John Craig Howells
WRITER / PRODUCER / DIRECTOR
Craig comes from a background of nearly 20 years in cinema. His family ran Plaza Film Theatres in Port Talbot, South Wales, where he started as a projectionist, progressing to manager, with time at a 12 screen multiplex also. Returning to education, he received a first class honours degree in Media Performance from University of Bedfordshire and subsequently taught Creative Writing & Script Writing for several years, lastly for University of Wales, Swansea.
Craig subsequently worked with screenwriter Keith Williams (Russell Mulcahy’s Tale of The Mummy), producer Antony Smith (The Darkest Day) and director Craig Griffith (Through The Looking Glass).
He continued further industry training with BBC, TAPS, Cyfle & Screen Academy Wales and Academi+ with leading industry figures – John Giwa-Amu (prod. The Machine), John Shackleton (prod. Panic Button), Mike Parker (prod. A Mind To Kill), Michael Cowan (exec.prod. Iron Sky), Bill Lyons (lead writer. Emmerdale), David Semel (dir. American Horror Story), Ashley Pharoah (writer/creator. Life On Mars), Barbara Slade (creator – Dead Gorgeous), James Watkins (dir. The Woman In Black) &
Stephen Frears (dir. Dangerous Liaisons).
In 2009 he completed the short film The Boxer, starring former featherweight world champion Steve Robinson. The film was Nominated for Best Film in its category at the Swansea Bay Film Festival. In 2010 he completed the psychological horror short Wilderness featuring Darren Ripley. And that year also they started working together producing The Stranger.
Photograph by Terence Brett