Joel Thomas Hynes

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Joel Thomas Hynes
Joel Thomas Hynes 2014.jpg
Hynes at the 2014 Cineplex Entertainment Film Program
Born 1976
Calvert, Newfoundland and Labrador
Occupation novelist, dramatist, screenwriter, actor
Nationality Canadian
Notable works Down to the Dirt, Cast No Shadow
Years active 2000s-present
Children Percy Hynes-White

Joel Thomas Hynes (born 1976 in Calvert, Newfoundland and Labrador) is a Canadian novelist, screenwriter, director, musician and actor.[1] He may be credited as Joel Thomas Hynes or as Joel Hynes when acting, but is always credited as Joel Thomas Hynes as a writer.

His debut novel Down to the Dirt won the Percy Janes First Novel Award, was shortlisted for the Atlantic Book Award and the Winterset Award, and was longlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award[2] and the ReLit Award.[3] The novel has been translated into several languages[which?] and was subsequently adapted into the film Down to the Dirt, in which Hynes also played the lead role.[4]

The follow up to Down to the Dirt was the novel Right Away Monday, also available with Harper Collins Publishers.

Hynes has also performed numerous lead and leading roles for television, film and theatre. His credits include the television series Hatching, Matching and Dispatching (for which he was also a writer), as well as the films Rabbittown, Crackie, The Con Artist, Messiah from Montreal, The Sparky Book, Ashore and numerous others.

Hynes was named Artist of the Year by the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council in 2008, has received the Lawrence Jackson Writer's Award, the Summerwork's Theatre Festival's Contra Guys Award, and also in 2008 won the Cuffer Prize.[5] He has also played recurring characters on Republic of Doyle, Orphan Black, Mary Kills People and Frontier.

His non-fiction book Straight Razor Days was released in September 2011,[1] followed by the gothic novella Say Nothing Saw Wood.

He wrote the screenplay for and played a supporting character in the 2014 film Cast No Shadow, which also starred his son Percy Hynes-White.[6]

He currently lives in Trinity Bay, Newfoundland. He is the nephew of singer-songwriter Ron Hynes.[7]



  • Down to the Dirt (2005)
  • Right Away Monday (2007)
  • "Say Nothing Saw Wood" (2013)
  • "We'll All Be Burnt in our Beds Some Night" (2017)


  • The Devil You Don't Know (co-written with Sherry White) (2011
  • Say Nothing Saw Wood (2009)
  • Broken Accidents (2010)
  • Incinerator Road (2011)


  • God Help Thee: A Manifesto (2011)


  • Straight Razor Days (2012)





  1. ^ a b "You Best Listen Up B'y: Joel Hynes' Novel's Gonna Change Your Life". The Uniter, October 6, 2005.
  2. ^ 2006 Longlist. International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.
  3. ^ "2005 ReLit Award longlists revealed". Quill & Quire, February 21, 2005.
  4. ^ Down to the Dirt at Toronto film fest. Quill & Quire, August 29, 2008.(subscription required)
  5. ^ "Joel Hynes named Artist of the Year by Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council". Quill & Quire, May 16, 2008.
  6. ^ "Newfoundland film casts big shadow at festival". The Chronicle-Herald, September 14, 2014.
  7. ^ "Singer Ron Hynes brings his folk classic to Greenbank hall". Port Perry Star, November 30, 2014.

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