Jack Howells

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Thomas John Howells (July 1913 – 6 September 1990) was a Welsh film-maker, who is best remembered for his documentary Dylan Thomas, the only Welsh film to have won an Academy Award, for Documentary Short Subject in 1963.[1]


Howells was born in Abertysswg near Rhymney and was a school teacher before switching to film-making, working within the Pathe Documentary Unit before going freelance. He wrote around 30 documentaries during the course of his career, and from the 1960s produced work for HTV, including Return To Rhymney (1972) and Penclawdd Wedding (1974). A frequent musical collaborator was Edward Williams.[2]

Although best known for his impressionistic and lyrical documentaries, he also wrote screenplays for around 30 non-TV feature films, including Front Page Story (1953) and Skid Kids (1953).[3]

Selected filmography[edit]


  1. ^ "New York Times: Dylan Thomas". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. Baseline & All Movie Guide. 2011. Archived from the original on 20 May 2011. Retrieved 26 May 2008.
  2. ^ Russell, Patrick, Taylor, James Piers (ed.). Shadows of Progress: Documentary Film in Post War Britain (2019), Chapter 8, 'The World Still Sings: Jack Howells', by Dave Berry.
  3. ^ Davies, John; Jenkins, Nigel; Menna, Baines; Lynch, Peredur I., eds. (2008). The Welsh Academy Encyclopaedia of Wales. Cardiff: University of Wales Press. p. 380. ISBN 978-0-7083-1953-6.

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