Paul Holbrook is a working-class writer-director and award-winning 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 award-winning feature-length scripts and narrative short films - inspired by his insatiable love for film - showcase his mastery for dramatic, rich, colorful storytelling and ability to craft memorable and diverse characters and story worlds.
Paul has made encouraging progress thus far in his career, making several quarter and semi-finals in prestigious screenwriting competitions including Page, Shore and Screencraft as well as being selected for industry-backed mentoring through Creative England. Paul has also made the later stages of BBC Writersroom and has had his work screened all over the world, winning several awards along the way including 'best UK short' at MANIFF and 'Best Director' at L.A Film Awards. Paul's short films have also screened at Bafta-Qualifying film festivals LSFF and ASFF.
Whilst his flair for '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 and 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; cool. 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's chosen industry is ever-changing and forever competitive but his passion for his craft and pro-active commitment to bring 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 'spec 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. :)
You can also find out a little more about his latest indie projects over at www.shunkfilms.co.uk.