Hakalax Productions is currently producing a +90 min long cinema documentary about the professional heavyweight boxer Robert Helenius. The film is directed by Kim Finn, whose film crew has followed closely the matches and life of Helenius for over two years and intends to continue the filming of Helenius until he wins the World Champion title in heavyweight boxing.
The Nordic Nightmare (aka Den Nordiska Mardrömmen / Pohjolan Painajainen) premiered on Finnish TV on the 28th of April 2011. The Nordic Nightmare is a half hour documentary about the Finnish Robert Helenius' life as a professional heavyweight boxer for Team Sauerland in Berlin during the time period 2009-2010. The documentary is produced by Hakalax Productions and directed by John Hakalax & Kim Finn. It was financed by the Finnish Brodcasting Company and will be aired by public broadcaster in all Nordic Countries as part of the Nordvision deal of Yle. This short documentary was well received by the media and among others the biggest daily newspaper in Finland, Helsingin Sanomat, released this review.
National Iran TV (IRIB) has acquired the Iranian broadcast rights to the Finnish State Quality Prize Awarded version of the documentary I Draw, Therefore I Am.
The documentary Body of God has secured support from the Finnish Film Foundation and is currently in production. Body of God tells the story of how Fakir Musafar's private experiments on his body as a 12 year old boy in South Dakota in early 1940s expanded to a worldwide phenomenon by the middle of the 1990s. A true tale in which also celebrities like Queen Elizabeth II, Jean Paul Gaultier and Alicia Silverstone have played their roles. Body of God is produced by Hakalax Productions Oy for Finnish Broadcasting Company. The Baltic and Russian rights are held by Hansa Meedia Ou in Tallinn. The rest of the international sales rights are held by Indigo Film and Television in London.
The production of the Pirates of Somalia - DREAMS OF A BETTER LIFE documentary is in development. Producer John Hakalax is currently working with co-producer Abdigadir Jama on finding an optimal way to integrate the production with Qatar and its potential offering of free education at acclaimed international schools in Doha for young Somali boys to prevent them from ending up as fatalistic pirates in the Indian Ocean. Visit the website of the Canadian sales agent Arrow Entertainment,
www.arrow-entertainment.com to find out more about the documentary that
targets a worldwide release in year 2012.
Hakalax Productions Oy was founded in Helsinki 1992. The company produces TV-programmes, documentaries, ads and music videos for international as well as domestic release.
2009-2010 Hakalax Productions Oy released the Kinbaku - The Art of Bondage, a documentary shot in Japan, and I Draw, Therefore I Am, a documentary about the adventurous life of Astrid Lindgren´s lead illustrator Ilon Wikland directed by Kim Finn and John Hakalax.
Kinbaku - The Art of Bondage screened in competition at tens of international film festivals in more than 20 countries during year 2010. The film was awarded with the RTP Onda Curta Prize at Curtocircuíto film festival in Spain and received an Honorary Mention at The Monterrey International Film Festival in Mexico. Portugese broadcast rights were acquired by RTP in Portugal shortly after the film premiered. In August 2010 the London based distributor Indigo Film and TV signed up the international sales rights to the film. Kinbaku The Art of Bondage was financed by Finnish Broadcasting Company and AVEK.
A one hour long version of the documentary I Draw, Therefore I Am rendered Hakalax Productions The Finnish State Quality Production Award (20,000 €) in September 2010. The film premiered at Black Night Film Festival in December 2009 and screened in competition at the Tampere International Film Festival 2010.
2008-2009 the company released several documentaries dealing with youth and children themes. All's Well That Ends Well? (aka Loppu hyvin, kaikki hyvin?) was about school bullying. Rhyme and Nonsense and Once Upon a Time both dealt with leading children book writers in Europe through history, while Brave Boys depicted the reading habits of boys in different countries. Brave Boys screened at several international children film festivals in the US and was nominated for the Best Documentary award at Khanty-Mansiysk Television Festival in Russia.