Joel Thomas Hynes is a multidisciplinary artist from Newfoundland, Canada, and is creator, writer, star, and executive producer of Little Dog. Hynes’ latest novel, We’ll All Be Burnt in Our Beds Some Night, won the 2017 Governor General’s Literary Award for English language fiction and was also included on the long list for the 2017 Scotiabank Giller Prize as well as the winner for the BMO Winterset Award.
Hynes has worked in the Canadian film and television industry for more than fifteen years as a writer, actor and director. He’s written and directed two award-winning short films, Clipper Gold and Little Man, and is the author of numerous acclaimed books and stage plays including the novels Down to the Dirt and Right Away Monday. Hynes recently penned the screen adaption of his book Say Nothing Saw Wood under the title Cast No Shadow, which was nominated for four 2015 Canadian Screen Awards including Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Motion Picture.
As an actor he’s performed numerous lead and principal roles for TV and film, including Down to the Dirt, Crackie, Cast No Shadow, Book of Negroes, ReGenesis, Rookie Blue, Republic of Doyle, Mary Kills People and Orphan Black. Most recently he starred in the indie feature Scattered & Small as well as a supporting role in Goalie opposite Mark O’Brien.
Hynes’ awards include the 2014 AFF’s Best Atlantic Screenwriter, The Newfoundland and Labrador Artist of the Year Award, Nickel Independent Film Festival People’s Choice Award, The Yorkton Film Festival Best Actor Award, The Lawrence Jackson Creative Writing Award, The Cuffer Prize, Summerworks Theatre Festival Best Dramatic Script Award and the Newfoundland Arts and Letters Award for Best Dramatic Script.
Hynes is an alumnus of the Cineplex Screenwriter’s Lab at the Canadian Film Centre in Toronto. He can be seen in the current season of Netflix’s drama Frontier.