Paul is a proud working-class Bristolian. A writer-director and filmmaker born and bred in Hartcliffe - a rough, impoverished council estate.

 

Despite a lack of formal education, Paul started out as a screenwriter, writing feature-length scripts for the spec market and has 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 iiShorts and has been selected for industry-backed mentoring and career development through Creative England and the BFi.

 

After years of honing his writing craft, Paul eventually moved into film-making too, driven by a passion to develop and direct his own work he has self-produced a plethora of successful short films across varying genres including comedy, drama, sci-fi and horror. His work has screened at festivals around the world including Bafta-Qualifying LSFF and Aesthetica and has picked up numerous awards including 'Best Uk Short' at MANIFF.

 

Paul is currently a returning participant in the BaftaXCrew program, has been backed by BFI Network who are funding his next short film and is developing an exciting slate of scripts and ideas with the aim of directing his first feature.

 

Paul is also one half of Shunk Films, an indie production house he runs alongside longtime collaborator and creative partner, Sam Dawe.

 

 

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