Directing/camera/editing – Rhys Edwards, Sound: Dylan Baines, Colourist: Paul Willis Production: DocShed, Country: UK, Language: English, 9′, 2018, Rights: World

A master luthier reflects on his life’s work.

Pete Howlett, is 63 at the time of filming, had decided on his life’s target of making 1,000 instruments long before his diagnosis – he’d passed the 687 mark when he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s.

He focused all his attention on his quest to reach his life goal of completing 1,000 instruments – what he considers a “lifetime’s work” – and he’s adamant the disease won’t stop him. It is what he says all the big masters did during their life like Stradivarius.

He asked his previous intern Tommy a master craftsman from Germany to come and work with him to finish his goal of creating 1,000. instruments, Tommy becomes like a son to him.

“Aim to achieve something and the achieving of it is great,  the actual journey to get there is even greater and you don’t have to get to the finishing line you just have to get to the race.”

Pete Howlett



Directors bio

RHYS EDWARDS is a highly experienced television lighting cameraman/director of photography. He worked on numerous award-winning, primetime documentaries both in Wales and internationally, receiving many awards including three Bafta Cymru nominations for best factual photography. Producing and directing came as a natural evolution and after many successful collaborations with established production houses, He formed ‘Docshed’; a modern, independent production company crafting creative and visual programmes and films. Docshed has some exciting projects in development with premium broadcasters for theatrical and televisual releases.