What We Do

Music Video

Long Form Projects

HLA Classics

HLA is one of the most highly regarded independent production companies in London.  We make all forms of branded content, including TV advertising, documentaries and music videos.  Since 1987 our creative-first and craft-focused approach to filmmaking has seen us win every award going.



The HLA Family is a group of creative and dedicated people who have worked together for a long time. Over the years we have resisted representing lots of directors and have chosen to remain small and focused with the few we really believe in. We know what our qualities are and don’t chose to spread them too thin. We have an unrivalled reputation as a highly respected Production Company in London for the past 30 years and intend to keep it that way whilst continuing to enjoy our work. Trust and respect are key elements to our working philosophy, work with us and you will work with a truly dedicated team of people who care.


Established in 1987 we began our life in music video production and were quickly picked up by the advertising industry to work with leading brands. This then lead to work with Channel 4 on youth programming, short films and lots more. HLA has been producing top quality advertising work, music videos and long form projects during all this time.

At HLA we can turn our hand to anything – and often do! Check out some of our documentaries, installations and content work here…

Johnnie Walker - The Walk

The amazing talent of award winning actor Robert Carlyle is tested in this one continuous take informing us of the wonderful heritage of the Johnnie Walker Brand.

Moving Half The Mountain - Trailer

A 60 minute documentary looking back at the building of The Thai Burma Railway during WWII. Surviving Allied POW’s and the Japanese Railway Guards who were their captors talk for the first time of the memories that don’t leave them. Nominated for a Grierson Award 2015.

Poems That Make Grown Men Cry - Julian Fellows

Ben and Anthony Holden created this wonderful book and with Amnesty asked us to film contributors discussing why certain poems move them to tears.

Belstaff - For The Open Road

Motorbikes and their riders have always been central to this brand and here in this short film we celebrate this relationship.

Sony - Dime Alpha Documentary

Two photographers test Sony cameras out on what might be an ‘Intergalactic Invasion of Foam’!

Helen's Song - Trailer

In this 60 minute documentary we explore the power of music and healing through the choir Woven Gold.

Method Actor

The Shakespearean actor John Shrapnel delivers a stellar performance in Justin Stokes short Film ‘Method Actor’.

Sony - Dime Cybershot Documentary

Three close girlfriends hit the streets of Miami with Sony cameras to prove anyone can take great pictures.

Expo Zaragoza - Water For Life

Tomato’s Simon Taylor and our Mike Wells convinced the Spanish Government that HLA could produce 72 individual films exploring the themes of Water for Life. These were then displayed as installations within the signature buildings at the EXPO site in Zaragoza.

Poems That Make Grown Women Cry - Juliet Stevenson

Following the great success of ‘Poems that make Grown Men Cry’ it is the turn of the ladies to tell us their most moving poem.  Joining Juliet Stevenson are Edna O’Brien, Maureen Lipman, Anne Reid and Sunny Jacobs.