Represented by United Agents
Paul Holbrook is an award-winning writer and director. A proud working-class Bristolian, he was born and bred in Hartcliffe - a council estate in the South West of England.
Despite a lack of formal education, Paul started out as a screenwriter, writing feature-length scripts for the spec market and made encouraging progress, advancing in various industry-backed screenwriting competitions including Page, Shore, Screencraft and in 2018 made the final 1% of The Academy Nicholl Fellowship (The Oscars). He has also made the final stages of the BBC Writersroom, the later stages of iShorts, and has been selected for industry-backed mentoring and career development through Creative England, Bafta, and the BFI.
As a filmmaker, Paul's work looks to fuse the flair of genre cinema with grounded social realism and his passion for intimate, character-driven stories is evident in all of his produced work. His films have screened and won numerous awards at Bafta, BIFA, and Oscar-qualifying festivals around the world including Palm Springs, BFI London, Encounters, and Aesthetica.
His short film Hungry Joe was described by Short of the Week as "One of the UK's great modern horror shorts" and his highly anticipated follow-up film Hollow has garnered similar critical acclaim across the industry.
Paul is a returning member of the BaftaXBFICrew program, has been funded by BFI Network and Enter The Pitch, and is developing various projects in the drive towards his debut feature.