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Joel Thomas Hynes


B: in Calvert, NL

Joel Thomas Hynes has won various awards for writing in different media. His novels Down to the Dirt (2005) and Right Away Monday (2007) have been published to widespread national and international acclaim by Harper Collins Canada. He co-wrote the celebrated stageplay The Devil You Don’t Know and his most recent play Say Nothing Saw Wood, which was produced by St. John’s RCA Theatre Co in 2007, won the NL Arts and Letters Award for Best Dramatic Script. Also an actor, Hynes has performed numerous leading roles for stage, film and television. He was a contributing writer and played a leading role in the CBC’s Hatching, Matching and Dispatching, and in 2007 performed in The Movie Network’s Re-Genesis, Newfound Film’s Ashore and Heartless Disappearance Into Labrador Seas and played the lead role in the feature film adaptation of his novel Down to the Dirt. This past spring Hynes was presented with the Lawrence Jackson Creative Writing Award and was also named the Newfoundland and Labrador Art’s Council’s Artist of the Year. Hynes is now working on an original screenplay, a collection of personal essays, and a children’s book about the slippery nature of addiction. In 2014 he won the Best Atlantic Screenwriter Award from the Atlantic Film Festival for Cast Now Shadow, in which he also costarred.

Also see: Wildhood, Nova Scotia.

Features & TV Movies:
VR indicates Direct-to-Video Release

The Audience (2001, short)
Messiah from Montreal (TV-2001)
Ashore (2002)

The Breadmaker (2003)
Rabbittown (TV-2006)
Thick & Thin (2006)
The Sparky Book (voice, 2006)

Face Machine (2006)
Heartless Disappearance Into Labrador Seas (2008)
Down to the Dirt (2008)
Crackie (2009)
Grown Up Movie Star (2009)

The Con Artist (2010)
Little Man (2014, short)
Cast No Shadow (2014)
Flankers (2014, short)
Relative Happiness (2014)
First Round Down (2016)
Hunting Pignut (2016)
A Blessing from the Sea (2017, short)
Goalie (2019)
Charity (2019)

Wildhood (2021)

TV Series – Cast:
Republic of Doyle (2013-2014)
The Book of Negroes (2015, mini-series)

Little Dog (2018-)

TV series – Guest appearances:
Hatching, Matching, & Dispatching (2005)

Rookie Blue (2015)
Orphan Black (2016)
Eyewitness (2016)
Mary Kills People (2017)
Frontier (2017)

Hunting Pignut, movie, poster,
Poster for Hunting Pignut courtesy of A71 Entertainment.

Goalie, movie, poster,