Great Start

Added on by Robert Haines.

Thanks to the wonderful people of Merthyr my project This Time in Wales is off to a flying start. Everybody has been so helpful. Here are some recent images -

Lee "The Tank" Callaghan

Came 7th in Mr Universe. Winner of Mr UK 4 times and Mr Wales 12 times. Photographed outside his home in Pant.

 

This Time in Wales

Added on by Robert Haines.

An exciting new project. I am revisiting Merthyr Tydfil and the village of Heolgerrig to photograph its people.  It will be an modern day update to my project Once Upon a Time in Wales. The project is supported by Arts Council Wales and the REDHOUSE Gallery in Merthyr Tydfil where the work will be exhibited from March to May 2016.

Elwyn Marshall - one of only three ex-miners still living in the village of Heolgerrig. Once nearly all the men were miners. He started work underground aged 14.

Elwyn Marshall - one of only three ex-miners still living in the village of Heolgerrig. Once nearly all the men were miners. He started work underground aged 14.

Astronauts, Vikings and Ghosts

Added on by Robert Haines.

My film Astronauts, Vikings and Ghosts is to be broadcast by Sky Arts on television in New Zealand.

The Arts Channel is New Zealand’s unique television channel dedicated to the arts.

I do not have any broadcast dates yet.

The Wardrobe

Added on by Robert Haines.
The original wardrobe

The original wardrobe

Rewrite of my screenplay "The Wardrobe" finally finished!

Based on true events, it tells the story of a British soldier who spent almost the entire four years of WW1 hidden from Germans in a wardrobe by two French women.

This is an emotionally wrenching and exciting true story that deserves to be told

Visit to Merthyr

Added on by Robert Haines.

In Merthyr Tydfil with Guardian journalist Chris Arnot. He is working on a new book about mining in the UK. We talked about my family history and visited the site of my father's coal mine on the mountainside above Heolgerrig.

It was bleak with a bitter North wind blowing and in the distance Pen-y-Fan iced in snow. Reminding us of the harsh conditions the miners faced getting to work in the winter months. We saw my old home, Heolgerrig House where I spent an idyllic childhood. Now a church/bar? Very emotional visit.

Retired miner, Elwyn Marshall who started work at the coalface aged 14 was a great character. His humour warmed us up after our spell on the cold mountain. Poignant visit to my hometown.

Elwyn Marshall