Gareth Jones

[bas relief by Oleh Lesiuk]



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Complete Soviet Articles & Background Information


Précis of Gareth's Soviet Famine Articles


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Tell Them We Are Starving




Eyewitness to the Holodomor



More Than Grain of Truth



Manchukuo Incident





'Are you Listening NYT?'  U.N. Speech - Nov 2009


Gareth Recognised at Cambridge - Nov 2009


Reporter and the Genocide - Rome, March 2009


Order of Freedom Award -Nov 2008


Premiere of 'The Living' Documentary Kyiv - Nov 2008


Gareth Jones 'Famine' Diaries - Chicago 2008


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London Movie Premiere, 20th February 2017

Max Irons (Yuri). George Mendeluk (Director), Samantha Barks (Natalka) & Ian Ihnatowycz (Producer) Max Irons as Yuri and Samantha Barks as Natalka in Bitter Harvest Bitter Harvest cast & crew being introduced at the Ham House Hotel in Soho, London.
Terence Stamp as Ivan, Yuri's Cossack Warrior Grandfather  Bitter Harvest Official Trailer Max Irons again as Yuri


Based on one of the most overlooked tragedies of the 20th century, Bitter Harvest is a powerful story of love, honour, rebellion and survival as seen through the eyes of two young lovers caught in the ravages of Joseph Stalin's genocidal policies against Ukraine in the 1930s.

As Stalin advances the ambitions of communists in the Kremlin, a young artist named Yuri ( Max Irons ) battles to survive famine, imprisonment and torture to save his childhood sweetheart Natalka (Samantha Barks from the Holodomor the death-by-starvation program that ultimately killed millions of Ukrainians.

Against this tragic backdrop, Yuri escapes from a Soviet prison and joins the anti-Bolshevik resistance movement as he battles to reunite with Natalka and continue the fight for a free Ukraine.

Links to Bitter Harvest Reviews & News:

  • Ukrainian Weekly | "Bitter Harvest - universal romance shines a light on truth about the Holodomor." | Click Here.

  • BBC News | "Bitter Harvest: light shone on Ukrainian tragedy" | Click Here.

  • Globe & Mail | "Lubomyr Luciuk: A forgotten history, finally told" | Click Here.

  • Huffington Post | "New Feature Length Film about Russian's genocide in Ukraine" | Click Here.

  • Washington Times | "Bitter Harvest shows Ukrainian genocide at the hands of Soviet starvation program." | Click Here.

  • National Review | ˜Bitter Harvest and the Bitter Present in Ukraine" Click Here.

  • Rewrite This Story | ˜The cinematography, story, acting and honestly make Bitter Harvest a must see. ★★★★" Click Here.

  • | "Love story in time of Ukrainian famine sheds light on hidden history" | Click Here.

  • | "Stefan Pape reviews Bitter Harvest - one of the first English language films studying the Holodomor | Click Here.

  • | "Bitter Harvest Movie Review" | Click Here.

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Perceived Cinematic Treatment of Gareth Jones in Bitter Harvest:

  • In a short scene on a train in the movie, the only character with a pronounced Welsh accent belongs to an unnamed Welsh journalist, played by Dylan Williams. The scene is described in the Ukrainian Weekly's film review:

"On his way to the Kyiv Art Academy, Yuri encounters the [unnamed] reporter "Gareth Jones", who reveals the horrible secret of Stalin's induced famine throughout the land. As Jones disembarks, two hungry children's faces appear, pressed to the railcar window - and just as quickly, as in a dream, they disappear. Yuri then sees Jones arrested outside and his glasses (the agency of sight and truth) crushed on the pavement. Later, when Yuri is driven to sort out refuse on the streets of Kyiv, he notices a similar pair of glasses."

  • Though the scene indirectly relates to an episode from Gareth's journalist diary notes & subsequent newspaper articles, what clinches his identity is because he is unexplainably seen holding an orange peel:

    Everywhere was the cry, "There is no bread; we are dying." This cry came to me from every part of Russia. In a train a Communist denied to me that there was a famine. I flung into the spittoon a crust of bread I had been eating from my own supply. The peasant, my fellow-passenger, fished it out and ravenously ate it. I threw orange peel into the spittoon. The peasant again grabbed and devoured it. The Communist subsided. [Published: Daily Express. March 30th 1933]

    [It is understood that a following scene with Gareth throwing the orange peel into the spittoon was removed during a final edit.]

    Nonetheless, it is also believed that Gareth was after due consideration, intentionally unnamed/unaccredited in Bitter Harvest for historical accuracy because;

    1) Gareth's mysterious murder (& by most probably the Soviet Secret police) actually occurred in Inner Mongolia two years later in 1935 & unlike his screen ending is alluded to Yuri by seeing Gareth's deliberately smashed spectacles on the street of Kyiv.

    2) And furthermore, the chances of Yuri, the film's young hero, ever meeting Gareth on a train going to Kyiv would have been nigh on impossible, as Gareth never actually travelled there in 1933 (primarily since between 1919 & 1934 the then Soviet political capital of Ukraine was Kharkiv; which is where Gareth did manage to visit during his unescorted off-limits trek that year)...

    Therefore, though most cinema-goers would be completely unaware of Gareth's role in truthfully reporting the Holodomor, to those who do, then they at least, would appreciate Gareth's presence & due recognition in Bitter Harvest. In an interview with New Pathway Ian Ihnatowycz revealed: '...whether it's Gareth Jones on the train speaking to the main character, Yuri, you need to decide for yourself. That's the intrigue that we let the viewers think about and the film is very rich that way.

  • In appreciation of the above film scene's recognition of  Gareth Jones role in internationally exposing the Holodomor in 1933, then at the London premiere on 20th February 2017, Nigel Linsan Colley (great nephew of Gareth Jones) is pictured below showing as a curio, an actual pair of Gareth Jones' boyhood spectacles (which Gareth can be also seen wearing, aged about 10, circa 1915) to Ian Ihnatowycz, the film's Producer.
Professor Lubomyr Luciuk (Publisher of 'Tell Them We Are Starving -
The 1933 Soviet Diaries of Gareth Jones'
), Ian Ihnatowycz (Bitter Harvest Producer) & Nigel Linsan Colley (Great nephew of journalist Gareth Jones).
Gareth Jones, aged about 10, circa 1915 Close-up of Gareth's wearing spectacles

Nigel Colley presenting Bitter Harvest's film Director, George Mendeluk (pictured right) with a copy of: 'Tell Them We Are Starving -
The 1933 Soviet Diaries of Gareth Jones'
) at a Q&A Bitter Harvest  promotional event in London on Saturday 18th February 2017.

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