further recognition from the likes of Bryan Forbes (director of the original Stepford Wives).

Child Book

His passion for moving image has since led to forays into the world of music video, with work broadcast on SKY TV's popular music channels Scuzz and Musicians Channel.

Heavy Duty, a feature film in which Rhys served as producer, writer, and director, went on to gain a U.S. distributor in 2012, and has since been released on DVD in Benelux, and also had a debut television broadcast in the Middle East via Italia Film – the largest U.S.A./European independent buyer & distributor for the Middle East and Disney’s exclusive distributor in the region.

Please visit www.firsthandfeatures.com for more information on current and forthcoming projects.



music video / documentary / film