Friday, May 02, 2008

Joel Hynes at the Cannes Film Festival

Local film is in the Cannes
'Down to the Dirt' headed to world's biggest international film festival

The Telegram

A trip to the Cannes Film Festival is enough to excite even the unflappable Joel Hynes.

The local award-winning author, playwright and actor, is headed to France early next week with local filmmaker Justin Simms to show their independent film "Down to the Dirt," based on Hynes' debut novel.

"It's pretty overwhelming ... it's all good news all around and, hopefully, it will draw some attention to a little small independent flick that has exceeded all our ambitions, even," Hynes says. "I'm very happy with it. All the performances are really strong, the writing is really strong and it was a great directorial job by Justin and it was a nice end product to a little team we had there."

Hynes' book and the film tell the story of Keith Kavanagh - a hard-drinking hooligan with heart from the Southern Shore...

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Down to the Dirt is available as an unabridged audiobook from Rattling Books, narrated by Joel (Thomas) Hynes, Sherry White and Jonny Harris.