Ed is playwright,director and producer,whose work has been widely distributed to over 80 countries.
Ed Thomas is co creator, co writer, one of 4 directors and Executive Producer on HINTERLAND/Y GWYLL, 4×96′ detective drama shot back to back in English and Welsh for S4C, BBC Wales and BBC4 with international distribution by All3Media. Ed is currently directing series 3 of HINTERLAND (2 of 4 films).
His first play HOUSE OF AMERICA (1988) won the Time Out award for the best new play in London, was adapted into a 35mm feature film in 1996, which premiered at the Sundance Festival Utah and won numerous awards including 10 BAFTA Wales awards. His other plays include FLOWERS OF THE DEAD RED SEA (1991), EAST FROM THE GANTRY (1993), SONG FROM A FORGOTTEN CITY (1995), GAS STATION ANGEL (1998) and STONE CITY BLUE (2004) have toured all over the UK, Europe and Australia, translated into more than 10 languages, and played at venues including the Royal Court, Donmar Warehouse, Tramway Glasgow and Lyceum Edinburgh.
“nothing prepared us for the explosion of guilt, anger, passion and cultural concern of this work….its thrilling stuff” THE GUARDIAN
“unsentimental,madly imaginative and lyrical…brilliant” THE INDEPENDENT
Ed is also the founder member and Creative Director of Cardiff based film and TV independent production company Fiction Factory. Since 1995 he has written directed or produced more than 120 hours of popular and innovative drama across all genres for the BBC, ITV, CHANNEL 5 and S4C garnering more than 70 nominations and awards from BAFTA Wales to ROSE D’or PRIX EUROPA. His credits include SATELLITE CITY, FALLEN SONS, SILENT VILLAGE, CHINA, CWMGIEDD/COLOMBIA and the detective series MIND TO KILL which Freemantle Media distributed to more than 80 countries worldwide.
Ed is also a fluent Welsh speaker and over the last seven years alone has produced more than 60 hours of drama for S4C including 5 series of CAERDYDD, Y PRIS, PEN TALAR and GWAITH/CARTREF, with international distribution through Mentorn Media and Eurochannel.
He lives in Cardiff with his wife and child and is working on a new slate of work.
Picture by Jo Mazelis