Paul Holbrook is a working-class, multi award-winning screenwriter, director and filmmaker. Growing up on a rough, poverty-stricken council estate in Bristol, UK, Paul fell in love with the escapism of 'cinema' from a young age. His impressive portfolio of work to date showcase his mastery for dramatic, rich, colorful storytelling and ability to craft memorable and diverse characters and story worlds.
Whilst his flair for character-driven 'genre cinema' is evident in his produced films and indeed his unproduced screenplays; they retain a grounded, real-world feel, with stories often set in working-class arenas with a unique and distinct voice. Although his films usually fall into narrative drama, he has also successfully dipped his toe into the world of comedy, horror and sci-fi too.
He aims for his stories to be rich, colourful and evocative but above all else; affecting. Growing up in the 80's; Paul was inspired by arguably the greatest era in brave and exciting movie-making, although in his opinion the greatest film ever made is Scorcese's Taxi Driver.
Paul has made encouraging progress thus far in his career, advancing in prestigious screenwriting competitions including Page, Shore, Screencraft and the Academy Nicholl Fellowship as well as being selected for industry-backed mentoring through Creative England and career development through BaftaX Crew 2018.
Paul has also made the later stages of BBC Writersroom and has had his film work screened all over the world, winning several awards along the way including 'Best UK Short' at MANIFF, 'Best Film' at CFF and 'Best Director' at L.A Film Awards. Paul's short films have also screened at BAFTA-Qualifying film festivals LSFF and ASFF.
In 2019, Paul will be directing his first BFI-backed short film.
Paul's chosen industry is ever-changing and forever competitive but his passion for his craft and pro-active commitment to bringing projects to life continues to thrive as his star inevitably continues to rise.
Paul is actively seeking producers to collaborate with to hopefully move exciting projects forward, so please take a look at the 'projects' section and shoot him an e-mail should you want to read any of his work, talk further about any particular project or indeed ask him any questions. :)